A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman

I am fond of reading books. I read a lot of them and most genres, I love reading except for ghost stories or murders. I despise them as they disturb my thoughts. I have made it a point to buy books worth of Rs.500 in a month and try to read them within the month of buying.  I am a lot possessive about books and don’t believe in lending books easily, if someone close by insists, then I part with my books with a promise that the borrower will return me back after reading. I have a fascination for book collection since childhood. I am quite attached to it though I had to sell off my books on occasions when there was no place to accommodate the lot and the books had worn out and was inviting termites.

I love watching books neatly stacked in the cabinet, it gives me immense satisfaction. In 2015, I read many books, most of them was of new aspiring authors because I am in a process to come out with my debut novel, so I have a soft corner for the upcoming buddies whose stories draws my attention.

The novels of Sudeep Nagarkar & Ravinder Singh’s Romantic numbers, Novoneel Chatterjee’s Thrillers, John Green’s, and The Fault in Our Stars, Chetan Bhagat’s The Half Girlfriend, Paul Coelho, and The Alchemist & Wings of Fire by APJ Kalam & There’s Something About You by Yashodhara Lal were few read by me in 2015. The name I remember, for others I need to check in my book shelf which I don’t wish to do at this point of time. : P

I enjoyed reading all of them, if I would not have, then I would have not finished them or added in my reading list. The debut authors had tried their best to showcase their work in their best abilities and draw audience.

I believe The Alchemist must have been read by most of the book lovers, it’s a book of journey of life elaborated philosophically and I don’t find the need to share with you all. If any of you haven’t read then get one for yourself and do read.

Even the famous dialogue of Shahrukh Khan is from The Alchemist.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

The Hindi interpretation is,

कहते हैं अगर किसी चीज़ को दिल से चाहोतो पूरी कायनात उससे तुमसे मिलाने की कोशिश में लग जाती है


I would like to share the happenings of There’s Something about You by Yashodhara Lal. It is not a normal romantic novel of a boy and a girl, it’s different and the story is quite realistic and traumatic which many face in their life.

It’s a story of a middle class family and a single child, Trish who is overweight, and her parents are financially dependent on her. Her father suffering from major ailment and requires a lot of care and caring eyes of Trish for her father explodes her mother, who feels that she is ignored or in a way we can say that she yearns for attention and behaves childish. Trish loses her job and the whole responsibility of running the house in in the hands of Trish and she remains in a great pressure and loses her temperament easily. There is immense pressure on her from all quarters and her neighbour, who gets well with her mother is too in the group of naggers.

Trish is a careless girl and not concerned about her outfits or her figure and not even cares what onlookers views are… The story deals with her struggles at work, at home where her father is on bed and needs continuous pampering. Trish meets Sahil while she counsels online as an anonymous counsellor and he sees a spark in Trish and follows her sincerely and finally, they accept each other and slip into a relationship.

The author has described this journey in a very amusing manner and she conveys the message among people that it’s true that people are fascinated by external looks and the people who are not in the race of good looks are often depressed. The true love seeks the heart of a person as at times, looks can be deceptive. The author has depicted a life of a simple girl, who goes through a lot of tantrums in life at each front and finally, the story has a happy ending.

To know more about it, do read the novel and I am sure you will enjoy.

I am hooked with the novels of Nicolas Sparks Classic series unlike the books of Indian authors. The pace of story in Sparks’s collection is a bit slow but it can be catchy after reaching the end.


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