Literature has been a great source of inspiration for many since ages. From Shakespeare’s plays and Dante’s divine comedy to Mark twain and Dickens’s novels based on adventures, whether be it Ruskin Bond’s scenic description of the hills or J.K. Rowling’s magical journey into the world of Hogwarts wizardry – we have all been entertained, awed, nourished and pampered by the world of Literature.
I was first introduced to the wonderful world of books since I was a child, going to sleep only when I was told a story. The possibility of limitless creativity that literature and fiction offer fascinated me even back then as it does so even till today. Many of you kept asking me why do I write blogs? Writing gives me an enriching indulgence into something creative. It gives me pleasure, happiness and satisfaction. For me, it is like a travel enthusiast undertaking a journey with no end. Well, I write because I love reading and want to share my experiences. So the correct question to be asked should be why do I like to read books so much? Let me try to answer through this blog. Maybe I will also unearth some hidden traits about myself.
Books are a gateway that transfers me into the beautiful world of fiction — through which, I travel to distant places, meet and get to know famous personalities, experience and get exposed to classic stories, plots, scenarios and imagine the unknown. There are no constraints of logic to stop your free-flowing mind. Rather there is an abundance of a free flow of ideas.
Literature is important because it connects individuals with society. Literature creates a way for people to document their thoughts and experiences in a way that is accessible to others, through fictionalized accounts and experience.
I have read many books, and I shall continue to read many more. Though it is very challenging for me to list down some of the best works I have come across, as the list would be endless. But still, because many people have asked me what I read, I have enlisted below top 10 books from my favorite all-time reading lists:
- Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
- Godfather by Mario Puzo
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
- The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga
- Holy Cow by Sarah Mcdonald
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy
- Train to Pakistan by Khuswant Singh
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The above list is not exhaustive and is just my humble attempt to pick out 10 of my all-time favorites.
Famous books have some well-written lines, and I like to highlight them on my Kindle as I read them. Just like movie fanatics remember famous dialogues, bookworms like me remember the favorite lines from some of their favorite books. I have quoted below some from my reading list. Just go through these famous lines penned by the respective masters of fiction. The mastery of these famous authors comes to the fore through such lines. I am sure it will invoke a strong interest in you. Just by reading some of these lines, again and again, I am intrigued to the highest level, and I hope these will arouse an extreme interest in reading for you, as well.
Quoting Famous lines from “Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.”
- Happiness is a myth; it was invented to make us buy things.
- Depression only happens to people who don’t know how to be sad.
- Men wage wars for profit and principle, but they fight them for land and women
- Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting
Quoting Famous lines from “The Godfather by Mario Puzo.”
- I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse
- Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold
- The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun
Quoting Famous lines from “Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi.”
- Battles are won and lost before they are fought
- To remain standing one often has to fall
- The early bird catches the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese
- Character is what you are; reputation is what people think you are
Quoting Famous lines from “The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.”
- Of course, it is happening inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real.
- Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.
- Words are, in my not so humble opinion our most inexhaustible source of magic.
Friends, this last quote from professor Dumbledore, serves as an appropriate closure for this blog. Words indeed are an inexhaustible source – just the right mix is needed to create magic, endless, infinite magic.
About the Author:
A chartered accountant, who apart from writing professional audit reports, also loves to explore his creative side with a flair for writing & poetry. An avid reader and an active blogger….I like anything and everything with literary indulgence. Have unconditional love for books besides having interests in travelling, music and exploring new places. I live in New Delhi, with my better half and an adorable little princess.