So here is the list:
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' - Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic of events in the different generations of a family in an imaginary town, with his unique style of magic realism and confusing sequences of names of the characters, leaves you numb at the end by the sheer imagery and imagination that words can infuse. Hair raising stuff.
'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
A poignant story about racial discrimination and the way people were treated; from the perspective of a little girl as the narrator.
'Foucault's Pendulum' by Umberto Eco
A heady exploration of occult practices, and pagan rituals expressed by Umberto Eco through the crazy ideas of three literary editors to uncover a hidden source of enormous energy and power, leading to chaos and a series of gruesome events.
George Orwell's future prophesy - a saga of dictatorial rule and manipulative and cruel totalitarianism, from the mouth of the protagonist, written in 1949. A dark spectre of what the world may be moving towards.
'The Alchemist' and 'Veronica Decides to Die' by Paulo Coelho - full of allegories and inspiring life experiences.
There are some which I read half way or 3/4th, like 'Winning' by Jack Welch, Akio Morita's 'Made In Japan', and a few others which I am unable to recollect now. Need to buy some books in the new year (Resolution 1 for 2006 ;-)).
If you are reading this post and would like to do a similar compilation on books you read in 2005, please do so. However, I would like to see what Ashok, Sandeep, and Shoham were reading this year - so go ahead guys, compile your lists ...