In March, when the lockdown was imposed, I decided to bring back my ancient habit of reading. After browsing through over a hundred book reviews I had finally decided on the books that I would read this lockdown.
Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’, Amish Tripathi’s ‘The Shiva Trilogy’, and Devdutt Pattanaik’s ‘Myth=Mythia’. Now, I know I’m a little too late to jump into the “Indian writers” bandwagon, but isn’t it better to be late than not jump at all?
I started with the famous Tripathi Trilogy. I’ve always been that child who was engrossed with her Amar Chithra Kathas. The trilogy definitely outdid my childhood favourites. It is the perfect mix of fact, fiction, and imagination. The explorative blend between the heroic yet human conflict, the sweeping romance, and the mythical facts and references makes this a delightful read.
My next read was Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’. I am truly enthralled by the way the concept of desire is so subtly THROWN at your face! I love how the book explores Indian history, politics, and of course the infamous Indian society. I had goosebumps at the end of this and a little part of me is locked away with the book.
Then Pattanaik’s ‘Myth=Mythia’. Now this was my Everest. This man decodes Indian Mythology in a book. I mean that’s a massive project! Centuries and centuries of Hindu philosophy – condensed, profiling of characters from Hindu Epics and Mythology, and an introduction to the Holy books of Hinduism- The Vedas, The Upanishads, Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Almost like a psychological analysis of the Puranas. It is a simple read with complex content that is unknotted with such ease and precision.
These books added some spice and speed to my lockdown days. What have your go-to genres/authors been this lockdown?