I wholeheartedly agree with Oprah. Reading helps me question my biases, providing me with tools to see situations in a different light and making me aware of my gaping ignorance, while giving me reassurance that I am not alone on this amazing journey called life. Thank you fellow travellers for leaving these delightful signposts on our path. All books expand your mind and open your eyes, these are few of the ones that I have read recently and some that I read awhile ago.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth – this was my treat after completing my A Level exams, and what a treat it was. I loved every page, and was extremely sad when I reached the end, even though it is one of the longest novels written. I think I really enjoyed it as it gave me a gentle course on Indian history post independence, while observing closely the various styles of social interactions across India.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – I recently read this with my son and it is an experience I will cherish for years to come. The discussions we had and the emotions we both felt were deep and enriching.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – I have read this book twice, once before I went to university and then again when I started working. Both times I felt that the book was counselling me and felt extremely relevant to what I was going through. I need to and want to read this again soon.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – what can I say! This book has made me see life in such a simple and effective way. And as a dear friend said after reading it – ‘It has taken the fear out of life.’
Factfulness by Hans Rosling – The is a great book which teaches you to view data in a meaningful way and explains to you emphatically that life is good and getting better!
Educated by Tara Westover – my current read. Disbelief and awe are two emotions I am constantly oscillating between while I am reading this unbelievable memoir.