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A Book of Memory (Penguin Viking, February, 2011) An elegant meditation on memory and desire. His memoirs offer a fascinating account of his lifelong search for the wellsprings of Indian identity. Written with rare candour, A Book of Memory grapples with not only crises of identity and intellect, but also the ecstasies and vicissitudes of erotic pleasure and love, painting a sensuously detailed portrait of a life well lived.

German translation, Die Seele der Anderen (Munich :BecK, 2012.

Malayalam Translation,Ormmakalute Pushthakam (Kottayam : DC Books, 2014)


From Reviews

His superb memoir outlines the making of a modern Indian- how a ruminative and restless mind realized itself in the folds of a vocation of understanding. A Book of Memory somehow makes a gentle read out of Kakar's bruising candour, buoyed by his fluently meditative and occasionally lyrical prose.
The prime movers of A Book of Memory are identity, relationships and as a function of these, eroticism, and Kakar frequently uses his psychiatric insights to address the crises of the first, the dimensions of the second and the imperatives of the third....in a series of observations that effectively benchmark our condition.... Kakar has this amazing ability to remember the smallest detail of everything he considers pertinent to his narrative.
The Telegraph
One of the delights of Kakar's memoir is his observation of his own feelings... no one has done this better with such finesse as he..... that rare autobiography without a touch of conceit.
..a big throbbing book about a long eventful life. Essential reading....
India Today
...intimate and very personal portrait of the author's own life, seen through the prism of memory, and filled with a wealth of detail and anecdote.
Indian Express
...a memoir whose recollections, dreams, wishes, ideas and thoughts mingle with the recapitulation of a life lived well... an elegant autobiography by a shrink who narrates how memory and mind shape much of our living consciousness.
Business Standard
What helps the narrative to become riveting is that the story recounted is not a linear account but one that meanders just as consciousness does ...an unputdownable book.
The Tribune
Holds up a lens of understanding onto the impact of culture on Indian psyche.
Mail Today
...honest, almost brutally so... and absorbing.
The Week
...peppered with the colour and enchantment of the experience of a Southasian upbringing.