This blog post going to inspire you in a million ways provided you take it seriously and act on the book recommendations 3 of my favorite fellow bookworms have for you.
So without further ado, let’s crack on!
BOOKWORM NUMBER 1
Two things that describe me – Travel and Books! In a world of Kindle’s, I am a physical book loyalist. I precisely remember developing a love for reading books in my 2nd year Organizational Psychology class. ‘The twilight saga’, I started with. Yep! I am that girl. Or at least, was. Now it’s more about Memoirs, Prose Poetry, Self-help and Mindfulness. I am an old-school-gypsy soul, a wanderer, wrapped in handwritten poetry.
Because books are the single most loyal travel companions.
Now that you know about me, here is a list of books I can read and re-read endlessly and unravel a new meaning, a new lesson every single time. So, weather you are a travel lover or a lost soul hunting for answers from the universe, I swear by these books (read – take them to my grave). These will change the way you look at this beautiful mess of a world.
Mind Platter – Najwa Zebian
A book of learnings and understandings on her silent journey from Lebanon to Canada, Najwa Zebian is the voice of anyone who’s been unheard and illtreated. This book, has no single expression. It goes more than what words depict. It’s all about what you perceive it to be. It is the whole life in the form of a book.
Advice: You will fall in love with it!
The Prophet – by Khalil Gibran
If you are a #SpiritJunkie, this book is for you. Khalil Gibran, a Spiritual soul in the early 20thC penned down The Prophet, a collection of poetic fables defining love, friendship, joy, sorrow and everything Life! His poetry will take you through a new wave of emotions.
Advice: This is the most awe-inspiring book you will ever read.
The Shooting Star – by Shivya Nath
The shooting Star is a 20 something’s story with her backpack and an eager soul to travel the whole world. Shivya gave up all her belongings and started her journey of responsible travel and has been unstoppable every since. I have followed her story for years and the book only gives us an idea of her unpredictable life on the road. Shivya rediscovers herself with travel, humanity and life philosophy.
Advice: This is her first, but I hope its not her last. You’d be surprised to see how the travel world can connect us.
You can read more of Sakshi’s musings on her blog:
BOOKWORM NUMBER 2
I’m a South African currently living in Dubai. I love traveling, yoga, art, spending time with loved ones and… you guessed it… reading! I taught myself to read at the young age of four, so I’ve honestly loved books and reading almost all my life. I was blessed with parents who always encouraged my love of reading by taking me to either our local library or to the bookstore, where I’d spend hours browsing to find my next read. I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction as I love learning about real-life events while also enjoying a beautiful story. I recently started reading self-help/spiritual books which have given me a whole new perspective and opened my mind to new and positive ways of thinking. I often reflect back on the teachings from two of these books in particular that I felt really spoke to me.
The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer
The Untethered Soul is a beautifully written book that takes you on an inward journey that challenges you to deeply reflect on your relationship with yourself and the world around you. Through teachings of meditation and mindfulness, this book really helped me to learn how to free myself from negative thoughts, emotions and energy states and to rather focus my consciousness on being present in the moment and as a result of this, achieve a calm mind and happiness.
The Book of joy – his holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
The Book of Joy is an incredible look into the fascinating lives of his holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Through their intriguing conversations, you will learn about the beautiful friendship they share and how, despite their hardships (or because of them, as they would say), they still manage to find joy in a world filled with suffering. This book really helped me to find comfort by discussing the obstacles of joy that we all face in life (nobody is alone in suffering), as well as peace by then providing teachings of daily techniques that can be practiced to overcome these obstacles of joy and achieve lasting happiness.
I hope that you’ll add these books to your 2019 reading lists and that they will also bring light, peace and joy to your life. Happy reading!
BOOKWORM NUMBER 3
Thoughtlessly thoughtful… I think our friends define us the best and mine had this to say – ‘Besides being ever so graceful, beautiful inside out with diva like presence – Simi you are batcrap crazy 😊 and we love it! Well this blog isn’t about me, but about the books…so here it is…
I believe good books find you when you are not looking for them, like love, like loss, like God, like faith, a song, coin! Things find you when you are not looking for them….here are the ones – which very fortunately found me….
How to win friends and influence people – Dale Caringie
I’m a firm believer that people should always try to improve themselves in some way. How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the best known books on interpersonal relationships. It was first published in 1937 by Dale Carnegie. Though the book was written over 70 years ago, that does not mean the book is obsolete! I first read How to Win Friends and Influence People when I was in college then again when I was put in the position to become a mentor and supervisor to several young team members. Applying the principles in this book was a great help in me becoming a better leader and human being. Just about everyone can gain from reading this book and applying its principles.
Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received
This gem found me when I returned from San Francisco to head a start-up firm in India. During that time Mr. Trump was very popular was hosting a hit reality show – ‘The Apprentice’ which was yet another favorite of mine! Donald Trump didn’t write this book – except the introduction, however this book is a collection of amazing business stories and advice. I love this book and have bought several copies over the years for friends. There is some good advice from top business leaders around the world. I like that each page is a separate anecdote from a different executive; can be read out of order or consulted sporadically. This book’s take away message – Being the best requires an individual to be bold and consistent to purpose.
Keep Off The Grass Paperback – by Karan Bajaj
I don’t know why this brilliantly written book has not been considered by any director to make a movie out of? This book is simply infectious and great fun to read.
A very reluctant reader of books by Indian authors – Karan Bajaj surely changed that for me. Samrat a twenty-five-year-old Yale graduate making half-a-million dollars a year as a hotshot investment banker on Wall Street – just quits everything and enrolls in business school in India. His rollercoaster journey begins at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore and then he visits places and encounters experiences – beyond his own imagination. Karan Bajaj has a very special talent, telling his story in a simple, dynamic manner that immediately plunges you into a fictive dream. After a paragraph or two, you’ll forget you’re even reading. This book lets you think seriously about some of the important aspects that we miss in our lives and concept of ‘dare to step out of comfort zone’.
Aakansha – Thank you for inviting me to write this blog. I had too much fun, compiling this list and can’t wait to re-read all of them again!
Folks, please feel free to comment below which of these you’d like to pick up & read.
Also, drop in your recommendations below. I just love love reading your comments! :*
Love & Gratitude.