Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
. It's overrated.
V.S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds
Bernard Lewis's From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East
. The old Muslim-hater has finally lost his marbles good and proper.
Anita Nair: Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins). Why would a marvellous writer like her write such utter tripe!
Naipaul's Magic Seeds
. It offered scant evidence of his formidable skills as a novelist, and the reactionary ideas on display were quite stale.
And the others' excuses:
I would not like to nominate my worst book because as an author I know how much I would hate one of my books to be nominated.
I think the question (which is your worst book) is beside the point in a literary culture that has little true irreverence, and also almost no genuine engagement with literature.
Pavan K. Varma:
I've scanned the titles I've read this year quite carefully, and I'm afraid none of them qualify for being a bad read.
Worst book will be beyond me.