All through college he found solace in the library; he lost himself in the world of words. And then that library became a career in journalism, exposure became experience and words became poems. A poet, an author and currently the Editor of BBC Hindi service, Nidheesh Tyagi feels books make this world an exciting place.
Born in Bastar, Chattisgarh, Tyagi has lived and worked in 10 cities in India. He has been instrumental in launching newspapers from Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Bhopal. As the Editor of BBC Hindi, he is responsible for content on radio, web and TV. Versed in English, Hindi and Gujarati, his book of short stories, ‘Tamanna Tum Ab Kahan Ho’, was published by Penguin India in Hindi in 2013. He shares the list of books which have inspired him and which might inspire others too.
1. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda:
This selection of Neruda’s poetry, the most comprehensive single volume available in English, presents nearly 600 poems, scores of them in new and sometimes multiple translations, and many accompanied by the Spanish original. In his introduction, Ilan Stavans situates Neruda in his native milieu as well as in a contemporary English language one and a group of new translations by leading poets testifies to Neruda’s enduring, vibrant legacy among English-speaking writers and readers today.
2. The Element by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica:
The authors showcase how most people are underachieving in the education and business sectors. By using simple examples of how children get bored at school or how workers are misused, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything illustrates that these problems can all be solved. Readers will come across stories about actress Meg Ryan, writer Arianna Huffington, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, physicist Richard Feynman and Matt Groening, who is the creator of The Simpsons.
3. Essays in Love by Alain de Botton:
A novel about two young people, who meet on an airplane between London and Paris and rapidly fall in love. Ends up as a reality check.
4. Makers of Modern India by Ramchandra Guha:
To get a first hand sampler of how India’s great leaders, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru and others, wrote.
5. Saye Mein Dhoop (Hindi Ghazals) by Dushyant Kumar:
Easy to read and get inspired ‘kaise aakaash mein soorakh nahin ho sakta, ek paththar to tabiyat se uchhalo yaaron’
6. Adha Gaon by Rahi Masoom Raza:
A funny witty novel about communalism and rural India.
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