Recommended Reading

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Here you can find a number of books that I have enjoyed and have recommended in the past, including a few novels for good measure. Each of these link to Amazon so that you can read more about each one, though you can feel free to support other vendors, including your local bookshop. This page will be updated every once in awhile so feel free to check back. May these books befriend you!

Yoga, Philosophy, Wisdom

One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
The Magus of Strovolos by Kyriacos C. Markides
The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts by Issai Chozanshi
Kinship With All Life by J. Allen Boone
A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
The Art of War by Sun Tzu (esp the James Clavell edition)
The Self Possessed by Dr. Fred Smith
Mysticism in the 21st Century by Dr. Connell Monette
Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga: The Principles of Hatha Yoga by Shandor Remete
Ka: Stories of the Minds and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso
Jnaneswari by Shri Jnaneswar Maharaj
Yogavataranam: The Translation of Yoga: A New Approach to Sanskrit by Zoë Slatoff-Ponté
The Tracker by Tom Brown Jr.
White Lama by Douglas Veenhof


Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez
Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalyrymple
The Last Mughal by William Dalyrymple
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalyrymple
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman
An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor
Churchill’s Secret War by Madhusree Mukerjee


Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch
How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice by Dr. Claudia Welch
The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Dr. Vasant Lad
Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad


Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
True Grit by Charles Portis
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Possession by A. S. Byatt
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander

Books about Bombay

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
No God in Sight by Altaf Tyrewala

Photo: Dr. Svoboda with colleagues Dr. Ramkumar Kutty and Dr. Claudia Welch