Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Book Bucket!!!

There are many benefits of being the only child of a nuclear family. But this post is not about that. This post is about the 10 books that has changed your views or somehow made you a better person or have simply leaved some impact on you.

I remember my Mom was a bookaholic and even before I could learn reading she used to take me to "JayKrishna Library" children section to read out the stories. I remember everyday she used to tell me couple of stories to make me eat my lunch and dinner. Then there came a time when I couldn't resist my urge to read and know more stories and I finally started reading. I used to spell out every word and read (was barely 3 or 3.5 yrs old). My dad used to bring me storybooks often and then oneday unknowingly they became my first love.

Over the years hundreds of books I have read and it is impossible to make a list of just 10 books that had any impact on me. However, I am going to give it a try-

1. The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson- Read it a few years back and I was awestruck. This trilogy was an experience itself. It shows be it the antagonist or the protagonist we all have that grey strike in us. What storytelling!!! Absolutely Masterclass.

2. Na Hanyate- A Bengali book and the narrative is magical. Well, apart from the narrative it somehow made me realize that to get something I need to fight. It made me realize it is too easy to give in but the fun is in the fight and not to give in.

3. Escape from camp 14- The only book that has shaken me from inside. The brutal and real story of the North Korean prisoners is disturbing yet brilliant.

4. The Alchemy of Desire- The best descriptive book I have ever read. It's beautiful, erotic and strangely romantic.

5. Biswasghatak- Another bengali masterpiece. No words can described the beauty of this novel. Passion, betrayal, love, politics and everything else is there and this book is more than just brilliant.

6. Harry Potter Series- I am a Potter Maniac. Period.

7. His dark materials by Philip Pullman- Another awesome series. This series is not for the kids for sure. This trilogy took me to many worlds and it was absolutely great reading it.

8. The City of Djinns - Willam Dalrymple is a magician of words. He made me fall in love with Delhi.when too many things were going on in mind before coming to the Indian capital, this book helped me to embrace the city.

9. Notes on a scandal- Joe Heller- Exactly how complex a person's mind can be. To know it you must read this book.

10. Notes to myself by Hugh Prather- This book has been my soulmate for many years. It seemed that whatever problem I had I can find a solution in this book. Amazing read.

So, Here are the 10 books/series. Books bring you to a different world, a saner world I think and I want to live in that world forever.


Ritika T said...

Such an amazing list ! I am especially really intrigued by the last two. Definitely noting everyything down and will give it all a read :)

Nabanita Dutta said...

Thanks a lot Ritika. And yeah, I would rate those 2 books really high. Read if you can get your hands on them. :)

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