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Ashwin Sanghi recommends: Must reads of 2011

New Delhi : With so many great book releases this year, it sure is a task picking up the best one. But take heart, Ashwin Sanghi, author of best-selling novels The Rozabal Line and Chanakya's Chant's recommends the top 10 books.

1. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson The official biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson gave an insight into the man who changed the world of technology. The biography, commissioned by Jobs shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, is a frank look at the visionary's work and personal life.

2. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee It's difficult find a medical book, which not only explains a disease but also brings in a personal and historical angle to it. Mukherjee looks at the history of cancer from its earliest records right up to current research. The book breathes with feeling as he brings out the emotional turmoil of a cancer specialist whose daily routine brings him in contact with people close to death.

3. Lucknow Boy: A Memoir by Vinod Mehta Vinod Mehta's frank memoir gives insight into major events during his time as a journalist and his experience as an editor. Mehta uses his journalistic expertise to comment and throw light on issues that matter but most importantly he opens up about his controversial life, his marriages, tumultuous affair and more.

4. Growing up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World by Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden and Jean Sasson If you didn't know anything about the personal life of Osama Bin Laden, this book would surely satisfy your curiosity. The books gives a sneak peek into the life of the world's most feared man, his home and family life and what made him into the man that he was.

5. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, by Stieg Larsson This is the last in Larsson's Millennium trilogy which finds Lisbeth Salander, the computer hacker and Mikael Blomkvist in yet another gripping situation. The novel is the sequel to The Girl Who Played with Fire. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2007 and in English in the UK in October 2009.

6. Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer This book charts the life of Harry Clifton and his life has he goes on a journey to discover the identity of his father. It traverses the period of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, where Harry is faced the dilemma of studying or joining the navy.

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7. Mafia Queen Of Mumbai: Stories Of Women From The Ganglands, by Hussain Zaidi The book, written by journalists, S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges reveal the unseen and dark side of Mumbai's Underworld-the world of women, who, just like the men are running their own murky business.

8. Those in Peril, by Wilbur Smith Smith's latest page-turner is a violent and spellbinding story of a rich girl Hazel Bannock, the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, who is kidnapped by Somali pirates. The book takes the reader on a violent chase full of bloodshed and fighting, and leaves you pondering over the awful burden of being the target of irrational terrorists.

9. The Secret of the Nagas, by Amish Tripathi The Secret of the Nagas is the mesmerizing sequel to The Immortals of Meluha. The book picks up where the first one ends and delves into Shiva's new adventures. The mythical thriller is a must read for all those interested in legends of Lord Shiva.

10. The Litigators, by John Grisham This legal thriller by Mr. Grisham is about the life of young but burnt-out Chicago attorney, who finds himself at the doorstep of a 'boutique firm', Finley & Figg. Grisham, author of 23 novels, brings a wicked sense of humour to this book-which is easily one of his best novels.

Update: 15 Dec, 2011