Montek Singh Ahluwalia's Favorite Book Picks
Montek Singh Ahluwalia is an Indian economist and civil servant who was the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, a position which carries the rank of a Cabinet Minister.
"My taste really runs from political biography, history, historical drama and contemporary analysis political and economic events."
"I like to read everyday, certainly before going to bed and spend atleats half an hour reading something or the other."

[Source: Just Books,NDTV]

Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
" She (Sun Shuyun) really retraced the journey of Xuanzang from china to india. This book gives a bit of history and bit of her own experiences, a great read. "
Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud is a beautifully written account of Sun Shuyun's journey to retrace the steps of one of the most popular figures in Chinese history -- the monk Xuanzang, who travelled to India searching for true Buddhism.Xuanzang should be known as one of the world's great heroes. His travels across Asia to bring true Buddhism back to China are legendary, and his own book provides a unique record of the history and culture of his time. Yet he is unknown to most of us and even to most Chinese, whose knowledge of Buddhist history has been eradicated by decades of Communist rule.
The Year Of The Rooster
" It is a wonderful account of contemporary China. "
More and more Chinese are getting disenchanted with the growing injustice corrupt officials censorship permanent surveillance propaganda and repression of the system. Both the educated classes and the one billion peasants who have been by passed by party driven industrialization are protesting loudly.
The Hindu Equilibrium
" Its a really good book on history and economics, which traces the story of India's economic institutional development. "
India is an emerging giant. This book explains its long economic stagnation and recent rise by examining its social, political and historical evolution in long term perspective. It explains how its distinct social system based on caste arose and why it still is of importance in its political and social arrangements, despite India's recent move from the plan to market.
Nice Guys Finish Second
" Wonderful book, strongly recommended. "
B. K. Nehru was an Indian diplomat and Ambassador of India to the United States between 1961 and 1968. He was a nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru and the son of Brijlal and Rameshwari Nehru. He had to dictate this memoir as he had trouble with his vision, which makes it all the more different in its nature. He recalls his childhood spent with his patriarchal granduncle, Motilal. There is also a delightful description of how his father taught him Sanskrit, Persian classics and science, and Sanskrit during his prolonged activity of shaving! B. K. Nehru also speaks of his early memories of Jawaharlal Nehru and the book contains several details that not many would know of the first Prime Minister of India. Striking a remarkable balance between his personal and professional life, Nice Guys Finish Second also talks about his experiences as diplomat extraordinaire.
The Butcher of Amritsar
" This is a terrific book. "
On 13 April 1919, General Reginald Dyer marched a squad of Indian soldiers into the Jallianwala Bagh, a large enclosed public space in the holy city of Amritsar, and opened fire without warning on a crowd gathered to hear political speeches, leaving over 200 dead. To some, Dyer was the savior of India, responding decisively to threatened insurrection, but to many in India, including Gandhi and Nehru, his action proved the moral bankruptcy of the British Empire. The bitter debate that followed the shootings, the worst atrocity perpetrated by the British in the twentieth century, almost brought down the Liberal Government and was a decisive turning point in India's march to independence. "The Butcher of Amritsar" is a definitive account of the massacre set in the context of a biography of Reginald Dyer, a man whose attitudes reflected many of the views common in the Raj.