The Bombay Book Club  focuses on non-fiction books/movies on the topics of Economics, Education, Finance, Health, History, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Sociology, Technology, Biographies & the likes of.


To read a book or watch a movie of substance every month & discuss it over lunch, tea, drinks or dinner.


   Membership will be no less than 6 & no more than 12.

   New members may be introduced by anyone; acceptance to be unanimous.

   Members from diverse ideological backgrounds are preferable.

   A member missing 4 meetings in a row, may consider leaving the club to make way for new members to join.

   Any person missing 4 meetings in a row, will be considered to have left the club.


   Meetings could be at members’ homes or trying out different restaurants.

   Meetings will be around 2 hours.

   All mobiles off during meetings.

   Members & guests attending must have read the current book.

   If there is more than one city involved, meetings could be combined or separate.

   Meetings will be on the last Friday of the month, but may be changed to suit all.

   The meeting time & place may be changed, if over 50% of the members decide so.


Email communication should be through the group mail to all, which has “Bombay Book Club” in the subject line.


   The subjects are Living, Psychology, Reality, Philosophy, Thinking, Ideology, Biographies, & the likes of.

   All books must be in print & available in paperback.

   Books should be of a reasonable number of pages, as decided by the members.

   Every regular member gets to choose a book in turn, subject to 50% of the attending members accepting the same.

   A book may be discussed, over more than one meeting, if over 50% of the members decide so.


   The first 10 or 15 minutes may be used for admin.

   Meeting discussions are not to include people known to the members.

   All views are to be discussed without prejudice & judgment; as an exploration.

   All views of each member are to be heard & each person to be given their turn.

   Discussions on the book should occupy over half of the meeting time.


The quorum will be not less than two thirds of the members.


   Members are entitled to bring one guest with prior intimation.

   Guests who are experts in the subject of the current book are welcome.

