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Post Quarantine Book Haul

Updated on July 2, 2020
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I hope everyone is staying healthy and happy! This is such an uncertain & crazy time and one of my preferred ways of coping with this is reading books. As soon as the lock down was over, I ordered a few books. I'm not gonna lie, this stack could be bigger, but I was able to restrain myself and have some self control.

The books in this haul range from classics to contemporary fiction, thriller, and spiritual books. I’m sharing the details of each book of my post quarantine book haul below:

1. The Guide by R.K. Narayan

The Guide is a famous novel by the Indian author R. K. Narayan on which the famous Bollywood movie ‘Guide’ was based. Like most of his works, the novel is based on Malgudi, the fictional town in South India. The novel describes the transformation of the protagonist, Raju, from a corrupt tour guide to a spiritual guide and then one of the greatest holy men of India. The novel is a much acclaimed one and was awarded with the 1960 Sahitya Akademi Award for English, by the Sahitya Akademi.

2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is a classic book by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s set in the days of sailing ships and pirates. It narrates the adventures of a boy, Jim Hawkins who has a treasure map and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. This is an iconic novel and I am sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.

3. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino is his most acclaimed work so far. The novel won him numerous awards, including the 134th Naoki Prize, which is a highly regarded award in Japan. The blockbuster Bollywood film Drishyam is said to be inspired by this book. Since I love thrillers, I am eagerly looking forward to this one.

4. The best stories and tales of Leo Tolstoy

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, is regarded by many as one of the greatest novelists of all time. His novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina are masterpieces in the genre of Realist fiction. The book is a compilation of some highly acclaimed short stories by Leo Tolstoy.

You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you.

— Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

5. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi is one of the world's most acclaimed spiritual classics. The book is a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga. It is one of the most well-known works on yoga and meditation, and provides a detailed look into Indian spirituality. I have been wanting to read this book since long and I am sure reading the book is going to be a profound experience.

6. Quick Reference Biographies Omnibus – Great Business Personalities of India

Quick Reference Biographies Omnibus – Great Business Personalities of India is a collection of biographies of some of the India's great business personalities.

7. Alice’s adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction. It tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. This delightful novel is pure magic for young and old alike. I have listened to the audio book but I wanted a physical copy too for my collection.

8. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist is a famous classic by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Oliver Twist, a poor orphan who is cruelly treated in the public workhouse. Penniless and hungry, he runs away to London and falls into the clutches of a criminal. Befriended by a man robbed by the gang, Oliver ultimately learns his true identity and gains a home, a fortune, and a family.

My grandfather says that's what books are for," Ashoke said, using the opportunity to open the volume in his hands. "To travel without moving an inch.

— Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

9. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake follows the life of Gogol Ganguli, starting from when his parents immigrate from Calcutta to USA in late 1960s. The book has also been adapted into a movie starring Irrfan Khan & Tabu.

10. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby is the third novel by famous novelist Charles Dickens . The story centres on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies.

Post Quarantine Book Haul

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia


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      12 months ago

      he novel describes the transformation of the protagonist, Raju, from a corrupt tour guide to a spiritual guide and then one of the greatest holy men of India. The novel is a much acclaimed one and was awarded with the 1960 Sahitya Akademi Award for English, by the Sahitya Akademi.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      My pleasure, Dora.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      @Manatita Your vast knowledge and spiritual wisdom never ceases to amaze me. I hope someday I would be as well versed in spiritual books & scriptures as you are!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      My pleasure, Eric.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Lorna. Though my office has reopened and I am going to work but still there's plenty of time on hand as there's absolutely no social life.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      You're welcome, Bill. I hope you and your family are fine!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      @Ann Jane Austen is one of my favorites. I am currently reading her 'Sense and Sensibility'.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      There are more books on your list that I haven't read than those I have. They all sound interesting. Thanks for compiling them.

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      12 months ago from london

      A great collection!

      I read quite a few of these as a child growing up. Autobiography of A Yogi is an international bestseller. It is a very advanced book. I came to the Path in September 1982, by reading Donald Walters, The Path: Autobiography of a Western Yogi. I believe it is now called The New Path.

      He was one of Yogananda's foremost Disciple, the one who wrote Autobiography of a Yogi. The Path is easier for transition of the Christian mentality, to a more holistic one, as Swami Kriyananda (Donald Walters) made frequent use of the Bible. A bit like The Sermon on The Mount, According to Vedanta.

      I love seeing you in person. My friends tell me that when they see me reading my poetry, it is much more relatable. So it's great to see you as it feels the same.

      On a side note, perhaps you may wish to read my Magnum Opus. It is about 13 U.S dollars and it's called My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings. Available on Amazon. Jai Ram!

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool list. And your story line moves so well. Thank you for a good read about good reading.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      12 months ago

      I really couldn't think of a better way to pass the time Shaloo. I have read quite a few of the books on your list, however, I have a habit of re-reading books and getting a totally different perspective. A wonderful and varied list which will certainly keep you enthralled.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've read half of those. It's a wonderful list, and this is certainly a good time to while away the hours lost in excellent writing. Thank you for sharing, my friend. Stay safe!

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      It's great to have a pile of good books to while away all this extra time many of us have. I have an antique copy of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' which I liked as a child, as did my daughter.

      I like many of the stories of Charles Dickens but find his descriptive passages rather long to wade through!

      The author I most enjoy for observation of mankind and a certain type of wit, is Jane Austen. As for more modern writers, I like Ian Banks (The Crow Road) and Philip Pullman (The Northern Lights trilogy).

      You have a diverse and eclectic list here, to suit many people's taste, giving us a good choice with which to start.



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