The Best Medicine…

I came to know of the 30 day book challenge from my friend Bindu, who posted it in a group on Facebook. To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.

Day 7 – A Book That Makes Me Laugh

English Bites, by Manish Gupta (Review)
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, via Goodreads.

Laughter is the best medicine, or so they say. I have very few books that make me laugh out loud. Two books stand out from the lot.

The first is a comic that is loved by most of my friends; one that I see so often on my timeline on Facebook. Someday soon, I hope that it’s on my bookshelf too. Calvin, the mischievous, outspoken, mostly disobedient six year old, and his mocking tiger Hobbes, alive to him but stuffed to others, have made me laugh every day, because they also come in the newspaper. I don’t think I’ll stop loving the duo and what they do, so here’s to many more laughs in the future.

The second book is one I felt to be an engaging guide to learning the quirks of the English language. Written in a simple manner, the book taught me some things I never knew, like what the acronym DINK stood for, and what amphibology is. The book, non-fiction and informative is a hilarious exploration of the language, filled with wonderful illustrations (starting with the cover design) and examples as well. The book is titled English Bites: My Fullproof English Learning Formula (and the word there is misspelt on purpose!)

It’s apt that “The Book That Makes Me Laugh” part of the challenge comes on Children’s Day, since the first of the two is one that I’ve loved since I was a child. Like I said earlier… books and happiness… yes, they do go hand in hand!

(14th November 2014)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

6 thoughts on “The Best Medicine…”

  1. Yes, you are right. Books are one’s constant companion and one does not grow old to read any book. Liked the simplicity with which so much was conveyed.

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