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Doomsday Reading List

What people wish to read on the eve of doomsday

Sohini Mitter
Published: 21, Dec 2012

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Last night I ran an impromptu poll on Twitter asking people:

This question sprang from my own thoughts on what I'd miss reading most if the Mayans were indeed right about the world ending on December 21, 2012 (that is today). Now that we've averted doomsday and the world is alive and kicking, we have time to look into the interesting responses (and some justifications as well) I received to my question.


After having received 40-odd responses in an hour, I spotted some trends. First, epics, religious books and ancient texts ruled the roost. Second, books falling in the metaphysical genre turned out to be popular on the eve of a potential doomsday. And last but not the least, barring one or two mentions, there was complete apathy towards classics and romantic novels of yore (something I enjoy reading a lot).

Meanwhile, if the world was ending, I'd be torn between re-reading two books: Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Rabindranath Tagore's Gora missed out narrowly.

What would you be reading if doomsday was nigh? Drop in a comment!

  • sonal sompura

    Interesting and helpful list

    on Feb 16, 2013
  • Saumil Gandhi

    Chicken soup for the surviving soul

    on Dec 26, 2012
  • Saumil Gandhi

    Only Love - By Daya Mata

    on Dec 26, 2012
  • Saumil Gandhi

    Awaken the Giant within - By Anthony Robbins

    on Dec 26, 2012
  • Shubha

    tuesdays with morrie :)

    on Dec 22, 2012
  • AJ

    The Hobbit!

    on Dec 21, 2012
  • Anup Pandey

    Mario Puzo's The Godfather

    on Dec 21, 2012
  • rinib1

    Love the idea ,interesting list :) I must say valuable list

    on Dec 21, 2012
  • dunkdaft

    Anything, from the middle earth series. :-)

    on Dec 21, 2012
  • ladynimue

    Interesting list. Must keep it safe to read in this lifetime atleast :)

    on Dec 21, 2012
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