The weekend is not exactly a good time to write and read blogs for me with Dhruv at home. Now that his time in school has extended and he comes back home at 4 pm, weekend is the only time left to listen to his chattering and stories and to play with him (I do not want to miss any of that). I am not going to talk about the chores here.
Now keeping in mind that my previous post about our 7 favourite picture book authors didn’t do well, I was aiming to write something of interest to the readers for Day 5 but my creative juices seem to have been suffering a drought. As it always happens, when things get tricky I turn to books. So, here is a list of 7 books which are responsible for making me who I am, in this phase of life –
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff by Richard Carlson
This was the first of the books which injected sense into my life. It became the sacred scripture of my life teaching me to have a clear understanding of what is small stuff and what is not. I also gathered the nerves of saying No to people when I didn’t want to do a particular task of their liking or to follow their supposedly right way of thinking.
2. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
This book put me in touch with my spirituality. The most important learning for me from this book was to follow my heart and take responsibility for the outcomes without the need to blame anyone else for my failures.
3. Open by Andre Agassi
I have never been into sports or reading about sports persons. Yet, this book found its way to me and I am glad it did. It gave me a gem of a quote – ‘Control what is in your control’ to follow for the rest of my life. Letting go of the uncontrollable needs a life-long practice, though.
4. Letters to Sam by Daniel Gottlieb
As Indians, we care the least about safety. If someone is vigilant about the safety aspects, he or she might be called names for being timid. This book heightened the awareness levels in me about adhering to safety practices, especially when it comes to vehicular safety.
5. Zahir by Paulo Coelho
If books can talk, then this one talked the loudest to me. Actually, screamed. It implored me to begin writing, the thing I wanted to do most over a long period of time. It pushed me with “If not now then when’. And I did listen. I began writing after a year and have not stopped till date.
6. Visa, stickers and other matters of the soul by Lom Harshini Chauhan
Do you know the pain and joy of being different & lost, not being able to word it down to explain it to others the what, how and why of who you are and suddenly a book reaches into your hands, you open it and you are there in the first two pages with the words and lines speaking exactly for you and about you?
This section, where I found the me in me, was ‘About the author’ where she described who she is and what are her beliefs. I sent a message to the author thanking her for articulating the existence of beings similar and identical to her. So here it is. Want to know me completely, read this section of this book.
7. Children books
Adult lives can be highly complex and laden with struggles. Nothing might seem straight or hopeful. Children’s books are the perfect antidote to this situation, The colourful world of picture books illustrations, the simplicity and the happy tone of the stories keep the hopes for goodness alive. This is what happened to me.
Linking this post to Day 5 of second edition of Bar-A-Thon on the theme ‘Seven’
Here are my other posts for Bar-A-Thon 2017