Written in response to the question: What are 5 fiction books that you would highly recommend?
Such an onerous task you put forth us, all the readers, who will ever attempt this question, and now I’ll keep on contemplating, even after having written it, about which 5 books would make this a list one that’d help the readers, after having read all of them, perceive the world in a better way:
1) ‘A Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry
Written in a compelling fashion and in a language whose structure bears resemblance to those of books written by ‘Charles Dickens’ and ‘R.K Narayan’, this book gives a glimpse into what India was like when the state of emergency was imposed, when the freedom was curbed, when the people found their identities in crisis, and above all what if felt like to be ‘Humans and Alive’ at such times.
2) ‘The Narrow Road Down The Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan.
This will make you think about many things you consider morally corrupt, and will make you think about the things you do not. It will shatter your heart when the narrative reaches the POW camps. 12 years into the writing, this book will make you fall in love with words and the tone in which this has been written. Besides, it has one of the most beautiful and meaningful opening lines. Oh, it is definitely worth multiple reads.
3) ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Oh, you must read this to understand that books as small as this can have a profound effect on the readers, that you don’t always have to sermonise to teach, and that life is beautiful and meaningful just the way it is.
4) ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde.
Read this to get challenged, to get your believes shattered, to meet the most influential (brain washing) characters of all time, to meet one of the most clever and witty author of all the times, and to meet my favorite humorist and satirist.
5) ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus
‘Absurdism’ at its best.
I have so many more, equally brilliant… But reading teaches you to be patient, and so shall I wait, for yet another question that might demand my 50 favorite books.