The books that changed my life

Let me honest; I was not a big fan of reading.

But after seeing my parents hooked onto books and magazines for hours together, much before the 'Internet Godzilla' took over the world, I got curious.

I started picking up magazines, then graduated myself to books. Much of these books that were going to give meaning to my thoughts and ideas. 

Now, I love reading books, and off late have been reading them on the Kindle I picked up early this year.​

As you go through the selected list of these amazing books that I’ve read, you’ll notice that a majority of books are around self-help, self-development and spirituality.

Right from childhood, I was naturally drawn towards philosophy and life in general. And some of these books are still my go - to - guides.

Some of these books are more than a decade old, and I’ve been grateful to these amazing authors to share their world of pain and triumphs that lead them to share their real life experiences to inspire a generation to give them hope and belief.

I know these books can impact your lives in a super positive way and shape your mind to be more rational, reflective and mindful in the next thing you’re going to do.

Happy reading.

1. "The Other Side Of Me" - Sidney Sheldon

2. "#askgaryvee" - Gary Vaynerchuk

3. "Without Feathers" - Woody Allen

4. "See You At The Top" - Zig Ziglar

5. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho

6. "Finding Your Element" - Sir Ken Robison

7. "The Freethinker's Prayer Book" - Khushwant Singh

8. "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" - Robert Kiyosaki

9. "Winnning : How To Win In Business And In Life!"  - Jack Welch

10. "The Art Of Choosing" - Sheena Iyengar

11. "Thrive" - Ariana Huffington

12. "How To Have A Beautiful Mind" - Edward De Bono

13. "Let It Go" - Pat Flynn

14. "Like The Flowing River: Thoughts And Reflections" - Paulo Coelho

15. "Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius" - Erik Wahl

16. "Stumbling On Happiness" - Daniel Gilbert

17. "Think On These Things" - J. Krishnamurti

18. "Three Truths Of Well Being" - Sadhguru

19. "Steal Like an Artist"  - Austin Kleon

20. "Brother Ray - Ray Charles' Own Story"  -  Ray Charles and David Ritz

21. "The Way Of The Sufi" - Osho

22. "The Art Of Happiness" - Howard C. Cutler And Dalai Lama

23. "Tuesdays With Morrie" - Mitch Albom

24. "Bossy Pants" - Tina Fey

25. "Dreams From My Father" - Barack Obama

26. "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" - Julia Cameron

27. "Gods, Demons & Others" - R.K.Narayan

28. "Blink" - Malcom Gladwell

29. "Lean In" - Sheryl Sandberg

30. "Steve Jobs" - Walter Isaacson

About the Author Prashant Pillai

Prashant Pillai is one of the most experimental and distinctive musical producers around today. An unconventional thinker, Prashant is a thought leader on creativity and music and his writings can be followed on the blog here.

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  • Peter Isaac Simon

    Noticed you prefer a certain tinge of both exploration and inspiration in what you read,
    so here are a few more to round off that list: 🙂

    For One’s Craft
    1. The Soundscape by R. Murray Schafer
    2. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin
    3. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
    4. The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore
    5. Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh Patel
    6. The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
    7. Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination by Robert Jourdain (composer)
    8. Rick Rubin: In the Studio by Jake Brown
    9. The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology by John Ortiz
    10. Zen and the Art of Mixing by Mixerman
    11. Audio-Vision : Sound on Screen by Michel Chion
    12. Brian Eno: His Music And The Vertical Color Of Sound by Eric Enno Tamm
    13. Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr

    For One’s Heart and Mind
    1. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
    2. On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
    3. I’ll Be You and You Be Me by Ruth Krauss
    4. Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers by Leonard Koren
    5. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
    6. Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? by Gemma Elwyn Harris
    7. The Artful Universe by John Barrow
    8. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
    9. The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee
    10. The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
    11. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
    12. The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
    13. Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai

    For One’s Soul
    0. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    1. The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman
    2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    3. Where the Heart Beats by Kay Larson
    4. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall
    5. In Rising Strong by Brené Brown
    6. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    7. Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton
    8. The Confidence Trap by David Runciman
    9. H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
    10. Thunder & Lightning by Lauren Redniss
    11. A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros
    12. Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden
    13. The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty by Soetsu Yanagi
    14. In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

    Hope this does the job to begin a riveting #2017
    #ChallengeYourShelf … Peace and Respect. 🙂