Books for beginners and the books you cannot miss
I was raised in a culture (read Kolkata’s hyper intellectual society) where not reading book or not knowing about classics, both regional to international, was considered uncultured.
Therefore, whenever any of my friends or colleagues ask me for a book to start reading with I feel so happy and wish to spread that word out that reading is not for increase your intellect or smartness. Trust me guys it helps you travel around the world, from center of the earth to over the moon, let you learn different religion, culture and it often opens the gate to the Golden times in history.
They say a reader lives a thousand lives! Open a book and live a life once at a time.
I would advise you not to start right away with the award winning books which might be too dry or hard on your new comer soul.
Also, you can first try something in your own language as I had fallen love with Satyajit Roy’s Feluda, a handsome detective and read every one of them. 😀
I would like to suggest few books which you could start with.
- Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathy: This is what I started with for English fiction from Indian author. This is a set of three novels depicting the story of the Legend Shiv. An Indian mythology at its best.
The beautiful writing will grip you till the end. Shiv is portrayed as a human living in a Himalayan tribe who land up as a foreigner in the city of Meluha in search of a better life for his men. He is just a man who falls in love with a princess of that city. But the people of that foreign land has been long waiting for their rescuer, their Neelkanth and places him as their God.
The narration is so compelling that you would not even notice when you finished one book and you will thrive for another.
This can definitely kick start your habit for reading.
- Life is what you make it by preeti Shenoy: This is one of the best book by the author and one of my favorites. This is a story of ambition and determination and what you have to pay for it.
The protagonist, Ankita has achieved everything in her life to call her successful, friends, boys to pursue her, admission to a premium MBA College and great scores but life forces her to pne day wake up in mental hospital bed.
The story is intimidating. The description of her fierce ambition, the way she races through her life to achieve it actually thrilled me. Then the description of her losing her mind and drowning will touch a string in your heart. You will feel the pain that is growing up. Read the book to find out how she recovered and rediscovered life. An inspiring story for girls of this time.
- House of Cards by Sudha Murthy: There is a different serenity in Sudha Murthy’s writing. Its innocence will force you to face the truth of life in this book. This is a story of Mridula, a simple girl from Kerala’s village with uncompromising love for truth and honesty and Sanjay, a new but hard working doctor who falls in love with her innocence. It is a journey of life where one doesn’t get to know when the person sleeping beside you every day changed so drastically and sold his soul so far that you cannot recognize him anymore.
The story follows Mridula when she does not compromises her principle for the luxuries her husband has to offer or for the brilliant son. But would she ever find a place she call home? This is a beautiful story of relationships that will move you.
- Five point someone by Chetan Bhagat : Of course! How can I even leave Chetan Bhagat out of this list? You might have already seen the movie. But I would suggest you to read this book. This one is my favorite of his lot. If you have been an engineering student or lived in hostel, you could relate to this book and thoroughly enjoy as well.
- Thrillers are the best options to start reading as it piques your interest and doesn’t bores you.
These are my favorite list of 15 books which will make you thrilled indeed.
I would suggest you to pick any from one of Vish Dhamija, 03:02 or Sinister Silence.
- Mrs. Funny bones by Twinkle Khanna: Comedy is something that does not burden you with philosophy or heavy messages which are sometimes hard to crack. “Mrs. Funny bones” and “The house that BJ built” are my top picks in this category. You can go through the list here for more options.”
- And then there was none by Agatha Christie: Although most of the books suggested were by Indian writers, I would like to suggest one international read as well which will grip you and they are absolute page turner. Pick any book of Agatha Christie and I would suggest you “And then there was none”. It will make you forget of time and place and you will probably finish this in single sitting.
This is a story of 10 people gathered in an island invited by a mysterious host and although there is not one single living soul present except them in the island, someone is killing each one of them one at a time for some twisted reason of justice.
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Until the next post, B’bye guys!