I grew up in a house that loved books. They formed an integral part of my growing years. I loved to live in the world of those characters. Perhaps that exposure to books also explains why I took to writing as a profession. It takes sheer talent to convince people of a world that does not exist and make them want to live a life that does not exist.
Where was I? Ah yes books! Today I am listing 7 ( I wish the number was more!) books that I love. Some I love for the world of fantasy, some have inspired me and some I wish I could think as creatively as the author did.
1. The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
Okay, let me start with a confession. For a long time I thought her name was Gnid Blyton because I never got the E in the Enid. Done! Confession out of my system! I think her books are every child’s fantasy and you have no idea how much I would walk around the long trees with a hope that I would find a magic faraway tree too. From the land of gifts to the upside down world, toffee shock, the slide in the heart of the tree, Mr. Saucepan man, Dame-wash-a-lot, Mr.Whatzhisname? Silky….whew! the list is pretty endless. As a kid, I would list of all the things I could do when I would climb that tree and visit a passing cloud.
2. The William series – Richmal Crompton
I would crack up at his doings and chuckle to myself reading the books. I would wonder what the mother would go through with a kid like him. My wait lasted all of 20 years. I am a mom to 4 year old twin boys who fill my life with drama that can last a life time. I know what William’s mother must have gone through. I shudder to think what I will be faced with when the boys are older.
3. From Heaven’s Lake – Vikram Seth
I was wondering if I should mention this book or his epic tome A Suitable Boy, I settled for something easy to read, just in case I convince you read this book. It is a travelogue and if you like reading travelogues, you should pick this one up. It describes the authors journey across China. I also created a list of the places I would like to visit after I read this book.
4. God on a Harley – Joan Brady
Answers come to you when you seek. And this book came when I was doing exactly that, seeking answers for things I needed to know. The author calls it a spiritual fable while I know it as a book that gave me the strength to think better and feel good. The six tenets of the book are a mantra to live by:
- Do not build walls but learn to transcend them.
- Live in the moment, for each one is precious and not to be squandered.
- Take care of yourself, first and foremost.
- Drop the ego. Be real. And watch what happens.
- All things are possible all of the time.
- Maintain Universal Flow. In giving, something is gained, and it is an act of generosity to receive.
Did I make sense to you?
5. Harry Potter – J.K Rowling
Yes, I am one of the die hard HP fans, who was up at 4 am in the morning to stand in the line to lay my hands on the last HP book despite pre-ordering it and had friends kind enough to send me the same versions of the book with different covers! I loved his life and was sad when the series came to an end. Another series where I knew the books are better than a movie.
6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
One of the MOST beautiful books ever written. I waited to see the movie and compare it with the book but was sad when some of the most descriptive parts were missed out. The story of Amir and Hassan is too beautiful to be missed. The book has its dark moments and beautiful moments.
7. Asuras – Tale of the Vaquished –
Neelkanthan Rao Anand Neelkantan
All of us have grown up listening to the story of Ramayan. Yes, the story of how good triumphs over evil and the story of Lord Rama. Even as a child I wondered why no one spoke about Ravana. And when I saw the book that chronicled his life, needless to say I picked it up without a second thought. What unfolded was a brilliant read. If you love Indian authors and Indian mythology, don’t miss reading this.
Choosing 7 just makes me realize of all the other lovely books I have not mentioned! Will park that for a later post.