If you have ever read the Facebook post “Dinosaurs did not read, they are dead now”, and laughed it off, stop and think for a moment, you might grow to think differently. This post was witty but it also holds truth, reading is what make one grow mentally, gain perspective and understand your surroundings. So if you are one of those people who find themselves sitting home with nothing to do because of summer vacations, the best thing to do is to pick up a book, any book. If you are a first time reader and don’t know what to read, what you would like, then read the list below and find a book that you think might suite you.
The left hand of Darkness
By Ursula K. Leguin
Way in the future when entire planets work like one nation and groups of galaxies form trade, commerce, security and intelligence union an emissary is sent to a far, far away, planet called Winter to convince them to join the union. The novel written in dairy form starts with his struggle with the archaic lifestyles and petty believes of the locals and his fight to survive when the entire planet is after his life and his closets safe haven is thousands of light-years away. If you like this there are many more by Leguin in the same series.
The book might be hard to find in Delhi book stores but is listed for Rs. 374 on Amazon India.
By Terry Pritchett
There are 41 of them so you are spoilt for choice. The best way is to read about them a little and dive into the pile and start reading. The best or the most popular ones from the series are The colour of magic, Soul music, Lords and ladies, Thief of time and Interesting times. The books are set in disc shaped world, with waterfall at the ends. The disc rests of the back for four giant elephants that stand of the back of great tortoise. Confusing yet interesting, right?
By Henry James
The above two might suite all age groups but this is a little mature for all of us to understand. It is a classic and rightly so. Read it once and it will feel anew the next time you read it. A passionate love story packed with elements of subtle human traits. Henry James hit a home run with this novel. Not just a great read this will help you gain a deep yet quick understanding of American society during the late 1800s. A great read for people who like happy endings and also for the ones who don’t.
Other romance/ drama novels like Home and the world or Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore are great reads too. Though they might seem a little close to home it will make you realise how far we have come from those yet how similar we remain.
Age group: 14 years- 19 years
It is very important to inculcate the habit of reading at a young age. Reading will form your child’s opinions and intellect in a very open and positive way. And for an India child there is nothing better in today’s time than a Ruskin Bond book. Start with Adventures of Rusty, Rusty runs away or Rusty, the boy from the hills. If you enjoy these (and there is little chance you won’t) then move on to Crazy times with Uncle Ken or if you can stomach it A season of ghosts. Ghost’s stories by Bond are quite scary. The best would be to finish your Ruskin Bond summer with a copy of Room on the Roof. For kids and for adults alike this is probably the one book that captures the essence of childhood friendships in the purest form. And if Room of the roof does for you what it does for most, you should finish your summer with a trip to Mussoorie, where you might have a chance to meet the author himself and get your books signed by him.
And if you are a quick reader and want to read something else I suggest you start with Malgudi days by R.K. Narayan. This book is a perfect picture of the India before globalization took over us and we all started to seem similar.
Age group: 9 years -18 years
If you liked the Ghosts stories of Ruskin Bond more than any other books and you want to explore this genre I suggest you start with Dracula by Bram Stoker. Move on with Frankenstein by Mary Shelly or The turn of the screw by Henry James. Unlike Horror movies, books of this genre carry a very important and clear message and what makes a horror book better than a horror movie is the fact that what we imagine is always more scary to us than what we see. So if you have enjoyed forgetting about the heat and getting lost in these horror stories than we suggest you explore Stephan King starting with IT and The shining.
Age group: 14 years-19 years
Where to find:
All the books here mentioned are easily findable all around the city. The second had book stalls and sellers will have copy of almost all the classics and of the collected works of Ruskin Bond. Stephan King is one of the top selling authors in the world so his books can be found everywhere. Though finding the particular one might be a little challenging. We list here the good book stores of the city where you can find the books you are looking for.
Address: 6, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Contact: 011 2469 4611
Midland Book Shop
Address: 20, Aurobindo Place Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Contact: 011 2686 7121
Address: N-81, Connaught Circus, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Contact: 011 3350 3291
Jain Book Agency
Address: Shop No.1, Aurobindo Place Market, Sir Aurobindo Marg,, Near Greenpark Chruch, Bhim Nagri, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Contact: 011 4175 5666