We all want to come across books that specifically cater to our own needs and provide a meaningful insight into another person’s experience. Like education, an extraordinary story along with some wise words remains with us to a large extent. It makes us think beyond the pre-existing notions and immensely change our outlook towards things.
About yourself: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This story starts with the journey of a shepherd boy who is in pursuit of a treasure buried in the Egyptian Pyramids but later is directed towards the path of self-discovery. Coelho urges people to believe in their capabilities over the idea of destiny and thoughtlessly follow their dreams with determination, no matter how infeasible it may seem.
About life and existence: Looking for Alaska by John Green
This story is about a teenager who is not afraid of death and how her immediate death makes his friend ponder on the very existence of the human race, the purpose of their lives, their mortality and afterlife. It also makes us realise about the choices we make in life. Miles ends up choosing a Great Perhaps and that leads him to a world full of questions.
About religion: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
This book has led to a lot of controversy and criticismon various aspects like Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene’s intimacy, European art and architecture, the secret rituals and the basis of Christianity. It also raises questions regarding the secrecy of Opus Dei and the history of Roman Catholic Church. After reading this book, one undoubtedly questions the fabrication of religious truth and society.
About friendship:The Kite Runner by KhaledHosseini
It is a story of two best friends, Amir and Hassan, who are no less than brothers. For most of the novel, Amir tries to overcome the guilt of betraying his friend who can do almost anything for him. Hassan’s love for Amir is selfless, while Amir’s is mostly selfish. Hassan had long ago forgiven Amir for his betrayal and even after years of separation still believed that he was the best friend he ever had.
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