Friday, April 30, 2010
All Time Favourites
When does a book become our All Time Favourite?
When we fall in love with the Story? When the Main Character/s settles deep inside our hearts? When the Author’s voice and style appeals? When the Conflict in the book sucks us in like a whirlpool: it becomes our own conflict, implying that our sense of identification with the Protagonist is complete.
When the book makes us forget our worries for the time being? When the story brings a smile to our lips and tears into our eyes. When we have learnt a lot about life in the course of the story?
If a book can manage even one of these, then it has entered our sacred shrine of All Time Favourites. These are the books that we love reading over and over again. These are the writers who we faithfully follow book after book. These are the protagonists who we visit like good friends.
This post is about favourite books. The books can cut across all genres : non- fiction, as well as fiction; adult, children, YA, chicklit, romance as well as anything else that has appealed.
I will go first. Here are my 5 favourites ….
1. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
2. Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss
3. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
5. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Now it’s your turn. Let me know which five books have entered your favourite category?