I was not an avid reader in my teens. But I chanced upon ‘The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. A friend recommended it to me. The book changed my life. I started feel so positive about everything I came across. I realized later that reading is a very good habit. It helps you de-stress. Stories in different forms ; fiction ; nonfiction ;fantasy; horror; comedy and many more that cannot be classified in the norms of genre send you into a trance and have the power of a tranquilizer to calm you down and see things from a better perspective.
Books are not limited to age-group. Every book irrespective of its subject has abundance of knowledge and no knowledge can be harmful. These books entertain you and enhance your imaginations. While you read the writer’s imagination ; you create your own and enjoy it.
Every time you revisit a book it tells you something new. You decipher the book in a different way at different stages of your life.
I am an ordinary reader and a very passionate writer. I enjoy collecting words. Usually an ordinary reader gets irritated when he comes across a word or passage that has very difficult words that they need to seek in the dictionary to understand
I usually collect such lovely words. These words seem very difficult at first but once you have read the meaning ; they add up to your vocabulary. It is always awesome to have many words up your sleeve for the sheer fun of wordplay.
I purposely use some extremely difficult words while speaking to my daugher and I am glad she adds those words to her vocabulary. Sometimes even in normal life and regular conversations you are short of words. You need a word that means happy but signifies a greater happiness.
I take the opportunity to introduce a few classics that every person should read.These are the books that can help you start your reading experience since they are very easy to understand and analyze. You just need to take out some time on a lazy sunday afternoon and sit by your window and read while you sip your coffee. It is an awesome feeling
Here’s my pick for Top 5 books that everyone needs to read at least once. If you have not read these books you are definitely missing something important.
This is just based on the books I have read so far in my life. I am sure many will not agree with this list. There are many books that may be far more inspiring . These are my recommendations and I promise to keep recommending more and more books as time goes by.
Book : The 3 Mistakes of My Life
Author : Chetan Bhagat
In late-2000, a young boy in Ahmedabad called Govind dreams of having a business. To accommodate his friends Ish and Omi’s passion, they open a cricket shop. Govind’s wants to make money and thinks big. Ish is all about nurturing Ali, the batsman with a rare gift. Omi knows his limited capabilities and just wants to be with his friends. However, nothing comes easy in a turbulent city. To realize their goals, they will have to face it all – religious politics, earthquakes, riots, unacceptable love and above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it? Can an individual’s dreams overcome the nightmares offered by real life? Can we succeed despite a few mistakes?
My Review :
This book is the most underrated gem of Chetan Bhagat. He has written more successful books like “Five Point Someone” and “One night at the call center”. He has also written critically panned books like”One Indian Girl” and “Half Girlfriend”. This book has chetan bhagat at his best.
The story is beautifully narrated and it has some awesome characters. The moments shared by the three best friends will make you nostalgic about your own neighbourhood and best friends.
The Gujarat riots form an essential part of the story and the backbone of the story is Cricket.
I am sure all indians would love reading this.
Book :The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author : Mitch Albom
A novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer.
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?
My Review :
This book makes you realize that you impact lives of many. Many people you do not even know get influenced or are impacted by your actions. It makes for a very pleasant read and brings a smile on your face.The Author spins the tale beautifully from childhood to adolescence ; adolescence to middle age and finally to old age. At every stage the protagonist had impacted someone’s life in a way he did not imagine.
Book : The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author : Oscar Wilde
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ﬁrst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting inﬂuence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.”
This novel explores the theme of immortality and being ageless. It also explores morality. If you had the power to stay young and beautiful forever ; what would you indulge in
The writer quotes “People die of common sense , Dorian One lost moment at a time Life is the moment There is no hereafter So make it burn always With the hardest flame The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield in it”
This books raises many questions and makes you think about your choices. It makes you feel grateful to your youth and the normal course of nature where we age gracefully.
Book : Frankenstein
Author : Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the world’s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley’s work is considered to be the world’s first science fiction, with Frankenstein’s monster being a symbol of science gone awry.
This novel explores many themes. The horror lies in your imagination of Frankenstein’s monster. The book is extremely philosophical. We all have a monster within us. We all have diabolical masquerades. We hide our monster and pretend to be very clean and ethical. The monster resurfaces from time to time. We make futile attempts to kill that monster within us. In India it is called Ravana and it is celebrated every year during Dushera. We burn the Ravana and it is a metaphor for burning the evil within us. But Evil resurfaces and resurrects itself from time to time. The monster within us. Thank you Mary Shelley for this cult character and creating a Frankenstein so helpless that we identify with it
Book : The Alchemist
Author : Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
He is my favorite author. I love to read all his books. He writes in very simple language and his soulful writing paves its way into your heart. He connects with you. He tells you about your dreams and waves a magical fable around your quest to achieve your dreams The famous line from this book is “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.’ .It is so impactful that it makes you live your dream and believe that the entire universe will help you in realizing your dreams. The most important message in this book is to keep accord with your heart no matter where it takes you. Because the treasure is where there is heart..Our treasures are within us. God is within us.