Guwahati: Feeling lonely and dejected amid the long period of coronavirus-induced lockdown? Worry not, for you always have the option of enjoying a good book while sipping a cup of steaming hot coffee or tea (as per your taste in beverages).
Here are 7 books that The Sentinel Digital recommends that you should read during this period to feel less lonely and more alive:
7) The Love and Lies of Rukshana Ali by Sabina Khan
Rukshana comes from a purely conservative Muslim family. From her loud screams to crop tops, she has so many secrets to conceal. And the biggest of them is Ariana, her girlfriend.
But one day, her family catches her kissing Ariana. Her life unfolds differently thereafter.
But soon Rukshana realises that she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do it without losing everything and everyone in her life?
6) Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
A scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who speaks to them; a geologist working to end futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a mother struggling to free her revolutionary son; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle who transforms first into a boat and then a woman; and the ghost of an evaporated ocean as restless as the continents. What binds all their stories?
This book is going to offer you a relatable reading experience. Believe me; the book has something for all of you.
5) Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul by Taran N. Khan
A woman walks Kabul.
And she bonds with the city.
When a journalist first arrives in the city, she gets a completely different picture from what was presented in the world media. But eventually, her foot trails unearth to her, a familiar city beneath her feet.
Ready to join her on a walk?
4) A Burning by Megha Majumdar
You are crossing a railway line. Not far from you, a blast happens. The very next moment, you turn out to be a terrorist and the mastermind of the blast?
The debut novel by Megha Majumdar revolving around three lives Jivan, the PT sir and Lovely and how one random incident changes each of their lives drastically. For sure, this book is going to keep you gripped till the end!
3) Normal People by Sally Rooney
One evening, Connell comes to pick up her mother who is working as a household in his schoolmate Marianne's house. That's when both of them notice each other. Their friendship blooms and blossoms into love.
'Oh, just another love story.' Is that what you thought?
If yes, then you are wrong.
They love, they break, they love, they break. But something keeps them close every time. They converge and diverge at different junctions of life.
But what do they eventually have in store for their personal lives?
2) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A fireman usually douses a fire. But the protagonist of this novel, Guy Montag, a fireman starts fires. And what does he burn? Books. In his fast driven world, people were either glued to their television sets or their ears stuck with a set of earphones.
When Montag meets a young girl, Clarisse and listens to her, lightning of change flashes upon him.
The story then marches ahead along with the new perspectives of Montag.
Curious to meet the transformed Montag? Grab your copy right now.
1) The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
"If you cannot speak the truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?"
For readers who have finished reading Wolf Hall and Bring up the bodies and are waiting for the final years of Thomas Cromwell, this book needs no introduction. Hilary in this trilogy traces the rise of Cromwell, a boy without a royal backup who rises to power. Entire England lies under his feet at one point in the novel. But his enemies are gathering at the shadows.
How long will Cromwell be able to survive their attacks? You will have to read to find out!