Reading has its own advantages, besides serving the purpose of a mere tool for passing time. They say “Books are a man’s best friend…” But most of us do not like to spend our free time by reading books. Very few people have the habit of reading books in their leisure time. Habits, such as reading must be instilled among children at a young age itself. As a voracious reader myself, I would like to suggest few must read books for all the modern women today.
- “A good woman” by ‘Danielle Steel’
It is a story of a young girl Anna, who has to face different hardships at a very young age, after she loses her family in the infamous sinking of the Titanic. The way she handles herself and directs her life towards serving poor people is definitely remarkable. Anna inspires every woman to be strong, independent and elegant. The hardships that Anna faces and the way she carries herself in those circumstances definitely gives inspiration to every woman.
- “A little princess” by ‘Frances Burnett’
The protagonist Sara Crewe is a seven year old girl living with her rich father in the posh London of olden times. Everything just seems perfect in her life except that she always misses her long lost mother. She was happy with her father. But all of a sudden, one day she loses her father too. And then, her life, which was a fairy-tale, soon turns out to be a huge tragedy. The story gradually narrates all the difficult situations that Sara faces at such a young age, how she understands the value of life and finally, how she rediscovers herself.
- “Parineeta” by ‘Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya’
This novel was originally written in Bengali and is based on the Renaissance movement that took place in India in the 20th century. It is a story of a young woman Lalita, who is forced to make a choice between the love of her life and her family. The story perfectly describes the dilemma which almost every woman has to face at least once in her lifetime. The way Lalita deals with the situation and the sacrifices that circumstances force her to make are very much remarkable. Every woman can relate to the perception and mind set of Lalita.
- “The Dark Room” by ‘R.K.Narayan’
Where is a woman supposed to go when her own family refuses to give her the least bit of respect that she demands? This is the touching story of Savitri, who is a submissive housewife, married to Ramani. They live in the town of Malgudi with their three young children. Whenever Savitri is unable to bear her husband’s behaviour, she spends her time in a dark room present in their home. When she learns of her husband’s affair with another woman and he refuses to pay heed, she leaves her home. The decision proves to be difficult for her because eventually she returns home, only for the sake of her children. Every woman has one and only weakness, and Savitri has to live with the burden of an uncaring husband only because of her kids. Why women are only expected to make all sacrifices?
- “Wise and Otherwise” by ‘Sudha Murthy’
It is a beautiful compilation of the small and big incidences that occurred in the author’s life. She explains the significance of every event as well as the lessons that she learnt from them. As a woman, as a wife, and above all, as a human being, she presents the situations really well, without being sarcastic or dramatic. Each one of us can find a connection with at least one of the events. All these books take us through a beautiful journey with our own insight and consciousness.
About the Author: This article is contributed by Neha Thakur, our Intern.