What are Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja reading during the lockdown

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What are Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja reading during the lockdown
Photograph courtesy: Sonam Kapoor/Instagram

Sonam Kapoor recently posted photos of her and Anand Ahuja on her Instagram that revealed the couple's book collection. We took a closer look for you!

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja are self-isolating in his spectacular Delhi home that seems to have everything you could ask for – a sprawling lawn, beautiful rooms and a spectacular book collection. So when Soam pictures from their home, we couldn’t help but zoom in to sneak a peek into their amazing book collection. Here are all the books we could identify.

1. Feel Free by Zadie Smith

The English author’s collection of essays covers a vast range of topics – from Ella Fitzgerald to social media and Prince’s dancing to English seasons.

2. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

The poignant novel narrates the tale of modern-day Mynmar through the eyes of Louisa and her parents Benny and Khin. Miss Burma is an award-winning novel about colonialism, ethnicity, war, and, of course, the ties of blood.

3. Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

As they report from the streets of Palestine and coral reefs of Palau, authors Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy narrate the stories of scientific discoveries as well as pioneering social and ecological innovations as they ask the all-important question: how could one build a more resilient world. Zolly and Healy’s book isn’t just eye-opening and provocative, it also offers insight into why some communities and systems fall apart in the face of disruption and just how they could potentially bounce back.

4. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The self-help guru became a global phenomenon with his breakthrough guide The Power of Now. A New Earth is Tolle’s attempt at expanding on the ideas he explored in The Power of Now and showing how one’s attachment to the ego leads to jealousy, anger and unhappiness. A New Earth has been described as ‘illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting’ and a ‘profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.’

5. India 24 Hours

The coffee table book is a collection of spectacular pictures showcasing a slice of life in contemporary India. Edited by the legendary photographer Raghu Rai, India 24 Hours doesn’t just capture the exotic shots of the Taj Mahal and the Varanasi Ghats but also of the everyday life that passes us by.

6. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The philosophical novel by the late American author Daniel Quinn attempts to examine the hidden cultural biases that drive the modern civilisation. It also explores other themes such as sustainability and ethics as well as that of global catastrophe.

7. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson

The blogger-turned author’s book makes a case against the stereotypical self-help books suggesting that the advice is neither helpful nor is it practical. Whether or not you agree with the view, Manson’s The subtle art of not giving a f*ck does make a very interesting point – that our life’s struggles are what give our life a meaning.

8. Home Court by Rohan Shrestha

This fascinating coffee table book features photographs by Rohan Shrestha who travels all over the country – from Tamil Nadu to Sikkim – to capture the largely untold stories of India’s basketball communities.

9. My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

In his retelling of one of Hinduism's most important books, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts approach the Bhagwad Gita through themes rather than verse and makes it extremely accessible. In My Gita, Pattanaik points out how Krishna urges Arjuna to not judge but understand his relationships, which, really is at the core of our attempts at self-realisation.

10. Power Forward: My Presidential Education by Reggie Love

Perhaps the most interesting book in Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s collection is Power Forward: My Presidential Education. The book is a memoir by Reggie Love, the personal aide to Barack Obama as a senator and the President of the United States. As his aide, Love was always one step behind Obama and spent more time with the President than any other person in the white house. The memoir outlines his experiences and the lessons he learnt during his tenure with the President.