This is just me!
I was 8 years old when my mother first handed me a copy of Tinkle. She opened the world of Supandi, Shikari Shambu and I was fascinated with my book. I took it to school one day and was reading it when our class teacher saw me. She took my book as carrying other books was not allowed. She kept it in her cupboard. She was herself a great fan of Tinkle. She might have intended to return it to me after she finished reading but she never found time to go back to it. I was scared that she might scold me if I asked her to give it back. I was at fault after all! My first copy of tinkle continued to remain with her..
I was discovering my talent for writing poetry and I had proclaimed that I would become a writer
( How wise we are as kids!). I was 11 that time when I decided that studies are a waste of time. My mother dinned sense into me and made me see that there was a wide world that I had not yet seen. I had to study, become wiser and then write! She started with the story of Shantanu that day. The next day she bought me a copy of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Thus started my journey..
I got a library card when I was 13 and since then there is no looking back. 8 years of membership, book shopping, book borrowing and days and nights of living someone else's life is what I have had!
The thrill of Sindbad's voyages
The mystery in Nancy's life
The amusing life of the famous five
The bitter sweetness of the secret garden
The wisdom of Tenali Raman and Birbal
The moral dilemma of the Indian epics
The change in Anne Frank's life
The emotions of Chicken soup
The social setting of To kill a mocking bird
The dreamy notions of Mills and Boons
The adrenaline rush with Sidney Sheldon
The living on edge with Dan Brown
Discovering law with John Grisham
The wit of Jeffery Archer
The love hate relation in Gone with the Wind
The slow and mature drift of The Hungry Tide
The endless tips of self help books
The turmoil of The God of small things..
The challenges of The Hunger Games
The epic series of Harry Potter
The power lust of Game of Thrones
The life of Shantaram..
There are just the transitions I have had since I started reading. I do not read much of non fiction, especially autobiographies but I have been inspired by I Dare which is about Kiran Bedi and of course Wings of Fire by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
My humble collection..
After a series of disappointing books from Indian authors that soon followed Chetan Bhagat, I had given up reading such books. In recent years however, the scenario has changed. Here are a few books that made me change my view.
The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi
Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
Six suspects by Vikas Swaroop
The Shiva Triology by Amish Tripathi
Jaya Mahabharat Devadutt Patanaik
Do give these books a try if you have given up reading Indian Books.
There are some books which are like old friends. You just have to open a page and you get to know them in a all new way. To kill a Mocking bird is one of those books for me. Every time I read it, I find something new!
Another book that makes me feel that I know the characters like my family members is The Hungry Tide. I cannot explain why I like to read it again and again. There is so much to know in that book.
There are a few books that remain in my mind for a long, long time and you don't want to read it again for the sheer emotions that each page carried. The painted house by John Grisham is that book for me.
Whenever someone asks me to suggest a book for reading, the first name I take is "Prisoner of birth" by Jeffery Archer. The plot is so far the most intelligent one that I have come across!
I m the girl who reads every day. You would find a paper back in my bag any day. I read while travelling in trains everyday and the book I m reading has often sparked conversations with my co-passengers. That's the best part about books, they not only are good friends but also introduce you to like minded people. I also believe that book readers are the best kind of people to have around because you can always gift them a good book and they will remember you for a life time besides saving you the confusion of gift purchasing!
The last thing I want to share
Because they live multiple lives..
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 8th - 14th December 2013. Today's prompt is books.