10 books that have stayed with me
1. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry – Set in the backdrop of the emergency in 1975, it tells the story of the unfathomable human spirit and love through the lives of 4 strangers.
2. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai – “Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself.”
3. Chasing the Monsoon, Alexander Frater – One of my favorite travel books.The beauty of the book is that even though Frater describes the romanticism of the Indian monsoons, he does not forget the plight of many who face trouble during the monsoons.
4. The Glass Palace, Amitav Ghosh – Historical fiction at its best! A sweeping panorama of Burma’s history through the lives of few characters across generations.
5. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown – Dan Brown’s best work till date I would say.
6. The Kite Runner, Khaleid Hosseini – Story-telling at its best.
7. Airport, Arthur Hailey – Set entirely in an airport and in a time-frame of 7 hours, Hailey takes us through a splendid journey.
8. The Day of the Jackal, Fredreick Forsyth – Probably the only book where I have fallen in love with a particular character more than the book itself.
9. Nine Lives, William Dairlymple – A poignant tale of a diverse set of people who have their set of beliefs, ideologies and ways of reaching out and communicating to the Almighty. Spirituality is just one of the many themes in this book.
10. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaleid Hosseini – “Mariam lay on the couch, hands tucked between her knees, watched the whirlpool of snow twisting and spinning outside the window. She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how people like us suffer, she’d said. How quietly we endure all that falls upon us.”