You and your book. Cuddled under the thick duvet. Watching raindrops trickle against the windowpane. Traversing pensive thoughts as the slow hours stroll by.
If you’re a bookworm you’ve got to love the monsoons!
Here are 5 rainy season reads, much loved and strongly recommended by the StyleCracker Team.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Picked by Sana Passricha | Content Writer
“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
Author’s style – It’s best described as poker-esque. In a straightforward tone he unfolds a rather bewildering tale.
Synopsis –Though they’re just best friends, K secretly loves Sumire. One fine day he gets to know that she has mysteriously disappeared.
As K looks for Sumire, you’re left wondering about the ties that bind and the existential search that leads to love.
The Litigators by John Grisham
Picked by Shawna Gomes | Graphic Designer
“More witnesses, Mr. Zinc?” “No”
Author’s Style – A witty page turner with abundant theatrics.
Synopsis – It’s the story of a Chicago based law firm, trying to make it large.
Lose yourself in this legal thriller and dispel the weather-induced drowsiness.
Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar
Picked by Niyoshi Shah | Content Writer
“Let nobody fool you, most couples are conjoined on earth. The mismatches, now they are a different story. They are made in heaven”
Author’s style – His writing is thought-provoking in a way that only writing about everyday life can be.
Synopsis – This book is a poignant imagination of Maharaj Kumar’s Sisphyus-like struggle, as he comes to terms with his wife, Meerabai’s absolute devotion to her beloved, Lord Krishna.
Through Rajput-lore, with its codes of chivalry and strict societal norms, the novel gets you reflecting upon the individual and his fraught relationship with religion, marriage, sex and love.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Picked by Tia Paranjape | Associate Director (Properties)
“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”
Author’s style – His words mull over the endurance of mundane heroes.
Synopsis – It’s a World War II story, where Liesel, a foster child, steals books to get by her meager existence.
At the heart of this tale is futility and harsh amorality that governs our existence. This book will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page (and watched all the puddles dry up).
Alibaba: The Inside Story Behind Jack Ma and the Creation of the World’s Biggest Online Marketplace by Liu Shiying and Martha Avery
Picked by Dhimaan Shah | Co- Founder and Managing Director
“Today is cruel. Tomorrow is crueler. And the day after tomorrow is beautiful.”
Author’s style – Shiying is a journalist and Avery is the translator. They have been condemned by some for a skewed writing style. But if you’re a true nerd, this controversy should only further your itch to read and find out what’s between the pages!
Synopsis – If you gravitate towards non-fiction titles, read about the relentless genius that is Jack Ma and his brainchild, AliBaba.com
Be inspired by this book. Jot down those start-up ideas you were afraid to work on and get started. Make the most of your time, as the downpour forces you to slow down and take account of where you stand and what you should be doing.