With COVID 19 hijacking all our plans, and most of us home bound, this is a great time to pick up a book, post the incessant calls and household chores. I am not here to make the reality more grim that what it already is. So the list of books here is an easy breezy one. Nothing major to chew on, just laughter and things on the lighter side.
- The Night Circus
The Night Circus is an elaborate flight of fantasy. The circus arrives without a warning. Celia and Marco, two young magicians, are trained from childhood for a duel, which they must undertake as per the instructions of their guardians. They are unaware of the rules and the consequences of the duel and each's guard has been fortified by their capricious guardian. To complicate matters further, they nosedive into love, spinning the story dangerously and changing the course of lives of the performers in the circus and the patrons. This one is just love and is hyped up for all the right reasons.
2. Atlas ObscuraAtlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
Atlas Obscura is a delightful connection of oddities in places for the curious globetrotter or the lazy couch reader. In the modern day world, where where few places actually remain "hidden gems" thanks to the internet invading all impermeable corners of the earth, this book still has a delightful collection of experiences that might interest you very unlike a typical guidebook or a roadmap. That's the most we can manage at the moment sitting at home.
3. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project (The Rosie Project Series)
Genetics Professor Don Tillman starts a Wife Project to hunt the perfect life partner ticking all the requirements in his checklist. When Rosie, a psychology PhD student contrary to all his set beliefs, smashes the test, he can't figure out how this was possible or what's right about her. And thus begins a nerdy, hilarious, quirky story of what it means to love someone, and "wire" yourself differently for them. This is the first book of the 3 part series, which should keep you hooked. :)
4. The 100 Year Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappearedThe Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Allan Karlsson doesn't want to celebrate his birthday party in an old people's home and slips out of the window in his slippers with no plans in his mind. And thus begins his unlikely journey involving several people (and also an elephant!), leading to a cascade of murders for a suitcase full of cash. we also get a detailed account of the remarkable life he has had ticking a few of the most important events of the twentieth century and the friends he had earned and lost in the process. oh, and he does find love. And the beach house.
5. The Dork SeriesDork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese God Save the Dork Who Let the Dork Out?
This series has been my comfort read for years, the first time I read this was back when it was published in 2010, while commuting to work in the BMTC AC buses and I was so lost and laughing like a whacko that I fell off the chair! Yes! And earned my reputation and a permanent comfortable seat in the bus. Robin Einstein Varghese is hilarious, whacky and just fab. And how can I mention Sidin without his favourite Raveena! Love you Sidin.
Tristran Thorn must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the wall to win the heart of his love Victoria. And thus begins this dazzling tale in the quest of the impossible. This is an adult fairy tale of what happens when you wish to gain your heart's desire.
7. Am I There YetAm I There Yet?: The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood
Mari Andrew is a champion illustrator and storyteller. She has taken up everyday topics of heartbreak and grief and give hope and humour in her illustrations. Highly recommend this. It's beautiful and you might want to start a journal post reading the book.
8. The Greatest Hindi Stories Ever ToldTHE GREATEST HINDI STORIES EVER TOLD
A well carved arc of emotions in 25 of the greatest story tellers in Hindi translated by Poonam Saxena. This book will take you back to tales of different times and places and raw human emotions striking a different chord. Just Beautiful.
- 9. Be More Keanu
How and why the incredibly handsome, free spirited and timelessly relevant star has some philosophy lessons for us to offer. His movies and his life very enigmatically reinforce that he is "The One". An endearing read you will go back to seeking solace.