Someone said, ‘a book is a dream that you hold in your hands.’ For me books have always been my best friends. Whenever I am bored, sad, happy, angry, anxious, I will always be found sitting somewhere in a corner (at my home or any place in the city) with a book in my hand. And the readers will relate to me. This world book day (that falls on 23rd of April) I thought I would suggest you some books from my shelf, that really touched my soul.
1.Bread Alone by Judi Hendricks:
We women may it be anywhere in rarely take charge of our lives. This however, does not hold true in today’s times. However, there are some women, all over the world, who suffer silently in their well set lives. What if one day this perfect life comes to an end? Bread alone is one such story, where the woman, ‘Wyn’ decides to take charge of her life, when her marriage ruins. Even when she loves her husband she is no longer wanted in his life and this is when she finds her enthusiasm in baking bread. This is the one book where I connect with the protagonist of the book.
2.I’m a woman & I’m on sale by Mallika Nawal:
These are the lines in the book that caught my attention, ‘Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he [she] does not become a monster. For when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you…’
This story is a quest of Maya, to cross all the stereotypes of the society and face her problems. Harsh definitely is with her in this however, she is the one who has to go through it all alone, answering all the questions. (I am still wondering if this book has a sequel, but it never appeared on the internet.)
3.Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair:
This book makes you question the existence of certain things. This book portrays journey of a 45-year old single lady, Akhila or Akhilanandeshwari. She is one perfect lady however; did she commit a mistake putting happiness of her family as her top most priority and not hers? To get away from all these questions, she takes a train to Kanyakumari and on her way in the coupe meets five ladies, all coming from a different background and different age groups. It is a single ladies question, whether she needs a man or not and her dilemma to find her answer.
4.To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee:
I got a habit of saying ‘yessum’ instead of ‘yes’ from this book. I don’t think there is a lot to say about this masterpiece and many of us know of this book. Every time I read it, each word still seems fresh.
‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around it,’ said Atticus Finch.
5.The Dance of Durga by Kanika K Dhillon:
This is a recent one and the only thing that caught by mind while reading this book was the fact that a woman can always be strong. If not she can pretend to be and she eventually will be. Every woman has a hidden Rajjo, and she if decides can do anything. ‘Wisdom, honour and wealth are within the grasp of those whose hearts remain with the lord.’
6.The Spy by Paulo Coelho:
I don’t know what made me read this book, may be my love for his writings. I was amazed at the strength that Mata Hari had and her poise with which she went ahead and accepted her destiny. I don’t know if she was good or bad, right or wrong, but she was indeed marvelous.
‘He failed to understand that dance is a poem, one where each movement represents a word.’
These are the six books for now. I have bought, The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey and Tom Clancy’s Under Fire, by Grant Blackwood. From the preface I think they are good, will start reading soon.