5 Books To Gift Your Loved Ones In Their 20s This New Yearby Harshada Vispute December 31, 2015
“What you want to do in life? Are these colours and paint brushes gonna earn you money… better go for MBA/Engineering. They earn hefty packages!” Before you figure out what you really want to do, you are forced to follow the mob. You end up in a new college, new environment, new people, struggling with something you don’t want to do at first place. Well, there is some excitement too, secret crushes?!! 😉 Unfortunately we fall for the wrong ones, thus followed by heartbreaks, and then you are stuck! When your heart is already in pieces, you are expected to concentrate on studies, rattofy piles of boring tomes, score well and find a high paying job! Once you find a job, these words are sure to fall on your ears, “We are registering your name on the matrimony site? It’s time you get married. Yesterday your Masi has sent a photo. Have a look.” Then you scream at the top of your voice (in your head, of course!) – why can’t people just leave me alone! Who are they to tell me what to do and what not to do? Let ME figure out what I want to do with my life…
Have I just read your mind? You are not alone; this is the story of every person in his/her twenties. When life is topsy turvy you need an empathetic and trustworthy guide, who can ease your worries and tensions, and what can be better than books!
If you or any of your book nerd friends or loved ones is turning 20 this New Year, grab any of these below listed books and gift it! Help them go through this important phase of life effortlessly:
1. The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri
“Pack a pillow and blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it.”
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This beautifully narrated novel is a page turner, I bet, it will make you insomniac! It describes the clashes between generations poignantly, so it is must read for every person in 20s! The Namesake is the story of Gogol Ganguli aka Nikhil, his transition and efforts to assimilate and accept the new world. However, from his viewpoint, it is a rocky path that takes him towards adulthood which is flanked by the culture, place and time. This story has not only won the hearts of book nerds but also of movie buffs! This Pulitzer Prize-winning debut by Jhumpa Lahiri is now a motion picture and is sure to win your heart too.
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
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During our twenties, we always seek for a sense of purpose in our life. We don’t know what career we should opt for, and often don’t feel much excited about things our parents want us to do. We are so scared out of wits to voice our opinions and feelings that we end up doing what others want us to do. If this is your story too, grab The Bell Jar . It will encourage you to speak your mind.
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
This charismatic book, Wuthering Heights is sure to leave an enduring impression on your heart with its poignant tale of love and heartbreak. The story revolves around ardent, yet destructive love between beautiful and obstinate Catherine Earnshaw and the tall, dark, handsome, ominous devil/hero, Healthcliff. To add more, this classic tale will definitely mesmerize you with its brilliant colours and hand-painted artwork!
4. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
“Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
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The works by Murakami often revolve around a familiar theme – Isolation. Sputnik Sweetheart follows this theme too; it talks about the sense of loss people generally feel when they discover that their love is short-lived and the joy they experience today in the company of someone special will soon fade away, never to come back. This loneliness effortlessly breaks your spirit to make the feeling worse like an empty shell. This internationally bestselling novel is must read for people in 20s going through a similar phase in life, for it has a right blend of mystery, spirituality and romance in one cauldron.
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Gracia Marcquez
“One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship”
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Marcquez, in this wildly passionate book brings mythical characters to life that lives in Macondo. It is a town where mystical, magical and unreal things happen every other day. Though these characters and places seem unreal, they remind us of basic human truths of our real lives that we experience every day. It is a book in which a lot of things happen, that are sure to move you. Your blood boils from its complexity and stubbornness, tears flow from its love and compassion, your stomach aches from its humour, your eyes pop out by its intellect and prophecy! One Hundred Years of Solitude will inspire you to discover yourself, love more deeply, dream bigger and connect to your family.
So, gear up for the new challenges and new lessons with high spirits this New Year by gifting yourself or your loved ones these books! Keep rocking!