Friday, April 15, 2005


1)Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein
2)Catch-22, Joseph Heller
3)1984, George Orwell
4)To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee
5)The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
6)Animal Farm, George Orwell
7)Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
8)The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
9)Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
10)Zen and the Art of Motocyle Maintenance, Robert M Pirsig

Once, there was a God-fearing citizen in a village. He had everything--money, fame, a god-fearing wife and two god-fearing children. One day, an ascetic came to their house asking for alms and predicted a great predicament upon their house. They called him in and asked his advice. He told them some pujas and vratas to perform. In return they graciously offered him some gold coins, some clothes and some grain. While this was going on, the youngest son noticed something weird with the beard of the ascetic, and pulled at it.. and Lo! and came into his hands... that ascetic was a charlatan! They kicked him out of the house and they all thanked God for revealing them the truth in time. From then on, they decided not to trust any ascetic who come to their door. One day God wanted to test them, and he went in the form of an ascetic and asked for alms..they called him in, and offered food which he graciously accepted and blessed them a long healthy and prosperous life, but secretly they were all looking at his beard. Then while he was starting to leave, all of them suddenly lunged on to his beard... it didnt come off, but the ascetic (God actually if you remember!) got might angry and cursed them to a mean lowly life from now on. It turns
out that even the blessings of the God-ascetic became useless and the charlatan-ascetic was right after all!

Oh and By the way, the ten books mentioned above are the top ten widely read books of the twentieth century.


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