Reading List: Father’s Day


Reading is a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day at work.

At UIncept, we encourage all our entrepreneurs to spend some time to read beyond ‘business’ as it helps one become a better person in a lot of ways.

This father’s day, we’ve collated a reading list for you to choose from across a bunch of highly recommended books that talk about the various aspects of father-child relationships.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat it’s apples, swing from it’s branches, or slide down it’s trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Why do we recommend it?

Our interpretation was that the tree symbolized a father who will happily do anything for their child because they love them. However, the child does not appreciate the “gift of giving”, he only takes and takes.

We all know that our giving trees are our parents. They provide us with everything that we want in return of expecting nothing. We connected with this book because it makes one think of how like the little boy, we all keep taking, taking.

A brilliantly illustrated book for everyone looking at a little dose of emotion this Father’s Day.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, adapted into a popular movie, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by millions. If you haven’t read it, you’ve missed out a big literary masterpiece.

Why do we recommend it?

This is a story of a single father raising his kids in the most unconventional way (in a very progressive way). Atticus and Scout have one of the most adored father–daughter relationships in the history of literature. He is Scout’s moral guide while she navigates through difficult times and always treats her as an equal, always answering her questions honestly however uncomfortable the subject matter.


Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel


Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other. Galileo's Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me."

Why do we recommend it?

While we all know Galileo and his contribution to the world of science, this is a brilliant take on the man (a father) behind the scientist and the thinker we know of. This book very well highlights the contribution of his daughter, Virginia in his life.

She was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her loving support, which Galileo repaid in kind, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years.

A must read for someone intrigued to know the eventful life of Galileo, through the eyes of his daughter.


Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern


After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:

"That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won't screw you. Don't do it for them."

"Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking."

Why do we recommend it?

More than a million people follow Sam Halpern's philosophical anecdotes on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching memoir around the best of his quotes.  The book is a crazy, funny piece portraying a father-son relationship from comic standpoint.


Legacy: Letters from eminent parents to their daughters by Sudha Menon


They say a daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. In Legacy, noted journalist and author Sudha Menon brings forth a rare collection of personal and evocative letters from eminent parents (Narayana Murthy, Chanda Kochhar, Kishore Biyani, Zia Mody, K.V. Kamath, Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra, Ganesh Natrajan, Renuka Ramnath, P.P. Chhabria, Pradeep Bhargava, Deep Anand, Capt. Gopinath, Mallika Sarabhai, Shaheen Mistri, Sanjeev Kapoor, Jatin Das, and Prakash Padukone) to their daughters.

Why do we recommend it?

Deeply moving and thought-provoking, Legacy is a remarkable collection of life lessons that will delight and inspire at the same time. Through their approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles, these icons from the world of business, arts, films, food, and sports share with us their experience and wisdom as they pass them on to their daughters.

A brilliant read for both parents as well as sons and daughters.

Even if you’ve come across this list after Father’s Day is long gone, don’t worry and get your hands on either of these books because every day can be celebrated as Father’s Day.

Himanshu Bhalla