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5 Books That Can Change The Way You Look At Life
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5 Books That Can Change The Way You Look At Life

Any book you read can make you re-think your life’s ideologies. It can change the way you think, It changes the way you feel about a lot of things. As insignificant as a place or as significant as your relationships.
 
I often talk about books with my friends, and Its amazing how the same book affects different people in different ways.
 
And so, I decided to talk about some of the inspirational books that have made me rethink about life.

Life of Pi (by Yann Martel)

 

 

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I read this book with utter disbelief and most with my heart in my mouth. It had a lot to do with the fact that I fear water and the story of this book was straight out of my nightmare.
A boy stuck in a lifeboat all alone in the middle of a vast ocean and to make it worse add a tiger to the mix, please!

The way Pi survives the ordeal.
At first, disbelieving and thinking that it will be over soon and then,
accepting the fact and taking control of life around him as best as he could, while sometimes getting frustrated and losing the will to live.

We may think Pi to be heroic, but at the end, he is human. In hindsight, I figured, all our lives are like that too. We are on our lifeboats alone in this world. We ride some waves, some rock our boats while we survive the rest until one big wave topples the ship over.

This book made me rethink about the human psyche and an insurmountable will, that can take on anything.

 

The diary of a young girl (by Anne Frank)

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I read this book with utter disbelief and most with my heart in my mouth. It had a lot to do with the fact that I fear water and the story of this book was straight out of my nightmare.
A boy stuck in a lifeboat all alone in the middle of a vast ocean and to make it worse add a tiger to the mix, please!
 
The way Pi survives the ordeal.
At first, disbelieving and thinking that it will be over soon and then,
accepting the fact and taking control of life around him as best as he could, while sometimes getting frustrated and losing the will to live.
 
We may think Pi to be heroic, but at the end, he is human. In hindsight, I figured, all our lives are like that too. We are on our lifeboats alone in this world. We ride some waves, some rock our boats while we survive the rest until one big wave topples the ship over.
 
This book made me rethink about the human psyche and an insurmountable will, that can take on anything.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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This is another book that sets in the backdrop of WWII. And like many books, as I have read on the subject, this one stands out because of its story.

While most books deal with the history and the atrocities that started with an isolation and concentration camps, this book talks about the girl who is on a deadly mission of overthrowing the Nazi regime by keeping the undercover mission alive. And in total contrast is her sister who would do anything but stay quiet until the wolf was right at her door.

The contrasting personalities of these two sisters form a backdrop and how they do what needs to be done, in their way, both showing a different way of courage.

This book will compel you a lot to think about yourself as a person and what you would do if you have stuck in that catch 22 situations.

 

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

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This book is as simple as it is profound. The author lists out 12 things in life that we must either say, accept or make peace with to lead a fulfilling life. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, and yet it is. At many places in the book, you may feel like she is discussing your life. Real life scenarios that we have all sometimes faced as a child, adolescent, as a friend, a parent or a spouse.
 
The smallest of things that we say matter, the tiniest of gestures matter and she tells you that in her trademark dangerous, funny, sarcastic kind of way. There is no way you will not do a double take on your ideas in life.

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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This book should be a must-read on everyone’s list for satire DONE RIGHT.
Inspired and shaped by the Spanish Civil war, George Orwell wrote this book about the brutality of dictatorship, often hidden under the cloak of socialism and democracy.
 
He weaves an incredible story with pigs, horses, dogs, puppies, sheep, and a lot of others, each of whom maintains their distinct character throughout the book.
 
My favourite is Benjamin the donkey, who continually keeps saying, “Life will go on as it has always gone on – that is badly”, summing up the condition of the public under a totalitarian rule.
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