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Books are lifelines. No title ever read can leave you the same. The books that you read, written by others, stories of others also become intricately interwoven pieces of your life story. They become memoirs of the time that was. Do you ever measure memories by the books that accompanied you in those fleeting moments?
There are some gems that impact our lives in more than many ways. Below are some of my best reads that changed me in some or the other way:
40 RULES OF LOVE BY ELIF SHAFAK
“There is only one way to be born into a new life: to die before death.”
Soaked deep in heart-wrenching philosophy, this book will take you to a higher realm of a different kind of love and sacrifice. For all the lovers of Rumi and Shams out there, this is a must-read. You will lose your self in the magic of Sufism and dance with the dervishes and get drunk on life.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE BY MITCH ALBOM
“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
Don’t we all crave for that one teacher who changes the way we see the world? If you have never had one then don’t you go around feeling bad for yourself, instead go read this book and you will find Morrie fill in that gap for you. It is moving true account of Mitch, his favourite teacher and their last greatest lesson together.
PRINCESS BY JEAN SASSON
“When you harm a woman, you harm the whole world.”
Princess is a subtle but eye-opening true account of a Saudi Arabian princess unravelling her story and the stories of other women around her while growing up in Saudi Arabia. If you for a second think that her privilege as a princess saved her from the treacherous claws of the world she was into then think again. It is a hauntingly beautiful narrative of bravery that will leave you shaken.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE BY GABRIEL GRACIA MARQUEZ
“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
Taking a waltz into the world of magical realism, this book will leave you mesmerized into silence you wouldn’t know how to break. Though not an easy read, this is a ground-breaking work filled with intelligence, creativity and powerful anecdotal wisdom.
NEVER LET ME GO BY KAZU ISHIGURO
“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.”
A gripping mystery, it heartbreakingly manoeuvres through the tenderness of love and the courage of moral human reflection. This moving and powerful book by Ishiguro explores the themes of memory, the past and how the different and vulnerable are treated in our society.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE
“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
This is classic needs no introduction. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a masterpiece in itself. The storyline juggles with the emotions of innocence, cruelty, kindness, love and hatred coated with the right amounts of humour and compassion. This dramatic and deeply moving story of right and wrong from the perspective of a little girl will be etched in your minds for a long long time.