Read these books to lead an extraordinary life - Part 2


Neha Somani

Organizational & Counselling Psychologist

In the previous article of this series (Part 1), we spoke about two books that were autobiographical accounts of two wonderful people. What made them stand apart in the course of their lives was how they turned challenges into triumphs and troubles into gems of wisdom.

Here are a couple of more books we can add to our TBR list (To be read list):

3. Tuesdays With Morrie

This is one engaging read and so amazingly and passionately narrated that we need a box of tissues next to us. This book is a phase from the author’s life who is a prominent and extremely busy sports journalist. While he’s very successful professionally, at a personal level he is in search of inner peace. The ever-busy Mitch forgot about his sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, who was fighting a motor neuron disease. This novel unveils how Mitch and Morrie meet and connect again and how Mitch spends time with his teacher every Tuesday (hence the title of the book). Their conversations and connection brings new perspectives and dimensions to Mitch's life. As readers we too can draw parallels and derive some insights from the book.

4. Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

This is another good read which steals our heart with all its simplicity. Each of us is intrigued about the lives of people who are successful. We all want to know their secrets. What made them different? Were they early risers? Were they great at time management? Were they social or lead secluded lives? This book boasts of amazing daily routines/rituals of 162 scientists, artists and writers like Marukami, Sylvia Path, Mark Twain, Mozart, Carl Jung, Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein etc. Interestingly the writers worked in small chunks of hours while scientists put longer hours at work.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is Afghan writer Khaled Hosseini's debut novel. Set in Afghanistan undergoing destruction by Taliban, the novel oscillates between present day and the rummaging crevices of a dark haunting past. It is a soul-stirring and gut-wrenching tale about true friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, and Hassan, the son of their servant. An unfortunate incident that takes place during a kite flying festival changes their friendship. The novel takes the reader on an emotional journey: family, love, friendship, betrayal, the pangs of guilt and most importantly, the power of redemption. This international bestseller is now a feature film.

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