Books and reading
Books have been my company during sad times and happy times. Growing up as an only child in a small town in India, books helped me disappear into worlds far away from my home.
I started with mystery novels-Secret Seven, Famous Fives, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series, novels full of drama and passion -Danielle Steele and Sydney Sheldon series, books on Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Self Help, and now Memoirs, and Biographies.
I’ve read as a kid, as a teen, and now as an adult, there’s always a book tucked away in my purse. Reading is more than a hobby, it is what lights me up, after a day of work. I’d rather read than scroll, any day.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.
Bookshops are my happy place. I remember vividly the numerous trips to the bookstores with my dad, waiting eagerly for weeks for the next book in the series to show up in that one bookstore we had in our small town. During the 2020 pandemic, when we had to shelter in place, I missed browsing the aisles of my library and the local bookstores.
Here are a few books that changed my perspective of the world and life. Perhaps they also made me a better human!
- The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
- Things That Matter by Joshua Becker
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying by Bronnie Ware
- Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
- Rework by Jason Fried
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
I’ve always enjoyed writing as a hobby. Recently I’ve taken more interest in writing as I began working with the Documentation team at WordPress. This book is an excellent guide to understanding the craft of good writing with practical tips and examples.
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
by Edith Eger
This book is her memoir and is made of three parts- one part about her trauma, and one part about how her body reacts to the trauma. Lastly how she deals with her patients and through them understands her own emotions and heals herself on the path to helping her patients.
Last updated: Nov 5, 2023