Khushwant Singh: Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. It's overrated.
Girish Karnad: V.S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds
William Dalrymple: Bernard Lewis's From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. The old Muslim-hater has finally lost his marbles good and proper.
Anita Nair: Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins). Why would a marvellous writer like her write such utter tripe!
Siddhartha Deb: Naipaul's Magic Seeds. It offered scant evidence of his formidable skills as a novelist, and the reactionary ideas on display were quite stale.
And the others' excuses:
Mark Tully: I would not like to nominate my worst book because as an author I know how much I would hate one of my books to be nominated.
Amit Chaudhuri: I think the question (which is your worst book) is beside the point in a literary culture that has little true...