I would like to claim that I aspire to write a full-fledged novel. But the truth is, I have not yet been able to get past flash fiction or a story of more than 300 words. It has made me realise the effort that is put in by the author in researching their subjects, the absolute command over the language, the sentence constructs which will send our pulses racing.
When compiling the list, I also realised that I have always enjoyed intricate plots. There is something about multiple plots merging into one master plot. In a technological world, we will call it Nested Loops. Stories within stories. And most of these can happen at any time, any location. The books are thus universal. These are just a few of them. Continue reading
It was a discovery that changed my life, literally. As a 5 or 6 year old, I was digging into our clothes cupboard to get my clothes to go for a bath. I saw this colourful book full of illustrations peeking between the clothes. I took it out. It was an Amar Chitra Katha comic by the name of Padmavati. I was completely fascinated. Having never seen anything so colourful and with all those drawings, I started to read immediately. I don’t remember the story at all. All I can remember is, it had the word jewel and jewellery in it, which I couldn’t understand. I also did not know how it is pronounced. Anyway, I read the book and wanted more. I really have no idea why my parents bought it, or why they put it in the cupboard to be discovered. Maybe, I should ask them about it. Continue reading
I love the Top Ten Tuesday Book meme hosted by BrokeandBookish. So, every Tuesday, we get to list 10 of something related to books. This week, we have to share the Top Ten Authors I have read the most books from.
Earlier, when there was no internet or Kindle, in India, we used to get only popular or classic books. Our choices were very limited. So, when purchasing, a whole lot of thought was given before selecting a book. But these authors I knew, were the best. I was sure to have a good time reading about the countries never seen, peoples and cultures we never met, but still understood them like our own.
- Ken Follett – Undoubtedly, he is my favourite. I have read almost all his books. I may have missed one or two. He also writes my favourite genre – Historical sagas. But his thrillers are also equally amazing. He is the only one whose books I have pre-ordered.
- John Grisham – The courtroom dramas, the lawyers are all excellent. I also love his books because they have a hint of humour which just fits right with the grim surroundings.
- Jeffrey Archer – His novels are best seller sagas like Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, Prodigal daughter. In Bollywood, many movies can claim to be inspired by the lost and found formula of Jeffrey Archer. But, my favourite is Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less. If you have not read it, please do. I would highly recommend it.
- Wilbur Smith – His stories are mostly based in Africa among the wild animals, jungles, deserts. He is a master storyteller. He completely pulls you into the book. They are more about the people of Africa.
- Mary Higgins Clark – Thrillers are her forte. Her novels have all the elements of mystery, thriller, spookiness and fear. She grips you from the first page till the last. I have read almost all her books.
- Ken Rutherfurd – He writes about the history of places through stories. It is a good way to learn history. His books include stories of places like London, New York, Dublin which are also the names of his novels. Excellently blends history and the people bringing alive the different times. His writing is similar to Ken Follett s historical fiction novels.
- Sidney Sheldon – I love his books simply because they are edge of the seat thrillers. One of the first thrilling authors I had read. I must have read almost all his books.
- Violet Winspear – I do not know if she is famous or not. She is a Mills & Boon author. At a time, when I was completely fascinated with M&B, she was my favourite author. Her heroines were strong, the story was good. In the limited scope of M&B, she did shine as a good author.
- Agatha Christie – Nothing to be said about her. She is the queen of crime after all.
- Devdutt Pattnaik – As an Indian author, I have read most of his books. He has a simple, clean style of writing. He also writes one of my favourite genres – mythology. His blog gives continuous fodder on mythology and how it can be interpreted in the present times.
Let me warn you, this post is not about any religion which will insist on any specific rituals on specific days. It is more about us readers who believe books are our religion. And anyone who will question that or say anything against that, will incur our wrath.
Before writing this, I was checking on Google for ‘Reading rituals of famous people’ if any, but all I got were results on Writing rituals. Apparently, there are none. But I am sure, some of us may be following some rituals before we sit down with that book in hand and go off into pleasurable stories of distant kingdoms and knights in shining armours. Do you stop reading at only certain page numbers? Do you scribble notes on the margins of the books? Do you dog-ear your books? Continue reading