Sanctum Between Pages…

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Some books you read, some books you enjoy, but some books just swallow up your heart and soul.

Reading has not only been my hobby since as long as I can remember, but books have grown to be my very best friends. What’s more amazing than having so many worlds to explore, so many friends to meet, making the impossible, possible? All you need is a good book and some imagination, and you’re off to wherever you want to be at. I develop a relationship, a bond with every book I read and carry words from them that I engrave onto my heart.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was obviously one of the first books to leave an impact on me. Like every other Potterhead Harry’s journey was as much mine as it was his. The importance of friendship, standing up for what is right, facing your fears bravely, hoping even in despair, understanding loss, acceptance and above all, Love are some of the themes in this series that touched me.

 “It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K.Rowling

Enid Blyton was another of my childhood favourites. She was one writer who could make skittles talk and trees walk like it was an everyday affair. Old and wise Big Ears, friendly little Noddy, naughty Amelia Jane, the playroom coming alive at night, sprites, pixies and fairies, enchanted woods have me believing to this day that maybe, perhaps, my bear is actually alive. (I think I saw him winking…) The Family at Red Roofs – a beautiful story about how important it is to stick together in tough times is one of Blyton’s books that I don’t mind reading again.

“I always felt there was a place for me in all the books I read because that’s what fantasy and fiction had taught me. That I could belong anywhere because everything was possible.” –Enid Blyton

Average, awkward, skinny green-eyed Molly Moon was an orphan baby found in a box of Moon’s Marshmallows. This little girl who grew up suffering, taught me that hitting rock bottom is not the end. She chooses to make the best of her situation and the result is simply enchanting.

Molly breathed in the fresh cold night air and grinned at the still, sleeping countryside. Tonight, life was almost too exciting. What had she thought when she’d first found the hypnotism book? That the possibilities were endless? Tonight Molly felt that was certainly true about her life. From the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Life felt completely magical. And once again, Molly thought how happy she was to be ordinary, plain old Molly Moon. Ahead, the road shone like a silver ribbon in the moonlight, all the way home to Happiness House.Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism, Georgia Byng

One of the most popular philosophical books of all times, The Alchemist proved to me that the Universe will help me realize every dream I have if I never give up.  Santiago learns to listen to the Soul of the World, the only thing that really matters.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting ” 
― 
 The  Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a tragic post colonial tale. Okonkwo the protagonist is a very strong character  who’s inability to deal with conflict led to a very harsh downfall. His actions are a fine example of ignoring one’s conscience and letting the ego rule.

“Perhaps down in his heart, Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of the forest, and of the forces of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw. Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these. It was not extrovert, but lay deep within himself. “

-Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Although Pecola Breedlove is the highlight of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, I think Claudia Macteer’s rebellious nature towards the black community’s worshipping of white beauty definitely needs some light. Strong willed Claudia never succumbed to the racial stereotypes and did not try to become one of them to fit in.

“We were lesser. Nicer, brighter, but still lesser…what was the secret? What did we lack? Why was it important? And so what? Guileless and without vanity, we were still in love with ourselves then. We felt comfortable in our skins, enjoyed the news that our senses released to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness.”- Claudia Macteer, The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

Urmi from Shashi Deshpande’s Binding Vine learns that she can mend her pain by helping others cope with theirs and find their strengths. Through her resilience, she overcomes her depression and finds a sense of liberation.

“There can be no vaulting over time. We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing.” The Binding Vine, Shashi Deshpande

 

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times only if one remembers to turn on the light. These books and many more are garlands of gold around my neck (Attia Hosain). I, a reader, a traveller, have reached out to get a glimpse of the characters’ soul in every book, embracing them like they were my own; Finding a bit of myself each time, loving life a little more.

The journey never ends, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s never about the happy ending, but always about the story.

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Samuel S. S says:

    Leha there is no better way to celebrate the World Book Day but to recall the books that ignited you. It was a short journey. Plz let us read more of your impressions……a garland of reflections.

