Have you heard the saying, "If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."?. Well, I believe it is an absolute truth. All you need to kindle your interest is to find the right book. I found mine when I was in secondary school. A book titled "Ponniyin Selvan" written by well-known Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy, was a gift from my father. There is considerable debate about whether it is historical or fictional. Let us keep that political discussion for another time.
When I got that book I was excite, because my father had already set up an expectation (it's a story of Chola Kings from the southern part of India), and this being my first book I wanted to finish it soon. Let me tell you, it's a five-volume book with more than 2000 pages and I finished it in two weeks. That's the power of this book.
My love for reading started with "Ponniyin Selvan" and continues because of many excellent writers. Here I will name a few of my favorite writers, like Amish Tripathi, Paulo Coelho, and Khaled Hosseini, and I will also suggest some books that can be your "Ponniyin Selvan".
- "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
- "Warrior of the Light: A Manual" by Paulo Coelho( Whenever I get an existential crisis, this is my go-to guide)
- "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Harari Yuval Noah(A must-read book by all homo sapiens, I mean literally)
- "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
- "Siva" a trilogy by Amish Tripathi( As the name suggests, its a series of 3 books, namely, "The immortals of Meluha", "The Secret of the Nagas", and "The Oath of the Vayuputras")
- "The Fifth Mountain" by Paulo Coelho
- "Moral, Immoral, Amoral" by Osho
- "And The Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini
My first love — "Ponniyin Selvan" — was adapted into a movie and will be released in theaters by the end of September 2022. I am excited to see if the director was able to bring the magic of the novel to the screen. So, if you haven't read any books so far or don't like to read, go ahead and pick your first book: you may fall in love with for the rest of your life. Happy reading!