Indian American Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee is "delighted" that his book on cancer has been listed 75th among Time magazine's All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books with President Barack Obama's autobiography in the third place.
The Delhi-born cancer specialist's book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer that made it to the Time magazine's top 10 non-fiction books of 2010 and The New York Times' top five list, figures fourth in the science section.
"I am delighted," Mukherjee, 41, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, who won the Pulizer in April, told IANS over the phone from New York where he practices.
Asked what he was writing now he said, "It's still in the works" and "It's too early to tell" what it's about.
Mukherjee, who had his schooling at New Delhi's St. Columba's School, where he was five years junior to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, said then he began writing the book to explain what's cancer to a patient who told him she was willing to go on fighting but she needed to know what she was battling.
In choosing "the 100 best and most influential written in English since 1923, the beginning of TIME ... magazine," the influential weekly notes Mukherjee's first book "is also one of the best-written, most accessible, most relevant science books ever penned."
The science section is topped by A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (72nd place).
The list is topped by The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein with Obama's first memoir Dreams from My Father placed third.
Even if Obama hadn't ended up in the White House, Dreams from My Father would still be a compelling and beautifully written American story about the son of a black man and a white woman, his search for his African father and how he found a "workable meaning for his life as a black American."