There’s this meme going around on Facebook, where you talk about the books which have had a major impact on your life and then tag other book lovers to do the same. Here’s my stab at it.
Wow! This is going to be a tough one. There has been a book (or many) at every stage of my life that has influenced me, helped me through a particularly rough patch, or has had a major impact on how I see the world.
Whittling them down to just one is an impossible task. So, I’ll just list them all.
Secret Seven & The Famous Five
Enid Blyton has to be one of my all time favourite children’s authors. Being stuck in Bombay city, I spent many lazy afternoons sharing in the mysteries and adventures of these lots. I still have many of these books with me, not having the heart to part with them.
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire introduced me to the world of fantasy fiction, and for that I’m ever grateful to JK Rowling.
A Brief History of Time explained the wonders of quantum time and space, and had many brain-frying moments peppered liberally throughout the book. PLUS, the book contains only one equation. Props to Stephen Hawking.
LOTR : No one comes close. This is the master himself. In comparison, I found the GOT books to be pretty blah. They have their moments, but most of it is pretty mechanical and formulaic.
The Fountainhead. I don’t think I have to say anything else about this one. Everyone will need the lessons contained in this book at some point in their life. Not recommended for sheeple.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Sheer brilliance, & funny as hell. Read this without laughing out loud at least once & I’ll pay you a thousand bucks!
And lastly, Moby Dick. The intensity of this book, and it’s forays into the human psyche and drives, as well as the depth of the characters portrayed, has to be experienced to be believed.
And that too written by Herman Melville, high school dropout. Written by a high school dropout, & studied in colleges throughout the world. 🙂
This book is the heavy metal of the literary world, and I recommend it to everyone. Read it ASAP!
Honorable mentions : The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The Four Hour Workweek, The National Geographic Magazines.
Plus there are a couple other books which are unmentionable in a public forum. PM me however, if you’re insatiably curious. 😀
What are the book/books that have had the most impact on your life?