One is never too old to start reading. There are times when people realize that reading could be a way to change their life, or at least incorporate a good habit in their busy schedule. Reading heavy literarure cannot always be possible for everyone and at times, people wish to read just for the sake of reading. One doesn’t necessarily have to read heavy writers like Salman Rusdhie, Amitav Ghosh or even Arundhati Roy, they can start with relatively easier books and then slowly move to the ‘professional’ list. Here is a list of ten books that one can pick up for their first few reads.
1. The Immortal of Melhua (Amish Tripathi)The story about a human who is destined to be a God. His journey to such a divine state is beautifully written by Amish Tripathi who even incorporates the Indus Valley civilization in his masterpiece.
2. Palace of Illusions ( Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni)A masterpiece on a mythological work, Chitra Banerjee wove an intricate web of feminist writing by giving a voice to Draupadi, one of the instigatorss of the epic war of Mahabharata. A novel that reads like poetry is something not many writers can achieve easily yet it comes naturally to her.
3. Malgudi Days (R.K. Narayan)Another famous Indian classic, the Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi.
4. The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)The famous story of Mowgli and Sher Khan, along with a few others. The Jungle Book is an Indian Classic.
5. Karna’s Wife (Kavita Kane)The story of the unknown. A voice given to a character otherwise forgotten. This novel is a take on the Mahabharata from a fresher perspective, the strong yet disremembered wife of Karna.
6. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lehri)A work of diaspora, The Namesake is a novel about identity crisis and the inherent need for a human to know who they really are.
7. Nectar In A Sieve (Kamla Markandaya)A novel set in a few years after Independence and in the times of development. Life, time and again, tests the protagonist, Rukmani, who is trying to balance her life, her marriage and her self in a times of extremities.
8. Chanakya’s Chant (Ashwin Sanghi)The novel combines history and the contemporary reality to create a work of fiction that is truly mesmerizing. The revival of Chankya after two and a half millenniums as Gangasagar who is a famed political figure in India.
9. The Guide (R.K. Narayan)The novel is a journey of a tour guide, Raju, the protagonist from a lowly thief to one of the greatest holy men of India.