Joy Bhattacharjya

Joy Bhattacharjya

Work in sport. Quiz. Read. Write. Try to think. Retweets ARE endorsements. We need to stand by our decisions.


10+ Book Recommendations by Joy Bhattacharjya

  • An extract from Amartya Sen's memoirs, about a book shop on College Street. Struck such a chord! My favourite was Das Gupta, established in 1886, which I used as a kind of library.

  • Labyrinths of Reason

    William Poundstone

    This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant.

    @KS1729 @kaushikcbasu @ptrmadurai Poundstone's Labyrinth's of Reason is such an amazing book.

  • A memoir of an English boy growing up on the Greek island of Corfu recounts the author's humorous adventures as he collects all kinds of animals and insects and brings them back to the house, much to his family's dismay.

    @TathagataChatt2 @Alfred_Prufrock Very very readable and fun. They, along with My Family & Other Animals were my comfort books

  • Moons A Balloon

    David Niven

    Takes readers back to David Niven's childhood days, his humiliating expulsion from school and to his army years and wartime service. After the war, he returned to America and there came his Hollywood success in films such as "Wuthering Heights" and "Around the World in 80 Days".

    @TathagataChatt2 @Alfred_Prufrock Very very readable and fun. They, along with My Family & Other Animals were my comfort books

  • The Big Short

    Michael Lewis

    The author examines the causes of the U.S. stock market crash of 2008 and its relation to overpriced real estate, bad mortgages, shareholder demand for excessive profits, and the growth of toxic derivatives.

    @taidk I enjoyed the book more.

  • @Ashwin7782 Off the top of my head, so it'll probably change the next time someone asks. 1) To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams, Skin in the Game - Nassim Taleb, Cuckold - Kiran Nagarkar, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

  • Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death! To mark the 80th anniversary of Hercule Poirot's first appearance, and to celebrate his renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this collection of facsimile first editions will be the perfect way to enjoy these books in their original form - 15 novels and one short story collection. Reproducing the original typesetting and formats of the first editions from the Christie family's own archive copies, these books sport the original covers which have been painstakingly restored from the best available copies, reflecting five decades of iconic cover design.

    @Ashwin7782 Off the top of my head, so it'll probably change the next time someone asks. 1) To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams, Skin in the Game - Nassim Taleb, Cuckold - Kiran Nagarkar, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Viktor Emil Frankl

    Viennese psychiatrist tells his grim experiences in a German concentration camp which led him to logotherapy, an existential method of psychiatry.

    @Aakriti1 It is one of the most inspiring books ever

  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Jordan Ellenberg

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Gödel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

    @Pragya_999 I recommend @JSEllenberg's book to everyone I know. You should follow him, if you don't already.

  • A Shot at History

    Abhinav Bindra

    This article is vintage Brijnath. And if you have to read just one book on Indian sport, it's got to be "A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold and Beyond" by @Abhinav_Bindra & @rohitdbrijnath!

  • Go!

    Penguin India

    One of my favourite projects. And the book has so many amazing insights into Indian sport from the likes of Rahul Dravid, Abhinav Bindra, Sharda Ugra, Rohit Brijnath & so many more. Do read!

  • 'Reads like something from a thriller...colourful, detailed and meticulously researched' Sunday Times 'Gripping from start to finish' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads 'Remarkable and brilliantly researched non-fiction thriller...focussing on one extraordinary story that had never been properly told before' William Dalrymple, Spectator Anita Anand tells the remarkable story of one Indian's twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds. When Sir Michael O'Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, ordered Brigadier General Reginald Dyer to Amritsar, he wanted him to bring the troublesome city to heel. Sir Michael had become increasingly alarmed at the effect Gandhi was having on his province, as well as recent demonstrations, strikes and shows of Hindu-Muslim unity. All these things, in Sir Michael's mind at least, were a precursor to a second Indian Mutiny. What happened next shocked the world. An unauthorised political gathering in the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in April 1919 became the focal point for Sir Michael's law enforcers. Dyer marched his soldiers into the walled garden, filled with thousands of unarmed men, women and children, blocking the only exit. Then, without issuing any order to disperse, he instructed his men to open fire, turning their guns on the thickest parts of the crowd. For ten minutes, they continued firing, stopping only when 1650 bullets had been fired. Not a single shot was fired in retaliation. According to legend, a young, low-caste orphan, Udham Singh, was injured in the attack, and remained in the Bagh, surrounded by the dead and dying until he was able to move the next morning. Then, he supposedly picked up a handful of blood-soaked earth, smeared it across his forehead and vowed to kill the men responsible, no matter how long it took. The truth, as the author has discovered, is more complex but no less dramatic. She traced Singh's journey through Africa, the United States and across Europe before, in March 1940, he finally arrived in front of O'Dwyer in a London hall ready to shoot him down. The Patient Assassin shines a devastating light on one of the Raj's most horrific events, but reads like a taut thriller, and reveals some astonishing new insights into what really happened.

    The incredibly stirring story of Udham Singh. Thanks so much for the book @kshemalw, you made my day.

  • Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers after a series of brutal crimes terrorize tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.

    Killing Floor won every commercial book around that year, and Lee Child never had to wonder again at what he would do with his life.