Saturday, July 04, 2009

Inspiring Legends

I often feel a need to thank some wonderful authors; whose vivid creativity has helped me shape my own thought process to quite an unimaginable extent.

With this post of mine, i heartily thank the authors of 9 most inpsiring books in my life.

Ordering is purely based on FIFO principle; for i strongly believe that reading any masterpiece is like meeting another form of God; a unique and truly loved experience devoid of any kind of comparisons!

1. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

It was the prize distribution function in my first school (DAV -8 Panchkula).

Principal Madam handed me a token of appreciation for standing first in 2nd std...Oh God, i still have those memories so fresh in my mind!

I was quite excited to tear apart the wrapper and have a quick look at it ; and was equally disappointed to see a little colorful novel inside it with GULLIVER'S TRAVELS written in bold:-(
Later I loved how Gulliver often ended up surviving in contrasting situations during his exciting voyage. The 8-year old child in me obviously loved the Lilliputian tale the most!!

2. Mr. Meddle's Muddles by Enid Blyton

I accidentaly discovered this story-book in the junkyard during a visit to a relative's place in my 7th std. winter vacations.

I loved each and every mischief of Meddle, how he could not get anything done right; often reminding me of own naughty childhood and timely rescue from Mumma's scolding by my lovely sisters!
Ironically, i have become quite a simple person after crossing my adolescence.

If you too loved Enid Blyton a lot, take this quiz to check out which Enid Blyton character fits you the most:

3. Tell Me Your Dreams -Sidney Sheldon

Recommeded by a hostel friend during college days, this thriller caught my eye like no other.
I was quite shocked and scared when the novel revealed that 3varying women were three selves of the same lady.

But this novel helped me in understanding how our own actions and beliefs contradict each other in our day to day life.

4. Yoga For The Cure Of Common Diseases -Dr. Lakshminarain Sharma

This book was gifted to me by my dear father around 1.5 years back. I have performed many of the suggested yogasanas but still dont get time to follow yoga on a regular basis.

Doctor has used very simple language to help us apply common sense in curing common diseases via asans. It also talks of wheat grass for curing any kind of disease and how it can be grown at home.

5. Illusions: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah- Richard Bach

I read this short and sweet tale during my 2008's summer vacation in London.

This novel very beautifully explained to me how i am so acceptive of my own shortcomings and equally critical of others. Worth mentioning is one of its quotes:

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."

The teacher-student relationship works wonders in making readers understand hard truths revolving around life.

6. Bhagwad-Gita As It Is- A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Gifted by ISKCON devotees an year back, i have tried to read this book for 3-4 months on a daily basis.
Divided into 18 chapters, with the help of sanskrit shlokas it explains how material world differs from spiritual plane of existence.

7. The Diary Of A Young Girl- Anne Frank
This true story was recommeded by my dear friend and office senior. She wanted me to enjoy the beauty and realise the pain with which a young Jewish girl Anne recorded her day to day emotions and situations while hiding with her family during Nazis rule in Holland.
I was touched to see how truthfully and boldly she captured every little thing that bothered her.

8. The Kite Runner -Khaled Hosseini

I had seen this novel in the favorite list of many; though started 1.5 years back, finished this novel just a month back!

Looks like Khaled is a truly gifted writer who could pen down the painful consequences of poverty and lack of education so marvelously. The name of the novel looks so apt at the end; No wonder this novel surfaces many of the realities of big time struggling countries.

9. Six Thinking Hats -Edward De Bono

And finally here is my 9th..still not complete but a very different book from the rest.

It emphasizes on how anybody's thinking skill can be further developed.

It makes use of 6 different colored hats- each symbolizing a different action, space and attached emotion.

I must admit i am finding it diffucult to understand all the concepts though so well written; but till then lets hope for the best!!

Needless to say; i will be more than happy to see my blogging friends commenting with their favorite books; for our favorite possessions often reflect a thousand words!!

Happy Joyous July!


Amita..... said...

hey Pooja,

good list of books - will try to read some of them!

Here are two of my favorite books and I guess will like them too :)
1. Man, woman and child : wonderful story writing!
2. The alchemist : very mysterious and very different story.

Recently, I read "Monk who sold his Ferrari". I would not say that it's must read book, but it's definitely a good read for self-improvement!

More will discuss later!!

Keep reading, keep writing, keep learning :)

Happiness always

Prashant said...

I thank you for two things. One for giving the brief about the books you enjoyed and second for giving me an idea and inspiration to write on same theme in my blog.

Books one reads tell a lot about that person. For sake of convenience you have FIFOed your book listing however it is indicative of your growth from an oblivious child to a fun loving teen to an inquisitive, intelligent and mature being.

Moving from Gulliver’s Travel/Enid Blyton to Sidney Sheldon to Gita/Bono/Anne Frank suggests evolution in thinking and maturity. A Child who is oblivious of world creates a world of her own from whatever she see around herself. She will be enamored of Gulliver’s adventure. It perplexes her for the unexpected happenings.
A girl who has just entered in the college where the surrounding is very fun filled and freedom beckons would naturally like thrill and romance of Sidney Sheldon. I have just read one book by the author in college, ‘If tomorrow comes’, and I liked it for its plot. A very good read and a fast paced book. And then one who enters the real world, sees a lot of good and bad things around would naturally try to find answers in Gita and Bono and would sympathize with Anne Frank and would get inspired by her. The books give answers to lots of our problems.

If you liked Gulliver travel you will relish Animal Farm by George Orwell. While I assume that presently you like more of Bono than Jonathan Swift I would suggest that you read it in the light of rise of Stalin in Russia. Each animal in the book indicates a character or an idea in the real Life. The book was a literary retribution of a capitalist Englishman against the specter of rising Communism.

And taking inspiration from you I am putting down the list of books which I have enjoyed reading a lot, but I am afraid to term them as list of my favorite books because this list is very capricious. It is so difficult to select few books and termed them as favorite. Here I would be a bit political and say that these are the list of books which I would like to read it again.

Sara said...

This is a great list,Pooja...I haven't read many from your list, will try to do that!
If you haven't, you must read
1.Good Earth by Pearl Buck
2.Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pilot-Pooja said...

I am honored to have my blogging friends commenting their favorite books.

I just wish to do full justice to their comments in my future life by visiting all the books mentioned.


Mukul said...

This is a really nice list, Thanks a lot for this Pooja.

Atleast it compels me to get back to reading. Unfortunately I have been engrossed in work for last 1 year, I will definitely read Sidney sheldon alteast