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you! I will keep sharing

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  2. Rashmi says:

    ‘Some books you read, some books you enjoy, but some books just swallow up your heart and soul’. So true, it is. Some books really leave back an imprint on our hearts.
    ‘And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’. I just love this line. If we really want something, take one step ahead, then slowly and slowly all the gates will open to meet us with our goals.
    Lovely post Leha ☺️

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks so much Rashmi! Isn’t it so true.. Everything we need is just right here, all we need to do is believe.. Glad you read my post!

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  3. Where would I be without books? In a sad, lonely world.
    Thank you for sharing what we all feel.

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    1. Leha says:

      It definitely is!! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. I Spread Words says:

    I’m so surprised to find Enid Blyton in this list. I thought I would never find another soul who read her books. So glad to know I was wrong.

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    1. Leha says:

      Glad to have found another fan of Enid Blyton! 🙂 Thanks for reading

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      1. I Spread Words says:

        I wrote in some blog post that you already read, that my first attempt at writing was very similar to one of Enid Blyton books.

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      2. Leha says:

        I remember you told me John Green

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      3. I Spread Words says:

        No, no. I had two people telling me that my style reminds them of John Green’s, which I can’t say I agree with.
        No, what I meant was that my first attempt at writing was with a novel that was very similar to Enid Blyton’s “Five at Finniston Farm”.

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      4. Leha says:

        I need to read John Green now!

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      5. I Spread Words says:

        You should start with Turtles All the Way Down.

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  5. pratikshya2 says:

    The first ever novel I read was “Molly Moon and her incredible book of hypnotism” and I thought no one knew about this book!! 😀 😀 😀 That was in 6th grade I guess, then Enid Blyton ruled my imagination. Famous Five, Nancy Drew were so amazing before Harry Potter. I have read only 3 of the books from the Potter series. 😛
    Now I want to read the rest of them.

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    1. Leha says:

      Wow, I never knew I’d meet someone who read Molly Moon. Isn’t she simply amazing! In sixth grade I was a huge fan of The Malory Towers and St. Clare’s. I also remember strolling (stomping actually) around my school , telling people I’d cast spells on them after reading Harry Potter 😛

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      1. pratikshya2 says:

        😂😂😂

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  6. What a delightful and comforting read, loved it!

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  7. Mahak says:

    Enid Blyton left an everlasting impact on my childhood. Some of the more recent authors that have left an impact on me are Khaled Hosseini, Mohsin Hamid and Amish Tripathi

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    1. Leha says:

      Ah Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner was amazing

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  8. What a comprehensive journal of your favorite books? Loved reading it. I have read some of the books you mentioned, and am going to pur the rest in my TBR

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    1. Leha says:

      That’s great! Hope you like them

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  9. Deepti Menon says:

    What a wonderful post on books that you love, Leha! I remember reading my first book only because my house was filled with books as both my parents were readers. They would buy me books on every occasion, and I am so grateful to them for having given me the gift of reading. I would love to read more of your posts. Thank you!
    #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks so much for your appreciation Deepti. How amazing to fill your house with books..

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      1. Deepti Menon says:

        I know, isn’t it? By the way, I have another blog titled deepties.blogspot.in, which is the one I am using for #MyFriendAlexa, if you are interested. 🙂 Thank you!

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      2. Leha says:

        Thank you, I will stop by:)

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      3. Deepti Menon says:

        Isn’t it, Leha! 🙂 There’s nothing better than always having a collection of unread books around.

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  10. PRB says:

    Loved your post, such a comprehensive one. I’m a fan of JKR too, but you know, for her Strike series 🙂 Loved the way she wrote for adults too.

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    1. Leha says:

      Oh, I haven’t read those yet. Thanks for telling me about it

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  11. So true once we fall in love with books, nothing can beat that love and friendship, it indeed transcends all boundaries, and one is airlifted into a different world altogether. There is immense joy and unbound bliss. Alchemist a small book but has captured the most profound thoughts in such simple words…
    😀

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    1. Leha says:

      Indeed, that’s a book that gives us something new everytime we read it

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      1. I agree Leha, it is there in my shelf and very often I pick up and scan it…

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  12. Manpreet says:

    I love reading too… but to see your reading life and experiences put in these words.. It’s beautiful. One of the best posts i have read today!

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    1. Leha says:

      Am so happy you liked it:)

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