Magic

Norwegian wood“, said the man with a grizzled beard and thick eye-glasses as he ran his hand across the polished surface of the dining table lovingly. “It’s a bit worn and some of the woodwork seems to have lost its original luster, but it’s been in my family for ages. I hate to part with it…but such are the times. Between you and me young lady, I’ve always felt there was a bit of magic in this wood…”

She didn’t really believe in things magical and mystical but she was drawn to the sincerity in the mans voice and without really thinking about it, it found its way into her home.

That was over five decades ago. Over time, that table had grown into a favourite destination in her home. It was where family and friends sat down to enjoy hearty meals together. It was where silent tears had fallen and hours had been spent laughing. It was where counsel was given, comfort received and prayers whispered.

Perhaps that old man had been right. Perhaps the table was magic. For it was around that table that she had been made privy to the secret of a happy life – Eat, Pray, Love.

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The books:
-Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
-Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda and it got featured this week!

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My favourite reads…

One of my favourite things in the world is to sit relaxed with a book in my hand lost in a world that the author has managed to pull me into…

So, diving in to my list of favourites now:

1. Roots by Alex Haley

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Intrigued by the stories his grandmother used to tell him, Haley set out on a journey to trace his roots back to the African boy who was taken from his homeland as a teenager to be sold as a slave in America. He traces his ancestry from that one man, Kunta Kinte, all the way down to himself….spanning generations, the book is a masterpiece. It is a beautiful and moving story of suffering and importantly of how the human spirit cannot be broken. Roots is one of my very favourite books ever.

2. The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy M. Montgomery

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“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”

The books are full of great lines like that. 🙂 I read the first book in the series when I was about as old as Anne in the story. It’s the tale of an orphan girl who is adopted by a pair of siblings and who is pure and always getting into trouble and a “kindred spirit”. There are eight books in the series and they tell her life story…from her days at school to her life as a principal, wife and finally a mother. I have read and re-read all the books so many times, I’ve lost count! They’ve made me laugh and cry and hold my breath in anticipation….I thoroughly enjoyed the magic Montgomery wove into Anne’s story.

3.  Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you.”

What beautiful lines to tell yourself when you’re at a low point in your life. Repeating them like a mantra could help you pick yourself up and face life again. This is a story of healing and I loved reading about Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to a happier place. Gilbert’s story takes you from Italy to India and finally to Indonesia with each stop adding something vital to her existence and helping her find the happiness that had been so elusive before. The great part of the book is that you will find that you have grown as a person as you turn its pages. It truly is a must-have in your book-case.

4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Okay…so I know this sounds like a rather clichéd title to make my list…but, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. I love reading the books…(I’ve read each of them so many times I’m embarrassed to share the number) I love being so familiar with the stories that I can skip pages I don’t want to read and move to parts of the book I really enjoy reading. They are my go-to books when I want to do a little light reading 🙂

5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Genius! That is what Tolkien was. To think of such an elaborate storyline and to come up with a whole new language and such complex characters…I was beyond just plain amazed when I read the books and I don’t really know how to describe the books except maybe to say they were unbelievably fantastic.

6.  The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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“They were things for which it was impossible to prepare but which one spent a lifetime looking back at, trying to accept, interpret, comprehend. Things that should never have happened, that seemed out of place and wrong, these were what prevailed, what endured, in the end.” 

Not everyone can write lines as wonderfully as Lahiri does. What a book the Namesake is! I read this book for the first time fairly recently and it stole my heart…I fell in love with the characters and the story and I’m so very glad that I read it instead of watching the movie.  It’s become one of my favourite books and I think I’ll probably read it again some time soon!

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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“For you… thousand times over…”

I don’t know anybody who has read this book and not loved it. In my opinion, this is Hosseini’s best work. It is such a beautiful story about love and relationships…If you haven’t read it already, please do yourself the biggest favour ever and read it! I don’t even want to say any more…just go out and read it!

So, there was my list of favourite books…do any of them feature on your list of favourites? Let me know please!

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I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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