Let's begin with Mark Twain, the famous American Author, who believed that the person who does not read has no advantage over the person who cannot read.
Reading makes you sharp, aware and a clear thinker. And it works wonder with your memory! Don't believe me? Give it a try. It's a form of entertainment where you actively use your mind while also getting entertained.
Let's jump to 11 books that will change the way you look at the world.
This is the only novel that inspired me to become a writer. After reading this, I realized that writing could be so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you, Paulo Coelho, for giving us such a gem! It's the story of Santiago; a young boy who came across an Englishman who in turn, wanted to learn the art of Alchemy – an art that turns any metal into gold. Then, the young boy's journey began through the deserts while he discovered his soul and realized his dreams and desires. A very delightful and beautiful story you will fall in love with.
A story of friendship, love, loss, war, longing and nostalgia. The story was set in 1980s when Russia did not invade Afghanistan and the life there was as normal as it could have been at any other place. But then the war began, lives and properties were lost and the country was eventually devastated. The lead character returned to his country and felt dismal looking at the then state of Afghanistan. A deeply emotional and moving story, it will tell how war destroys a nation, and friendships.
A classic and the bestseller of India, it's a tale of India's ghastly partition where million people died during the transmigration. It's a dark truth of India's independence where people got what they wanted but at a terrible cost. The story starts with a train full of corpses arriving at a border town in India which led to a series of riots. What happened later will shake you to the core.
This powerful story, which also won the reputed Booker Prize, revolves around Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager. He realized quite early that if one wants to succeed in India, one should be manipulative, corrupt and shrewd. He ran his business around these 'principles' and became a phenomenon. He traveled from darkness to light, in his own style. The book shows the dark reality of India in a very stimulating manner.
A book that tells you to realize your dreams, come what may. When you are focused on your dream, nothing can stop you. This novel revolves around the life of the famous painter from Holland, Vincent Van Gogh and his terrific adventures. He suffered throughout his life and lost everything in the journey, but he did not give up. The end is tragic, read and find out for yourself. This novel will shake you to the core, guaranteed.
The story revolves around two characters who were in love with each other during their childhood. The love was deep, true and intense but when the father of the girl got to know about the affair, he got the girl married to someone else. But the boy still loved her! He waited until they got old, till the girl's husband died. And then, the affair rekindled. This novel proves that true love exists.
The No.1 bestseller worldwide, this story focuses on the life of a woman who deliberately chose adultery and rebelled to get a life of her own. She left her husband and fell in love with a Military Man, only to realise later that the man was an adulterer. She realised her mistake but it was too late. What happened later will send a chill down your spine.
A novel that tells the serious incidents leading to the Russian Revolution in the funniest manner, using animals in perspective. The story is based around an animal farm where various animals live and interact with each other. Though they are animals, they talk about politics, war, revolution and patriotism and that's damn funny. A cherry for literature lovers indeed.
A controversial novel, it revolves around a literature professor who married a widow, to be near her daughter of 12 years. Although a controversial subject, it shows many shades of human beings and that breaking a mold is always controversial. Read the novel for its superior literary language and the psychological dissection of human beings.
The novel is the story of a married woman, who had multiple extramarital relations. Her husband was a simple man, who could not find till the end what his wife was doing. For him, she was a wonderful woman who took good care of the house. He cried profusely when she died not realizing that she was actually murdered by one of her lovers due to her philandering ways.
The story revolves around a psychiatric hospital where the inmates were made to live their life to the fullest by the protagonist. They were living a secluded life until the protagonist arrived. The protagonist proves that the inmates in the hospital believe that it's the outside world that's actually mad – and this is the theme of the story as well. An intelligent mix of satire, humor and tragedy, read this novel to understand who's actually mad.
Which one will you be picking first?