*tra la la la* Second part is here! Were you guys anticipating this? Because I totally was. I enjoyed writing this post more than the previous one because *whispers* the previous one had pretty serious and classic types books. *ahem ahem* But I like them nonetheless, but they are too intimidating. This post on the other hand, has lots of books from my childhood, which I loved so much that I even read some of them in one sitting! Almost all of them are extremely fun to read, and I sincerely hope that you decide to read at least a few of them.
1. FIVE POINT SOMEONE BY CHETAN BHAGAT
I know you are going to skip this because Chetan Bhagat *cringe* I am not a fan of his books, but his debut novel, is a whole another story. The story follows three boys, who have got into the IIT. (For those of you don’t know, IIT is a HUGE college in India, where students, almost kill themselves to get into). One boy, the genius – who is meant to be in IIT. Another boy, who really wants to be an engineer but he is scared of the future, not to mention the over looming thoughts of his poverty-stricken family, who are depended on him. And finally, the last boy who is forced to study because parents (duh) But he wants to become a photographer. The friendship, the setting, the romance – it’s EVERYTHING!
I watched the movie based on this book – named 3 Idiots, and I LOVED it. And I am not lying, when I say, I know each and every dialogue by heart. I loved the movie more, and even if your native language is not Hindi, I urge you to watch this movie. It’s just amazing!
2. THE SHIVA TRILOGY BY AMISH
I am a HUGE Greek mythology fan! And I absolutely adored Percy Jackson, and when I heard that this writer had written books based on Indian mythology, I was absolutely floored! But then I was kinda wary, ’cause I literally see my mother pray to them every morning. It felt weird. But THESE BOOKS DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Amish, took on a very scientific approach to explain, all the myths and legends, and made these Gods into tangible human beings, whose fight for life was so believable. And honestly, I believed in them more in these books, than when my mom prays those stone statues. If you are a fan of mythology, and if you have ever been interested in the Hindu religion and culture, I highly recommend this! Extremely fast paced, awesome action scenes, with a sprinkle of political drama, and just a lil’ bit of romance, these books will keep you on the edge!
3. GENTLY FALLS THE BAKULA BY SUDHA MURTY
Sudha Murty’s stories are very feminist, and mostly based on true stories. I usually find them really boring, not going to lie, but this book had me in tears!
Shrimati and Shrikant are neighbours and star students of their school in the small north Karnataka town of Hubli. They come first and second respectively in the final Board exams. Soon Shrikant discovers he is strangely attracted to Shrimati, a plain-looking yet charming person, who always does better than him in the exams. Shrimati too falls in love with the amiable and handsome Shrikant and the two get married. Shrikant joins an IT company and starts rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. He works relentlessly and reaches the pinnacle of his industry, while Shrimati abandons her academic aspirations and becomes his uncomplaining shadow, silently fulfilling her duties as a corporate leader’s wife.
This book could easily be the story of innumerable married Indian women, because despite being smart, capable and talented, they are coerced to give up everything in the name of family. And the truth behind this story, the message that it conveys and Shrimati’s fight for her own life, when she finally realizes what has become of her. It’s just *whisper yells* WOW.
4. SATYAJIT RAY
I intentionally did not mention a particular book, because whatever you read by this author is going to blow your mind away. I don’t think there is a single household in my state, that doesn’t know his name. His character Feluda, is an amateur detective, with exceptional observation skills. And no. This is not a copied work of Sherlock Holmes. This is an equally amazing creation! There are tons of stories on Feluda who is assisted by his nephew Topshe, and an incredibly fun-loving thriller writer Lal Mohan Babu, who has the capacity to liven up any room! There are many film adaptions, of his many stories. Ray is also well known for his short stories which can be horror, sci-fi, thriller, mystery, and soo much more! I hope you get the chance to experience his writings and works, at least once. All his works have been translated into English, and I have read them. They are absolutely great!
5. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN BY SALMAN RUSHDIE
This book is an exceptional piece of literature, and I don’t think I am capable of explaining it. So, I am just going to add the synopsis for you.
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India’s independence, and found himself mysteriously “handcuffed to history” by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent—and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem’s gifts—inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell—we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.
It portrays India’s transition from British colonial rule to independence and the partition of India. It is considered an example of postcolonial, postmodern, and magical realist literature.
That’s it. And this is the last one, because although I have read a whole lot of other books by Indian book, they are not worth mentioning. I mean they are more like all those trashy novels which you read when you have nothing else to read.
And hey! How many of you are in Twitter and Pinterest? I usually use instagram, but I got this weird urge to use twitter, and pinterest has always been there, just never thought of sharing. If any of you guys are there please come find me. I am feeling so left out, and lonely. I joined twitter yesterday only XD. And I have no idea how it works, but ughh fine. Come find me! I need to see familiar faces or…uh…names.
ps. i have zero followers pls don’t judge