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 13 – My Favorite Writer
I recently tried doing a favorite ten authors challenge on Facebook, the key word here being “tried”. To a book lover, asking to pick one author from many he loves is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. I believe that to be true. So this part of the 30 day book challenge was confusing.
If I look at international authors, the author I love the most is Khaled Hosseini. His first two novels, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, are absolutely memorable years after reading them. The Kite Runner is particularly memorable because of that haunting line, “For you, a thousand times over”. Even though he seemed to have mellowed a little in “And the Mountains Echoed”, his third novel, the quality of writing still had remained. I love every book in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but her writing doesn’t have the same quality in “The Casual Vacancy” or her books as Robert Galbraith. So Hosseini trumps Rowling. The one who comes second is an author who has written just one book, but been most successful with that one, in winning hearts. Harper Lee is my second favorite author for her book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
If I look at Indian authors writing in English, there are a few options for me. Anita Nair for her book, “Lessons in Forgetting” which still stays unforgotten, Anita Desai for her book, “Village by the Sea” which is an amazing book that I read and enjoyed as part of my tenth grade syllabus, Arundhati Roy for “The Goddess of Small Things”, Shatrujeet Nath for his thriller, “The Karachi Deception” and Raghu Srinivasan for his book, “The Avatari”… these are some that come to mind soon. Not to forget, the great poet Rabindranath Tagore and his “Gitanjali”, or the novel, “Chhoker Bali”. It’s damn hard to choose.
(20th November 2014)