“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” ~ Dr. Seuss
It has been raining heavily the last few weeks, causing massive traffic jams. But as far as you aren’t stuck in one of them, and sitting on a swing like above with a book in hand, the weather is immensely enjoyable.
A quick round-up of the 4 best books I read till now in 2017, and would recommend to you.
Black Water Lilies, Michel Bussi
Translated from French, this novel is perhaps the best book I have read this year. The plot revolves around 2 murders in Giverny, France where the great painter Claude Monet lived his last 20 years or so of his life and painted just water lilies. An old lady in her eighties is the protagonist and relates the story from her viewpoint. Unfortunately I can’t reveal more since it would then give away the suspense. I will just say that the twist is that it is more of a love story than a crime story.
Behind Closed Doors, B A Paris
This psychological thriller is very disturbing. I am not sure what scared me so much – the way it was written or the story itself. A very handsome successful lawyer marries a woman with an invalid sister, but there is a something extremely wrong with this guy, starting with the house in which they stay. Everything looks great in their marriage to everyone, but there is a horrible secret. I have decided to not pick up such scary books – one like this is enough for a year!
Get Strong, Al Kavadlo and Danny Kavadlo
I have always been a fan of body-weight exercises, right from school days. All you need is some space and your body! No equipment, no mirrors, no hassle of going anywhere. In this book, the famous Kavadlo brothers take us through a plan of these exercises to become stronger. These can be done by anyone – old or young, male or female. But as the levels increase, the exercises become difficult – a good example is the human flag, which I doubt I will ever be able to do. 🙂
More than a Life, Arundhathi Subramaniam
This book is a biographical account of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s life. I keep coming across multiple videos and articles by this mystic, so decided to read his biography. I had expected the usual story of enlightenment, but there is a completely different angle to it, which makes the book absolutely riveting. The primary mission of Vasudev’s life (since the last few births) wasn’t to guide the people through his Isha Yoga programs, but the establishment of the Dhyanalinga (a Shiva temple) in his Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. The book focuses on how and why he establishes this temple. He says that the temple has immense energy concentrated in it and will help everyone who visits the place in their path towards enlightenment.