Do you love reading?
Welcome back! Last time, we met in the month of September when I shared my workplace woes. But today, I am here to talk about something that makes me forget all my problems and help me look forward to the day. As evident from the title and the question, I am talking about reading.
During my school time, I had stories that I would read several times throughout the school year. Once I read a story titled “The Enemy”. It was about a Japanese surgeon and his wife Hana who gets in a tricky situation when they had to rescue an American soldier, an individual from their enemy country.
This particular story gave me a perspective towards humanity and duty and at the same time, it brought me closer to the world of literature.
Another time, I came across two poems “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum” and “Road Not Taken” which taught me about the idea of privilege and courage. They were some of the very few poems that stayed with me. The vividness with which I remember some of the narratives, leaves me in amazement every time I think about it.
I haven’t spent time as much with humans as much as I have spent with books. The reason being that my friends from the world of fiction are non judgemental despite being as flawed as real world “hoomans”. They show me their perspective, listen to mine and we move on. The relationship is not always harmonious but we always reach a conclusion.
So, what’s my favourite book? To be honest, it’s difficult to answer the question as each book leave its trace on my memory and personality until and unless it’s a pathetic piece of work like “Fifty Shades of Grey”. (why on earth would someone write that pathetic book?)
Still, there are some books that have left a deep impact on my heart. Below are my top 6 picks:
1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
2. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
3. Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
5. Homeland by Rabindra Nath Tagore
6. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Each book has important historical or social moment at the backdrop and amidst that moment, a narrative of love is being showcased to portray vulnerability of humans and their reliability on social environment to form their identity. I would have loved to elaborate on each book but I would then end up revealing the plot line. Such betrayal is not permissible in reading circles.
At the moment, I am reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller and I am looking forward to read “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro but there still remains a huge list that I need to complete before I go on to make another one.
What are you reading these days? Share your reading list or favorite book via tweet @Fuzzable.