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As the new year is here, here are some of the books which you can read in January, the first month of 2022. At last, what is January about if not new endeavours, new books on shelves, and new opportunities?
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
This book is a historical romance novel, and interestingly, it was long listed for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction. The story is set in the year 1957, and follows Jean Swinney, a journalist of a local newspaper who investigates the claim of a woman who says her daughter was the result of a virgin birth. The storyline undoubtedly takes the reader by surprise on every page, and so this ought to be the first read of the new year.
Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin
Well, who isn’t a fan of Rumi’s poetry? So, this book is a gift to all Rumi lovers because the book is a beautiful collection of 196 poems by Rumi, which were previously unavailable in English. If you are looking to start your year with some mysticism and poetry, this book is the best fit.
Well, what isJanuary about if not new endeavours, new books on shelves, and new opportunities?Tom Hermans/ Unsplash
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
This book is a memoir where the author portrays a difficult time in her professional and personal life. Moreover, the book portrays a dual nature, wherein Gottlieb shows herself as a therapist and also someone receiving therapy. Honestly, this book is recommended to everyone because it takes one on a ride of self-introspection.
Zen: The Art of Simple Living by Shunmyō Masuno
This book is not the one which you should read in order to finish, but in order learn from it everyday. The book, as a whole, will make you learn how to exhale negative emotions, how to arrange your house simply to clear your thinking, how to plant a single flower and watch it grow, how to worry less about what you cannot control, and so much more. So, this new year, read this book and learn to grow magically!
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As November has started, here are some of the books which you can read. At last, November is known for its coziness and reading, right?
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This is a book written by a Swedish writer, Fredrik Backman. This book is all about a man called Ove, who “points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbour from hell." Well, little did people know that the reason behind this behaviour was an sample amount of sadness and grief. But, one day comes in November, a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox. This incident changes Ove's life for... Read to know whether it changed for good or worse!
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
This book is written in the form of a letter by a young Vietnamese American nicknamed, Little Dog. The letters in this books are written for Little Dog's mother, Hong, who is illiterate. In this book, the author traces the life of his maternal grandmother, Lan; Rose, the author's mother; and, a young white man named, Trevor, with whom Little Dog established a romantic relationship. Interestingly, this book was later adapted into a film by Bing Lu, the director of Oscar-nominated documentary 'Minding The Gap'.
How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino
This book is about a 15-year-old boy named, Junichi Honda, nicknamed Koperu, and his uncle. Koperu, after his father's death, moved to his uncle's house. There, he experiences and observes various events in school life with friends, and learn a lot about life. Towards the end of the book, Koperu writes a decision on his future way of living, and the author leaves a question for the readers which said, “how do you live?" This book is a definitely a good read for those who are into observing.
Falling In Love Again by Ruskin Bond
Well, this book is all about warmth, love, and comfort. Written by one of the brilliant authors, you will find some of the heartwarming love stories written in this book. Not only are the stories about love, but also about heartbreak and other strong emotions as well. So, if you are someone who is looking to read something which can comfort you this November, then this is the right book! P.S.– I believe that Ruskin Bond's books are meant to be read in all seasons.
Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
This book is written by an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, and Holocaust survivor. In this book, the author writes about his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during the World War II. The book primarily intends to to answer the question "How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?" The book is divided into two parts, where part one includes Frankl's analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, and part two talks about his ideas of 'meaning' and his theory called 'logotherapy'.
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As Hinduism is a unique religion, it must be understood in an efficient manner. Therefore, in order to understand the practices and concepts related to the religion, read the below mentioned books written by renowned authors.
Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices by Jeaneane Fowler
To start with knowing and understanding Hinduism, this is one of the basic books. In this book, the author views Hinduism as a way of life and a major Indian phenomena, and most importantly, all the beliefs and practices which are associated with this religion. All-in-all, this book is an eye-opener, and throws light on a lot of concepts and myths related to Hinduism.
An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin Flood
This book throws light on the historical and thematic introduction related to Hinduism. At the same time, this book traces the development of the religion from the ancient origin to its modern structure. One of the specialty of this book is that it lays stress on rituals and southern influence on Hinduism.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism by Linda Johnsen, Jody P. Schaeffer, and David Frawley
Considered as one of the ideal books on Hinduism, it offers an outstanding introduction and overview of the religion. Not only this, but this book also explains various practices and beliefs related to Hinduism, and also includes tales from history and literature to interest the reader more. All-in-all, this book tells about Hinduism in a very candid manner.
The Hindu Mind by Bansi Pandit
This book is written by keeping in mind the history of Hinduism. Not only this, but this book also talks about the fundamentals of Hindu religion, philosophy related to it, and beliefs and practices related to the religion. Clearly, this book is written in a very systematic manner, keeping in mind all the aspects of Hinduism.
Am I a Hindu? by Ed Vishwanathan
Interestingly, this whole book is written in the form of dialogues. In this book, the conversation is happening between father and son, and the father answers his son's every question which is related to Hinduism only. This book is written in a very simple manner as the reader can easily read the question and then its answer, and easily understand about Hinduism.
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