Friday, August 21, 2015

My Top 5 Favourite Novels!

It is a tough task for me to decide on my favourite 5 novels, especially when I am not so genre specific while selecting books. I usually pick whatever I think is going to make me think or retrospect or amaze me, or all at the same time! I also go by my friends feedbacks after all, reviews do matter, and also helps you to choose the better ones among the lot.

These are my favourite 5 Novels, there's nothing like the most favourite among them, I cherish and treasure them all.

1. The Kite Runner 

Author - Khalid Hosseini
Khalid Hosseini has the most interesting way of storytelling and gives very beautiful details of everything as if it's actually happening. 'The Kite Runner’ is about loyalty, love, brotherhood, courage and humanity.

 It’s a gripping story about two friends, Aamir and Hassan who love to fly kites, the former being the protagonist.  The story is based in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The hardships and war-faced Afghanistan along with the political conflicts are depicted very intensively throughout. 
Aamir hails from a wealthy family of Sunni Pashtun Community and Hassan from the Shia Hazaras community which were considered socially inferior group. In fact Hassan happens to be the servant in Aamir's family. 

The story revolves around Hassan's loyalty and dedication towards his ‘Agha Sahib' Aamir, the cowardice of Aamir and his battle to set things straight and repay the sacrifices made my Hassan for him. It makes you hate the protagonist for the major part of the story and in the end leaves you with the feeling of hope. Narrating style is simple yet very effective. The novel has very interesting quotes which will stay intact in your mind for long.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”   
 “And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.   
“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

2. Tuesdays with Morrie

Author: Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom saw his old professor Morrie Schwartz on ABC's Nightline being interviewed by Ted Koppel about what it was like to be dying of ALS, (Lou Gherig's disease). This was when he decided to get in touch with his old dying Professor. Mitch was saddened to see his Professor in such a state. The next 16 Tuesday's they spend time exploring about relationships, family, aging, culture etc.
 Mind you this novel is not just about the Professor's dying words/lessons. It is much more than that. Morrie will surprise you with his passion for life, his thought process.

This novel is extremely motivating and gives you altogether new outlook towards life!. It teaches you valuable lessons and comes from a person who has experienced it all!. 
Here are some very inspirational quotes:
"In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive right?... But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well"                                                                                                                        
“Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it.” 

3. The (In)Eligible Bachelors

Author: Ruchita Misra 
The tittle sounds like any other chick- lit but it is not. The novel is about  love, friendship, trust, family. Most important the novel doesn't look like it is written by a debutant.

Kasturi is a MBA graduate, 24 and single. Her mother wants her to get married to a well settled, rich, suitable guy. Her mother’s hunt for a son in law begins with Ads in the local newspaper, creates her profile on and a hell lot of things.

Kasturi joins a company in Delhi, makes new friends, Ananya, a tomboy & Varun, a nerd. She continues to meet random guys in Delhi only because she cannot say ‘NO’ to her mother and gives up to her emotional blackmail each and every time. Among all, she meets a guy called Purva who is a doctor, a decent guy and a lot different from others. Although she never thinks about him that way, he lands up every now and then to help her in every difficult situation.

 Story turns interesting when Kasturi falls madly in love with her boss Rajeev. Kasturi is dumb founded. She is unable to take the most important decision of her life. Will she make the correct decision? 

4. Wise and Otherwise

Author: Sudha Murthy
This Novel is a collection of around 50 real life stories which the author herself experienced and expressed in the most aesthetic manner. The best thing about this novel is the stories are not preachy and not imposing any view and leaves it to the readers to decide between right and wrong.

A man  who leaves his father in an old age home, a student who returns the unused money are some of the stories which form the highlight of the novel. What is striking is her simplicity and humility which is visible in her writing. 


Sudha Murthy writes her books as and when she travels and no wonder you see her stories cover different geographical regions. One can relate to these stories very easily. This book is a must read for those who want know about “real" India through her eyes.

5. The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green
This is the best piece of fiction I have ever come across. The 2 main characters in the novel  Hazel Lancaster and, Augustus Waters.  Hazel is stricken with the most dreadful disease of all 'Cancer'. She meets Augustus who is a cancer survivor and her life changes completely. Augustus makes her feel happy, gives her hope and tries to fulfill all her wishes. Needless to say they fall in love with each other. Well love is not only emotion in this story, it is full of courage, excitement, friendship, pain, humor and anger.

The characters are remarkable and lively, as if you can draw their picture in your mind. Augustus, tall, handsome with blue eyes, fearless, confident and funny. The idea of having an unlit cigarette is enthralling.
"It's a metaphor, see:  you put the killing thing right between          your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing".
Hazel, who in the  initial part of the story doesn't want to get attached to someone because of her health condition, compassionate, thoughtful, loves to read books and her favourite one "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. It's her dying wish to meet her favourite writer.
This novel will make your heart ache and there's a possibility you will have teary eyes and feel lump in your throat.

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