Time flies and here we are at the end of another year. With Netflix and computer games taking up so much more of our time, reading books is sidelined for many.
It may seem like reading is a dying hobby but you will be pleased to know that book sales have gone up this year!
Novels will draw you into a world not your own and give you the time of your life, but when it comes to non-fiction, it isn’t all dry and textbook-like.
Here are 12 non-fiction books of 2018 (published by Oxford University Press) that have done very well this year:
1. ‘Indian Mobility’ by Ravi Agarwal
The book talks about how the internet-enabled smartphone is starting a revolution in India. And like all revolutions, the author argues, this one is creating impacts on society, on family life, on the way Indians bank, eat, shop, learn, love, work, and play.
Indian Mobility’ charts how an ancient civilization is being disrupted by a new technology in ways both hopeful and worrisome.
Focussing on how the smart phone is enabling access to education; creating job markets; redefining traditional gender relations, marital and family structure; bringing banking to the remotest alongside a growing communication and infrastructure development, small entrepreneurs, the books examines fast moving class mobility and its relationship with India’s social fabric.
Ravi Agrawal is CNN International’s New Delhi Bureau Chief, responsible for the network’s multi-platform news coverage of India and its neighboring countries
2. ‘The Aadhar Effect’ by NS Ramnath and Charles Assisi
This book talks about the inside story of the world’s largest data management project and how it will change your life.
The book by NS Ramnath and Charles Assisi provides compelling narrative and significant takeaways of one of the biggest and most audacious transformational projects in India in recent times that leverages the power of technology to help improve the lives of a billion people.
India is at a critical phase of development. As the world’s largest democracy, it needs to make sure that the fruits of development reach all its people. That means creating new jobs, providing education, health and financial inclusion for a billion people.
Earlier this year, Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, was in Bangalore, India. He was briefed about the plan behind Aadhaar. He was stunned by what he heard.
In his own home market, such platforms tended to be run by private players, like Google, Apple and Amazon. There is no example of a public digital infrastructure being built, at least not at this scale, anywhere in the world.
3. ‘Three Times Unlucky’ by Salman Khurshid
This book is the story of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Shayara Bano v Union of India or the Triple Talaq’ judgment. The author in light of the judgment explains the practice of Triple Talaq’.
The book examines that the practice in most Muslim countries is to treat Triple Talaq’ not as three pronouncements in one sitting counting as a valid irrevocable divorce, but rather as one pronouncement.
It further clarifies that the view that Triple Talaq’ cannot be an effective divorce, if made, as three irrevocable pronouncements in one sitting is supported by many judicial rulings over many decades.
4. ‘Tabiyat’ by Farokh Erach Udwadia
This book is a collection of nine masterly and thought provoking essays written by noted physician Farokh Erach Udwadia.
In this book he discusses topics of contemporary importance like Ayurveda, medical ethics, medical inventions during wars, nursing and the influence of Florence Nightingale, importance of music in healing and death.
This book is a collection of topics of contemporary significance reflecting the author’s ethical conviction to combine today’s science with yesterday’s art of medicine in the hope that the pursuit of science as applied to medicine does not do harm to humanity.
One of the essays trace the roots of Ayurveda, its philosophy, rise and achievements and also discusses reasons for its stagnation after the 18th century in contrast to the rise of Western medicine.
Padma Bhushan awardee Farokh Erach Udwadia is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Grant Medical College, JJ Hospital, Bombay; and Consultant and Director Incharge of ICU, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.
5.’Economics for Political Change: The Collected Works of Manmohan Singh’
The multi-volume set documents the evolution of Dr Manmohan Singh’s thoughts over more than half-a-century as an academic, policymaker, and politician.
This set will offer insights into the mind of an influential figure in India’s political and economic history.
The six volumes will focus on bringing together the essays and lectures of Singh on an area of workIndia’s export trends and the prospects for self-sustained growth, trade and development, international economic order and equity in development, economic reforms and speeches/press-conference/interviews during his tenure as the prime minister.
Each volume will be introduced by an expert in the field, such as Dr C Rangarajan, Professor K Sundaram, Professor Nicholas Stern with Shantanu Singh, and Professor Rudrangshu Mukherjee.