Panel 1


Once & Future SexEleanor JanegaSociologyBBC2024 173
DoppelgangerNaomi KleinSociologyBBC2024 172
More Numbers Every DayMicael Dahlen & Helge ThorbjornsenEconomicsBBC2024 171
This Mortal CoilAndrew DoigSociologyBBC2023 170
What Love IsCarrie JenkinsSociologyBBC2023 169
RegenesisGeorge MonbiotEcologyBBC2023 168
My Fourth Time, We DrownedSally HaydenSociologyBBC2023 167
Transgender various (video)-SociologyBBC2023 166
Machines Behaving BadlyTony WalschTechnologyBBC2023 165
RangeDavid EpsteinPsychologyBBC2023 164
IslamKaren ArmstrongReligionBBC2023 163
Stolen FocusJohann HariPsychologyBBC2022 162
DISC (talk)-PsychologyBBC2022 161
Numbers Don't LieVaclav SmilEconomicsBBC2022 160
The Last Days of Roger FedererGeoff DyerPsychologyBBC2022 159
The Status GameWill StorrSociologyBBC2022 158
Twilight of DemocracyAnne ApplebaumEconomicsBBC2022 157
InfluenceRobert CaldiniPsychologyBBC2022 156
JackpotMichael MechanicSociologyBBC2021 155
DrunkEdward SlingerlandSociologyBBC2021 154
Prisoners of GeographyTim MarshallPoliticsBBC2021 153
The BodyBill BrysonHealthBBC2021 152
WildingIsabella TreeEnvironmentBBC2021 151
Confidence GameMaria KonnikovaPsychologyBBC2021 150
Seaspiracy (video)-EnvironmentBBC2021 149
Fake LawSecret BarristerLawBBC2021 148
China A New World Order (video)-PoliticsBBC2021 147
Hidden HandMareike Ohlberg & Clive HamiltonPoliticsBBC2021 146
Tyranny of MeritMichael SandelSociologyBBC2021 145
Best of MeDavid SedarisSociologyBBC2020 144
CasteIsabel WilkersonSociologyBBC2020 143
Social Dilemma (video)-SociologyBBC2020 142
Culture MapErin MeyerSociologyBBC2020 141
India's Daughter (video)Leslee UdwinSociologyBBC2020 140
ChroniclesThomas PikettyEconomicsBBC2020 139
Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (video)-PoliticsBBC2020 138
Just HierarchyDaniel Bell & Wang PeiSociologyBBC2020 137
I Am Not Your Negro (video)-SociologyBBC2020 136
Shadow World (video)Andrew FeinsteinEconomicsBBC2020 135
Rules of ContagionAdam KucharskiHealthBBC2020 134
Doughnut EconomicsKate RaworthEconomicsBBC2020 133
Age of Surveillance Capitalism (video)Shoshana ZuboffEconomicsBBC2020 132
Being the OtherSaeed NaqviSociologyBBC2020 131
Invisible WomenCaroline Criado-PerezSociologyBBC2020 130
Bad BloodJohn CarreycouFinanceBBC2020 129
Against DemocracyJason BrennanEconomicsBBC2019 128
Talking to StrangersMalcolm GladwellPsychologyBBC2019 127
Utopia for RealistsRutger BregmanPhilosophyBBC2019 126
Great Hack (video)-TechnologyBBC2019 125
Case for GodKaren ArmstrongPhilosophyBBC2019 124
Night SchoolRichard WisemanHealthBBC2019 123
This is Going to HurtAdam KayHealthBBC2019 122
How the World ThinksJulian BagginiPhilosophyBBC2019 121
3 Banned TED Talks (video)-PhilosophyBBC2019 120
State of AffairsEster PerelSociologyBBC2019 119
Billionaire RajJames CrabtreeEconomicsBBC2018 118
FactfullnessHans RoslingEconomicsBBC2018 117
Born a CrimeTrevor NoahSociologyBBC2018 116
Politically Correct Bedtime StoriesJames GarnerSociologyBBC2018 115
12 Rules of LifeJordan PetersonPsychologyBBC2018 114
Among the Believers (video)-ReligionBBC2018 113
Wild Wild Country (video)-ReligionBBC2018 112
Ethical SlutDossie EastonSociologyBBC2018 111
Transgender various (video)-SociologyBBC2018 110
Fire & FuryMichael WolfPoliticsBBC2018 109
SapiensYuval HarariSociologyBBC2018 108
Deep Web (video)-TechnologyBBC2017 107
Citizenfour (video)-TechnologyBBC2017 106
Book of JoyDalai Lama & Desmond TutuReligionBBC2017 105
Upside of IrrationalityDan ArielyPsychologyBBC2017 104
Lo & Behold (video)-TechnologyBBC2017 103
Ego TrickJulian BagginiPhilosophyBBC2017 102
BonkMary RoachSociologyBBC2017 101
(Dis)Honesty (video)Dan ArielySociologyBBC2017 100
Dark MoneyJane MayerEconomicsBBC2017 099
ToK (talk)-EducationBBC2017 098
