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    Who do you read?

    namaste,
    I am curious aside from texts on Hinduism what else and who do you read? e.g. do you read biographies, books on philosophy, leadership, management, technology, astronomy etc. Would you like to share titles of books/ names of authors?
    satay

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    Re: Who do you read?

    I would love to but with family there is no time for such activities.

    The last novel I read was a few years ago - a novel by David Baldacci - do not remember which.

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    Namaste

    I am not able to read as much as I did in previous years due to my current work responsibilities, but a lot of my reading has been occupied exactly by that - books and articles related to my professional field.

    Occasionally time allows for other academic subjects I find interesting.

    Otherwise, I enjoy science fiction, particularly that which I believe is useful in presaging and influencing the future. My favorite author of recent times is Howard V. Hendrix, I highly recommend his book "the Labyrinth Key" for all those interested in transhumanism and its spiritual dimensions.

    There's also Iain Banks for a rather interesting view of post-humanity.

    On the non-fiction side, Drexler and Kurzweil are excellent authors.

    The most important readings for understanding our world, as we face it, are in my opinion those which deal with ecological and sustainability issues.

    Some good authors here are:
    Daniel Quinn
    Murray Bookchin
    Michael Polan
    Paul Hawken
    Jared Diamond

    Hope this is helpful

    Namaste

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    Hello,

    Hm well...I don't really have the time to read now with all the work But I got interest everywhere, and I love to read and study Gustav Jung's books (psychology) and Campbell "the hero with thousand faces' (sociology/ethnology) that relate and analyse the myths and gods of all around to world, with the theory that every single of them come from the same point.

    This may be boring for some, but I personnally have a great interest studying the culture of all around the world.

    Aum
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    Re: Who do you read?

    Namasté,

    ...aside from texts on Hinduism...

    Well, you've just axed 90% of my reading right there. Dang it!

    Since upping my work hours, I've been reading books composed of short individual pieces - a lovely volume of Kangra folk tales called Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon, for example, or a book of W.B. Yeats poetry - items which can be read one by one on the bus, and then bookmarked for later without dropping a main story thread.

    Other authors I'm reading, you've never heard of - yet! I can't give my friends much by way of companionship - unless they want to get together for a 5 a.m. coffee sometime - but I try to support their work by reading and giving constructive criticism. My goodness, it's such a blessing to know some really talented people. In the last year I've read and helped edit countless drafts of a friend's (soon-to-be-published, yay!) novel (as well as some of her other projects), kept up with another friend's story-in-progress, and am excitedly reading/working with a third friend, who has just completed a play that is a masterpiece. Publishing is a business, after all, and there are some phenomenal writers out there who are no less brilliant for the lack of store presence.

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    Re: Who do you read?

    Namaste,

    You might have already seen/read some or all of these classics:

    What is Man - Mark Twain
    Letters from Heaven - Mark Twain
    The Prophet - Khalil Gibran
    Essays by Henry David Thoreau (Civil Disobedience, Walden Pond and other essays)
    Works of Walt Whitman

    All of them should be available at your local library.

    The ultimate aim is to see what resonates with your thinking and how much of what you read can be made part of your everyday life. Reading for the sake of reading is the same as watching the grass grow.

    Pranam.

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    Re: Who do you read?

    Quote Originally Posted by Indraneela View Post

    In the last year I've read and helped edit countless drafts of a friend's (soon-to-be-published, yay!) novel (as well as some of her other projects), kept up with another friend's story-in-progress, and am excitedly reading/working with a third friend, who has just completed a play that is a masterpiece. Publishing is a business, after all, and there are some phenomenal writers out there who are no less brilliant for the lack of store presence.

    Indraneela
    Vannakkam: From what I've seen on here, I'm sure you are an incredible editor. An editor makes a story, or anything for that matter. I am working on short stories ... spiritual ones where a problem is dealt with via a Hindu technique, meant for upper teens use. It's realistic fiction, but challenging to get both the pizzazz of a good story and the subtleties of the technique into it. We (more or less co-authored) 'discovered' a really good editor right under my nose in the name of my daughter who lives in your city.

    Then there's the humour column, the light Hindu travel stuff (India Abroad article, etc.) and my pet, the childrens' novel series, yet to find a publisher.

    So other than the daily sadhana readings, I too don't read. But write, yup.

    Congratulations to your friend on actually getting something published. That's amazing, given the state of the industry.

    Aum namasivaya

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    Re: Who do you read?

    Book read recently - 'Elegant Universe' by Brian Greene
    Next book on the list 'Shadows of the mind' by Roger Penrose.

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    Re: Who do you read?

    The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
    The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
    Tao of Wu - RZA
    By any Means Necessary - Malcolm X
    Blindness - Jose Saramago
    The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
    The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
    The Urban Heritage Of West Africa
    The First Emperor Of China-Clements
    Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome-Joy Leary
    The Ruins Of Empires-C.F Volney
    Song Of Solomon-Toni Morrison
    100 years of solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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    Re: Who do you read?

    Namaste,

    I'm a massive fan of the Harry Potter series (J.K Rowling) and have read all the books about a million times each. Apart from that, here are some more favourites -

    Lord Of The Rings (J.R Tolkien)
    Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
    The Millennium Trilogy (Stieg Larsson)
    The Bourne Series (Robert Ludlum)
    Angels & Demons, and the Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)

    I mostly love gripping thriller/sci-fi novels with some good humour thrown in. Hopefully I'll get to write one down the line too.
    Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I concentrate my attention on the son of Pavana,
    And humbly ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to relieve me of all painful blemishes.

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