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What are you reading this Summer

Aparajita Gautam

Social Work Professional

Books you love
Reading has entirely shaped my life and influenced my outlook towards life. I’ve learnt from the characters – good and bad. I can’t imagine my life without books. Having said that, there was a stage when I was so fascinated with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte that the main protagonist was an inspiration in life. I felt like the protagonist’s words gave me the answers to questions no person could ever give. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini also affected me a great deal.


Favourite author
There are a lot of authors I admire but the first name that comes to my mind is Czech born French writer Milan Kundera. Ever since I read ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’, I bought every book of his and I have never been disappointed. Milan Kundera has remained my favourite author for a long time. I like his writings because of his philosophies on human existence and individual experiences and their choices.
I love reading BP Koirala’s books and I find his views of life very compelling.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak remains one of my all time favourites. It is a book that has been narrated by death and takes place during World War II in Germany. It might sound depressing, but it is not gloomy at all, it’s heartbreaking but positive at the same time.

Favourite spot and time to read
Reading is something that I do every day. It is as normal as having a meal. I am always with a book. How much I read depends on how busy I am, but I do read every day. I get restless if I don’t get a chance to read anything. Favourite spot to read would be my own room always.

For readers…
It is the most wonderful thing to do, to curl up with an amazing, novel, not to mention it is the least expensive way to travel.

Summer recommendations

I loved Firfire by Buddhi Sagar. In fact that was the last book I read. The story revolves around the friendship of two boys in rural Nepal whose lives are torn apart due to unfortunate circumstances. I guess I do not need to say much about this book as it was a highly awaited book. Additionally, the simplicity of the language in this book is something I really admire.

Ulaar by Nayan Raj Panday is a short read with a bit of a political backdrop. It revolves around marginal characters living in poverty created by political instability in the Tarai region of Nepal. It sort of gives us an understanding of the place and the real picture behind.
I am also looking forward to reading both Lu and Sallipir by the same author which has just come out.