Homo DeusYuval HarariSociologyBBC2017 097
Intuition PumpsDaniel DennettPsychologyBBC2016 096
Romantisicm (video)Alain de BottonPsychologyBBC2016 095
Cities and the Wealth of NationsJane JacobsEconomicsBBC2016 094
SPQRMary BeardHistoryBBC2016 093
DISC (talk)-PsychologyBBC2016 092
We Should All Be FeministsChimamanda AdichieSociologyBBC2016 091
CollapseJared DiamondSociologyBBC2016 090
H is for HawkHelen McDonaldPsychologyBBC2015 089
Road to CharacterDavid BrooksPsychologyBBC2015 088
Gideon's SpiesGordon ThomasPoliticsBBC2015 087
Examined LifeStephen GroszPsychologyBBC2015 086
Delusions of GenderCordelia FineSociologyBBC2015 085
GutJiulia EndersHealthBBC2015 084
Dragnet NationJulia AngwinEconomicsBBC2014 083
Organised MindDaniel LevitinSociologyBBC2014 082
Going ClearLaurence WrightPhilosophyBBC2014 081
ZealotReza AslanPhilosophyBBC2014 080
If Walls Could TalkLucy WorsleySociologyBBC2014 079
Mobius StripClifford PickoverScienceBBC2014 078
David and GoliathMalcolm GladwellPsychologyBBC2013 077
How Children SuceedPaul ToughPsychologyBBC2013 076
UnbrokenLaura HillenbrandSociologyBBC2013 075
Ominvor's DilemmaMichael PollanHealthBBC2013 074
AntifragileNassim TalebEconomicsBBC2013 073
AntidoteOliver BurkemanPsychologyBBC2013 072
Proof of HeavenEben AlexanderPhilosophyBBC2013 071
Behind Beautiful ForeversKatherine BooSociologyBBC2012 070
Power of HabitCharles DuhiggPsychologyBBC2012 069
Social AnimalDavid BrooksPsychologyBBC2012 068
Thinking Fast & SlowDaniel KahnemanPsychologyBBC2012 067
QuietSusan CainPsychologyBBC2012 066
Influencing MachineBrooke GladstoneSociologyBBC2012 065
SaltMark KurlanskyHistoryBBC2011 064
Difficulty of Being GoodGurcharan DasPhilosophyBBC2011 063
Emperor of All MaladiesSiddhartha MukherjeeHealthBBC2011 062
What We Believe But Cannot ProveJohn BrockmanScienceBBC2011 061
Songs of Blood & SwordFatima BhuttoPoliticsBBC2011 060
Beyond FundamentalismReza AslanReligionBBC2011 059
Big ShortMichael LewisFinanceBBC2010 058
Three Cups of TeaGreg MoretensonEducationBBC2010 057
Sophie's WorldJostein GaarderPhilosophyBBC2010 056
Making Breakthrough Innovation HappenPorus MunshiEconomicsBBC2010 055
Social IntelligenceDaniel GolemanPsychologyBBC2010 054
India After GandhiRamachandra GuhaEconomicsBBC2010 053
Marrying AnitaAnita JainSociologyBBC2009 052
Ascent Of MoneyNiall FergusonEconomicsBBC2009 051
Sicko (video)-EconomicsBBC2009 050
Open RoadPico IyerPhilosophyBBC2009 049
Mystery Of CapitalHernando De SotoEconomicsBBC2009 048
OutliersMalcolm GladwellPsychologyBBC2009 047
Religulous (video)-PhilosophyBBC2009 046
Stumbling On HappinessDaniel GilbertPsychologyBBC2009 045
Post American WorldFareed ZakariaEconomicsBBC2009 044
Audacity Of HopeBarack ObamaEconomicsBBC2008 043
Last LectureRandy PauschPsychologyBBC2008 042
Shock DoctrineNaomi KleinEconomicsBBC2008 041
Jesus Camp (video)-PhilosophyBBC2008 040
Maximum CitySuketu MehtaSociologyBBC2008 039
Alan Greenspan & Richard Feynman Interviews (video)-EconomicsBBC2008 038
Great Myth ConceptionsKarl KruszelnickiScienceBBC2008 037
Corporation That Changed The WorldNick RobinsHistoryBBC2008 036
Age Of TurbulenceAlan GreenspanEconomicsBBC2008 035
What The Bleep Do We Know (video)-ScienceBBC2008 034
Black SwanNassim TalebEconomicsBBC2008 033
Weather MakersTim FlanneryScienceBBC2008 032
God Is Not GreatChristopher HitchensPhilosophyBBC2007 031
Life After DeathDeepak ChopraPhilosophyBBC2007 030
Pleasure Of Finding Things OutRichard FeynmanScienceBBC2007 029
Confessions OF An Economic Hit ManJohn PerkinsEconomicsBBC2007 028
Freedom To Fascism (video)-EconomicsBBC2007 027
Art Of SeductionRobert GreenePsychologyBBC2007 026
Secret (video)Rhonda ByrnePsychologyBBC2007 025
What About The Big Stuff?Richard CarlsonPsychologyBBC2007 024
