4 Books to Get you back to Reading Habit
Owing to modern lifestyle, career ambitions and busy routine, many of us have given up the habit of reading. So badly do we long to smell those pale yellow pages, crisp page turns and the dive into the stories? Have you noticed that some people still carry a book while travelling in local conveyances? How do they feel when they are lost in the book? Why do people carry books when they go on travel? Maybe to separate themselves from the day to day stentorian or perhaps to avoid unworthy judging of fellow humans.
Forget that, how many of us haven’t yet experienced this? Surely there must a bunch of us who never picked up a book mostly because we thought it is time consuming, boring and sometimes difficult to interpret the story. ‘I’ll probably watch a TV series than reading’ or ‘what about my hobbies, there is so much to do?’ Some of the instant reactions you may be served upon asking why you don’t start reading.
In both the cases a book is dying to be felt in hands and be read. While it is relatively easier to get people in the first category, back to the habit, it is tougher in the second case. Nevertheless, let’s give it a try. Here are some very easy to read popular bestselling novels that have not more than 100 to 200 pages. For a change, give them a try and you might want to re think about your hobbies.
1) Animal Farm by George Orwell
Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 Fiction satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union and is regarded as one of the finest political satires of all time.
2) Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate and also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endured and transcends the ravages of war. Mano Majra is a place, Khushwant Singh tells us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day, at the end of the summer, the ‘ghost train’ arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refuges, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war.
3) Calcutta chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
Absolute thriller and chilling. From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.
4) Heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad
Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.
Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventures, character development and a psychological penetration.