Motivational books are beyond the books in the fiction genre. When you read a novel, you may forget its characters and the plot after a few months. However, the things that you read in motivational books may stay with you for long. Can you forget tips by Covey in his famous books on habits? Can you forget those suggestions by Swami Vivekananda on character building? Equally, we can seldom forget ideas conveyed by philosophers like Sri Aurobindo and Jiddu Krishnamurti in their works. So, the point of writing this article is to list a few good works by Indian writers in the self-help and motivational genre. While these two different names denote the same type of books, you can call them whatever you want. Below, I am giving you my suggestions in the form of 10 motivational books by Indian authors. I am sure you will love reading these books once you begin.


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  1. Total Freedom by J Krishnamurti: In this book, the author has tried to make it easy for readers to understand the nuances of freedom and search for peace in one’s life. Krishnamurti addresses essential questions of freedom, responsibility, and the pursuit of truth, encouraging readers to examine their conditioning and discover their own truth. Life cannot be easy unless we know what is the right path for us to explore. This book might help you in that discovery and the eventual exploration.
  2. Emotional Wellness: Transforming Fear, Anger, and Jealousy into Creative Energy by Osho: Osho was more than a revolution of thoughts. Often misunderstood for his candid observations, Osho contributed very significantly to the collective consciousness of human beings in different dimensions. His book, emotional wellness, is a testimony to that. This book is more than merely interesting and important. Addressing common emotional challenges, Osho provides guidance on transforming negative emotions into creative energy, fostering emotional well-being and personal growth. If you are struggling with your emotional imbalance, better read this book by Osho ASAP!
  3. Chanakya Neeti by Acharya Chanakya: As someone who has delved into the profound wisdom contained within the timeless pages of Chanakya Neeti on numerous occasions, I can attest to its remarkable significance as a reservoir of invaluable insights. Authored by the illustrious Chanakya, a revered ancient Indian philosopher and statesman and perhaps the first Hindu sage to dream of Akhanda Bharata and also translate it into a reality, this magnum opus offers a comprehensive guide to virtuous living, astute governance, and the art of diplomacy. However, that’s not it! Chanakya Neeti goes beyond the conventional belief that it’s about diplomacy and is meant for statesmen only. Its verses, woven with eloquence and sagacity, transcend the boundaries of time, resonating with the deepest recesses of the human psyche. Through his astute observations, Chanakya illuminates the path to ethical conduct, pragmatic decision-making, and the cultivation of indomitable character. Imbued with a nuanced understanding of human nature, this literary masterpiece instils within its readers an unwavering commitment to truth, resilience, and an unwavering pursuit of righteousness. With each reading, one is captivated by the profound depth of wisdom encapsulated in these verses, unravelling the intricacies of life’s intricate tapestry and inspiring a transformative journey towards excellence and moral rectitude. Just read a few pages from this book whenever your confidence is low or you find yourself in a perplexing situation, you may find your way out soon enough.
  4. Wings of Fire by A P J Abdul Kalam: Dr Kalam, an erudite scientist and India’s former President who won the prestigious Bharata Ratna, intricately traces his humble origins and the remarkable trajectory of his life, intricately mapping the terrain of his personal triumphs, setbacks, and relentless pursuit of knowledge. Through the tapestry of his narrative, Kalam acquaints the reader with the intricate interplay between science and societal progress, underscoring the crucial role of innovation, determination, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. His evocative prose, infused with emotional resonance, not only provides a glimpse into the corridors of power but also offers profound insights into the universal human quest for meaning, inspiration, and transcendence. In Wings of Fire, Kalam emerges as a literary luminary, showcasing the transformative power of determination, resilience, and tireless pursuit of knowledge that ignites the flames of human potential. Reading this book may well invoke the true potential out of any reader, it is more than certain.
  5. 7 Mindsets for Success, Happiness and Fulfilment by Swami Mukundananda: In this remarkable self-help book, Swami Mukundananda wonderfully articulates seven transformative mindsets that unlock the door to success and foster profound personal growth. With the eloquence of a sage and the insight of a spiritual luminary, he delves into the intricacies of the human psyche, guiding readers on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Through a fusion of timeless wisdom, practical tools, and profound insights, this masterpiece of the self-help genre offers a roadmap to unleash one’s full potential and embrace a life imbued with happiness, meaning, and fulfilment. Swami Mukundananda’s gift lies not only in his ability to captivate readers with his lucid prose but also in his unparalleled capacity to inspire and empower individuals to manifest their dreams and create a life of boundless possibilities. With its profound depth and transformative guidance, 7 Mindsets for Success, Happiness, and Fulfilment shines brightly as a cherished companion on the path to personal growth and self-realisation. Recommended to anyone interested in understanding the art of growth in life.
  6. Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life by Gaur Gopal Das: This bestselling motivational book serves as an awe-inspiring testament to the transformative power of self-reflection, mindfulness, and purposeful living. Gaur Gopal Das encapsulates profound insights and practical wisdom, offering a guiding light for those seeking to transcend the mundane and discover the extraordinary within themselves. With the precision of a master storyteller and the compassionate voice of a mentor, Das unravels the mysteries of life, inviting readers on a transformative journey towards inner balance and profound fulfilment. Through his relatable anecdotes, thought-provoking exercises, and profound teachings, he provides invaluable tools to navigate the complexities of modern existence while cultivating authentic relationships, nurturing spiritual well-being, and embracing one’s unique purpose. Life’s Amazing Secrets transcends the boundaries of a mere self-help book, emerging as a trusted companion that empowers readers to unlock their true potential and embrace a life of joy, meaning, and abundant success. Embark upon this extraordinary odyssey and be forever changed by the boundless possibilities that await within the pages of this transformative treasure trove.