Inconvenient Truth (video)Al GoreScienceBBC2007 023
Jonathan Livingston SeagullRichard BachPhilosophyBBC2007 022
Power Of NowEckhart TollePhilosophyBBC2007 021
Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night TimeMark HaddonPsychologyBBC2007 020
Wisdom Of CrowdsJames SurowieckiEconomicsBBC2006 019
A Short History if Nearly EverythingBill BrysonScienceBBC2006 018
FreakonomicsSteven Levitt & Stephen DubnerEconomicsBBC2006 017
Code Name GodMani BhaumikPhilosophyBBC2006 016
Serious Creativity (talk)Edward De BonoEducationBBC2006 015
BlinkMalcolm GladwellPsychologyBBC2006 014
What To Say When You Talk To YourselfShad HelmstetterPsychologyBBC2006 013
7 Habits Of Highly Effective PeopleStephen CoveyPhilosophyBBC2006 012
SiddharthaHerman HessePhilosophyBBC2006 011
Art Of War (Translation By James Clavell)Sun TzuSociologyBBC2005 010
Awakening The Mind, Lightening The HeartDalai LamaPhilosophyBBC2005 009
AlchemistPaulo CoelhoPhilosophyBBC2005 008
Many Lives, Many MastersBrian WeissPhilosophyBBC2005 007
48 Laws Of PowerRobert GreenePsychologyBBC2005 006
Freedom Is Not FreeShiv KheraEconomicsBBC2005 005
Veronica Decides To DiePaulo CoelhoPsychologyBBC2005 004
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From VenusJohn GrayPsychologyBBC2005 003
Monk Who Sold His FerrariRobin SharmaPhilosophyBBC2005 002
I'm OK, You're OKThomas HarrisPsychologyBBC2004 001
Cassandra SpeaksElizabeth LesserSociologyLBC2024 042
Politics on the EdgeRory StewartPoliticsLBC2024 041
An Immense WorldEd YongEnvironmentLBC2023 040
Material GirlsKathleen StockSociologyLBC2023 039
Human CompatibleStuart RusselTechnologyLBC2023 038
RegenesisGeorge MonbiotEcologyLBC2023 037
EathopolisCarl NightengaleEconomicsLBC2023 036
Empire of PainPatrick KeefeSociologyLBC2022 035
This Is How They Tell Me The World EndsNicole PerlrothTechnologyLBC2022 034
Book of JoyDalai Lama & Desmond TutuReligionLBC2022 033
Numbers Don't LieVaclav SmilEconomicsLBC2022 032
DrunkEdward SlingerlandSociologyLBC2022 031
Putin's PeopleCatherine BeltonPoliticsLBC2022 030
Break the InternetOlivia YallopSociologyLBC2022 029
AnarchyWilliam DalrympleHistoryLBC2022 028
48 Laws of PowerRobert GreenePsychologyLBC2021 027
WildingIsabella TreeEnvironmentLBC2021 026
Power of GeographyTim MarshallPoliticsLBC2021 025
New Climate WarMichael MannEnvironmentLBC2021 024
Seaspiracy (video)-EnvironmentLBC2021 023
Fake LawSecret BarristerLawLBC2021 022
China A New World Order (video)-PoliticsLBC2021 021
WarMargaret MacMillanSociologyLBC2021 020
CasteIsabel WilkersonSociologyLBC2021 019
Culture MapErin MeyerSociologyLBC2020 018
HumankindRutger BergmanSociologyLBC2020 017
Social Dilemma (video)-SociologyLBC2020 017
ChroniclesThomas PikettyEconomicsLBC2020 016
India's Daughter (video)Leslee UdwinSociologyLBC2020 015
Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (video)-PoliticsLBC2020 014
Just HierarchyDaniel Bell & Wang PeiSociologyLBC2020 013
I Am Not Your Negro (video)-SociologyLBC2020 012
How to be an AntiracistIbraham KendiSociologyLBC2020 011
Shadow World (video)Andrew FeinsteinEconomicsLBC2020 010
Doughnut EconomicsKate RaworthEconomicsLBC2020 009
Age of Surveillance Capitalism (video)Shoshana ZuboffEconomicsLBC2020 008
EducatedTara WestoverSociologyLBC2020 007
Among the Believers (video)-ReligionLBC2020 006
Against DemocracyJason BrennanEconomicsLBC2020 005
FactfullnessHans RoslingEconomicsLBC2020 004
SapiensYuval HarariSociologyLBC2019 003
Talking to StrangersMalcolm GladwellPsychologyLBC2019 002
Politically Correct Bedtime StoriesJames GarnerSociologyLBC2019 001
Panel 2


  • Jetu Lalvani
  • Akhil Shahani
  • Paolo Marri
  • Rachel Burchett
  • Paula McGlynn
  • Tanja Wurr

Since 2004, we have had a total of 28 members.