Bouquet is a word of French origin. I always adored bouquet having diverse flowers and some shades of purple orchids. Just like the diverse flowers in bouquet, I love to read books of different genres. Sharing my experience of travelling to the World of Books!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The novel is split in a dual narrative, the first being Mariam who is branded as harami, an illegitimate child. Mariam faces many prejudices and blame not only from the family of her father, but also from her own mother. A naïve child who discovers the emptiness in her father’s love and after her mother’s suicide, is forced to marry a man who is 20 years older, her being only 15.
This book will make you squirm, make you cry out in outrage…..
Mariam’s husband Rasheed is an archaic grumpy man – domestic abuse and continual miscarriages make Mariam’s life terrible. Then comes the second narrative- Laila. An innocent young child with a best friend who is a boy. Laila’s family was torn by the war in Afghanistan which left her orphaned and torn from her love. The circumstances force Laila to marry Rasheed. The story of these two wives (Mariam and Laila) will make you gaze in awe at the sheer strength of love in desperate times.
It is a story of hope and of life, the heroism that comes with love and the inevitable strife that comes with living. This book truly moved me.
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
A legal thriller novel which will compel you to turn the next page. A story of a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course.
The jury here has a deemed leader and the strange behavior of the jury will astonish you. It touches upon one of those rare cases where the jury was sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors’ increasingly odd behavior.
The nail biting thriller book is so captivating that you can’t seem to put it down, even when it is 2 am in the morning.
If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
This novel is about a love story that revolves around the complexity of the world. Ivan, an invisible man opens Elizabeth’s eyes to a whole new way of living. Feelings begin to develop between them, which both Ivan and Elizabeth want to pursue but unbeknown to them it is not possible.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is “That’s the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don’t expect them or want them.”
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
This books is all about the scientific thinking about the mysteries of the Universe. The Mystery of Being, the concept of Reality in which there are many Universes, the concept of quarks, deepest questions of modern cosmology and my favorite theory of quantum mechanics which is defined in clear and non-technical language. This book will inform and provoke you like no other.
Books serve many purposes. They can entertain. They can educate. They can comfort us and make us feel less alone by sharing with us characters who we relate to, who have gotten through the situations that we are currently struggling with wisdom to share. And they can take us away when our lives, our emotions and our problems that are a little too overwhelming for us to deal with for the moment.
Cheers – Lubna