  7. The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma: I can begin by saying that this book is a resounding call to embrace the transformative power of early rising and harness the full potential of each day. Though it might sound amusing that an author is writing a book to tell us to wake up by 5 in the morning, you will understand the importance of this book once you begin reading it. Within the pages of this literary masterpiece, Robin Sharma weaves a captivating narrative that embarks upon an extraordinary journey of personal growth, productivity, and fulfilment. Through the lens of an elite group of individuals known as “The 5AM Club,” Sharma unveils a blueprint for success and unveils the secrets to unlocking peak performance. With meticulous attention to detail and unwavering clarity, he presents a comprehensive framework that combines the power of morning rituals, mindfulness, and holistic lifestyle choices to elevate one’s life to unprecedented heights. Through relatable characters, inspiring insights, and practical strategies, Sharma empowers readers to tap into their reservoirs of untapped potential, fostering discipline, focus, and an unyielding commitment to personal excellence. Whether one seeks to enhance professional success, nurture profound relationships, or ignite a spark of creativity, The 5AM Club emerges as an invaluable guide, leading readers towards a life of unparalleled achievement and holistic well-being. Prepare to be captivated by Sharma’s brilliance and forever transformed by the life-altering principles unveiled within the luminous pages of The 5AM Club.
  8. The Secrets of Leadership by Prakash Iyer: Authored by a successful corporate leader, Prakash Iyer, this motivational title stands as a profound exploration of the principles and qualities that underpin exceptional leadership. Within the pages of this interesting and helpful book, Iyer draws upon his vast experience and keen insights to unveil the hidden secrets that elevate ordinary individuals into extraordinary leaders. Though the claim might seem an exaggeration to those who haven’t read the book yet, it is true. With eloquence and relatability, he delves into the realms of self-awareness, communication, and resilience, offering practical guidance to inspire and empower leaders at all levels. The Secret of Leadership resonates with authenticity, as Iyer weaves relatable examples from real-world scenarios, illuminating the transformative impact of effective leadership. Whether recounting stories of courageous leaders who navigated through adversity or sharing valuable lessons from his own journey, Iyer compels readers to reflect on their own leadership potential and inspires them to cultivate the qualities necessary for success. By embracing Iyer’s teachings on empathy, authenticity, and self-mastery, readers can unlock their innate leadership abilities and make a lasting impact in their personal and professional spheres. The Secret of Leadership serves as an invaluable compass, guiding aspiring leaders towards a path of influence, inspiration, and enduring success.
  9. Everything About Leadership by Vivek Bindra: Though not so famous as other books on the list, this one by Vivek Bindra, stands as an invaluable compendium of wisdom and insights that unravels the multifaceted dimensions of effective leadership. In this useful book, Bindra draws upon his extensive experience as a renowned motivational speaker and leadership coach to offer a comprehensive guide for individuals aspiring to lead with distinction. With a communicative narrative, eloquence and clarity, he delves into the core principles, strategies, and mindsets that define exceptional leaders, inviting readers on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Bindra’s relatable anecdotes and real-world examples serve as guiding lights. By exploring topics such as vision, communication, team-building, and resilience, he equips readers with the tools necessary to navigate the challenges of leadership and inspire positive change. Everything About Leadership serves as an indispensable resource, empowering individuals to unlock their leadership potential and create a lasting impact in their personal and professional endeavours. With Bindra’s guidance, readers can cultivate the skills, mindset, and character traits required to become influential leaders who inspire, motivate, and drive meaningful progress.
  10. You Can Win by Shiv Khera: You Can Win, authored by the renowned Shiv Khera, stands as a timeless guidebook for personal and professional success. In this empowering book, Khera presents a compelling roadmap that empowers individuals to overcome obstacles, tap into their potential, and achieve their goals. With a focus on mindset, motivation, and self-belief, Khera imparts invaluable insights and practical strategies to navigate the complexities of life with confidence and resilience. Drawing upon real-life stories and relatable examples, he instils the belief that success is not a matter of luck but a result of consistent effort, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Through his engaging prose and actionable advice, Khera empowers readers to take charge of their lives, cultivate winning habits, and forge a path towards personal fulfilment and professional excellence. I have grown up seeing this book in the hands of my uncle, my teachers, and even my friends. Here I am, suggesting this to all of you! A true timeless motivational book for anyone who wants to read something sensible and useful.


So, this was the list of books by Indian writers that you will enjoy reading. I have tried to put authors from various dimensions of life on this list. You may find some entirely new for you, while a few names are almost timeless when we discuss motivational literature, such as Shiv Khera and Acharya Chanakya including J Krishnamurti and Osho. These Indian luminaries of knowledge, philosophy and intellect have shown various paths to self-discovery and enlightenment in the world. Read them and unlock your inner self. Looing for more? If you are looking for self-help titles by authors across the globe, you better read this article – Best Self-help Books


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