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Books are galleons

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Books are galleons

Mar 1, 2015-

How did you first come to love books?

I started with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and became addicted to novels after reading some books from the Harry Potter series (J K Rowling).  I used to pour hours of my day reading then—to the extent of going to sleep at five in the morning sometimes. Books, throughout these years, have defined my personality.

What was the last book you read and how did you like it?

The last book I read was my tattered copy of Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell). I adore it to pieces. I’ve read it many times and still do so time and again. I love how the characters evolve in the story, how the story gradually changes its pace and leaves you yearning for more.

What are you reading right now and how is it going?

Currently, I’m busy reading my textbooks as my exams are just around the corner. Other than that, I always take study breaks to read something else that interests me more.

What is your favourite genre and why?

My favorite genre would be historical fiction and thriller; I can’t choose between the two. I think historical novels are rich in emotions while being rooted to reality. And there’s nothing else that keeps me more engaged than thriller novels. The experience of reading them is filled with anxiety and anticipation and they affect you even after you are done with the book. I feel that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) series and books written by Dan Brown are by far the best thrillers I have come across—they constantly putting me at the edge of my seat.

Name a book that you would recommend.

I would recommend Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) and To kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee). Both the books are beautiful and engaging in their own ways. In Memoirs of a Geisha, Sayuri’s memoir becomes your story as you gradually understand her through the pages. Similarly, To Kill a Mockingbird explains how misconceptions and prejudices have the power to tear someone’s life into pieces.

What is good writing for you? What would you say makes a good writer?

Good writing is something that leaves the reader awake at night, contemplating the story.  If the writer can engage the reader with her/his words and make the reader leave reality to travel to the world of words, then that writer is good.

How has reading affected your life?

The incredible power of words are realised when we hear/read them at the right time. I think that the books I have read so far have played a major role in making me the person I am today. In every book you read, you relate to the character.  Apart from that, reading has certainly improved my analytical skills and made me look at the world a little differently. It has changed the way I deal with the problems in my life too.

One book that has inspired you a lot and why?

That would certainly be the Harry Potter series. Reading Harry Potter was like growing up with Harry, attending Hogwarts and having Ron and Hermione as your two best friends. I’m still hoping that JK Rowling will, again, use her magical pen to write another literary adventure on Harry’s life.

 

Published: 02-03-2015 08:42

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