2016 finally goes to sleep and I do not want to really wake him up or go back to talk to him. But still, 2016 was better than 2015 for me. I had entered the year 2016 bedridden from surgery. The focus of the past year has been primarily to recover from it and get back to a normal life, which I did. The only good thing about being bedridden was I could read the whole day and no one would bother me. It was the best thing for me as I moved into 2016 reading the most beautiful ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zusak. I took just two days to finish that massive book. And I read a whole lot in January as there was nothing much to do otherwise.
I had set up a target of reading atleast 2 books a month and with 44+ books, I surpassed the target very easily. This year also, my target would remain the same. I plan to read atleast 2 books a month. I hate to pressurize myself to read. With the many reading challenges around, I was unable to find one I was comfortable in. So, I am planning to do the #TSBCReadsIndia challenge. The plan is to read a book from each state of India written in a regional language and translated. I am sure this hashtag has some very good recommendations.
It’s the end of the year and I see people generating their resolution lists, challenge lists, wrap-up lists. So, I decided to come up with a different list. A list of Indian Women authors for you to follow. Do not just follow the most publicised authors. High marketing doesn’t lead to good books. Good sales, maybe, but not really good books. And there are many excellent writers who never see the popularity they deserve.
So, why women authors?
I feel Indian authors need visibility and the women authors need even more. In this post are featured women authors who are relatively new and have only one or two books published. I look forward to reading more books from them in the future. Here they are – Continue reading
A children’s story which is only enjoyed by Children is a bad children’s story – C. S. Lewis
How many of you is not a fan of Harry Potter? Well, if you haven’t read the book, did you watch the movie? I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was in my late twenties. The magical dust of the wizarding world took some time to settle down. I used to walk around thinking, could it be really true? Though the first book is thinner, it is still one of the best. I sped through reading the other ones, but it is still the first one that I remember. The younger generation thinks it is a children’s book. No, we were equally flummoxed when we read it first. No one needs a recommendation to read a Harry Potter book. But, if you haven’t read it or not seen the movie (remember the movie is only 1/5th of the book), you are missing a lot.
I had almost not picked up this book, but it was the only book whose name was familiar at my local library. It was the time of no internet. I picked it up and being my first non-fiction, I took some time to adjust to it. It is a heart wrenching tale considering the end is very grim. But, still it is a must read. I was happy to note that my son had this book in his curriculum when he was 14, the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote the diary. I don’t think this book is only for children. It is a book to be read, to understand the human spirit and how it can overcome any difficulty.
This book needs no introduction on this blog. I have reviewed it, I have also featured it as a World War II book. It is also has children as the main characters. Liesel is only 9 in this book and she lives through the World War II giving a view of Hitler occupied Germany. It is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Why do we get attached to books with children as the leads? Could it be, there still resides a child in each one of us, in our hearts, deeply buried in a corner?
Let me know your recommendations.
We read a lot of books about India and written by Indian authors. It gives us a familiarity which no one can match as our English usage and phrases are very Indianised. It is the kind of comfort which can be provided under a warm blanket in your bed.
I also love to read books based in India or about India written by foreign authors. It gives a fresh perspective. Many things which we take for granted are highlighted by them.
Of the books I have selected here, it is only the ones I have read. I know that there are some other excellent books too like ‘A Passage to India‘ by E. M. Forster and ‘The Hindu‘ and other books by Wendy Donniger. The first one is lying on my bookshelf and the other one I have read half. I will get to reading them one day for sure, maybe when the ARCs stop coming. Or when I do not want to read anymore ARCs.
The three books here I have read and loved. They have left a deep impact as I can still recall them.
The three books featured here have many things in common. They are set in an era gone by, having romance as their central theme. They are not ‘love at first sight’ kind of romances. All have been made into movies, TV Series. But, they do not have a typical ‘Happily ever after’ ending.
I am a fan of the romantic genre and not having a happy ending affects me. I carried the lump around my throat for days as I couldn’t take it that the protagonists are not going to be together. Is that why these books were so successful? What if they had happy endings? People may have just closed the books and gone on to the next ones. These books involve you right from the start. The loss at the end is personal and we cannot get it out of our heads. Despite having tragic ends, they have been made into great movies.
Other common ones are Romeo and Juliet, Laila Majnu. Continue reading