“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.” reads the lines from The Alchemist. The book whose English edition was first published in 1993, was surprisingly the most popular pick in 2021 to Penguin India’s poll on Instagram, “What is the best book you read this year?”
I believe in coincidences or omens as they are referred to in The Alchemist; not recognisable in the passing, but looking back, the dots always seems to connect paving the most enriching path from the present onto the future.
Out of sheer curiosity, I spent an entire Sunday afternoon compiling the seven hundred plus responses to that question on Instagram to see which are the books people found interesting. The top ten picks were all works of fiction/philosophy and from the list, I have read only The Alchemist and that too several years back; still have the book and do enjoy re-reading it. I have seen the other book covers on display at the bookstores, but have never been tempted to pick them up; my current affinity has been towards non-fiction and philosophy.
So what were the top ten picks in my compilation…they are as follow 👇
It is worth mentioning the next ten too; and that list also has only one book that I have read📖. It was The God of Small Things and that too ages ago. It was a borrowed book; I do not own a copy of the 1997 Booker prize winner.
It’s already past mid of Feb and reading list compilation of the previous year happens in Jan itself. I never planned on making such a list📚. But now am motivated to do so. Here it is👇
It’s difficult to believe that I managed to read fourteen books; three were about Hampi; you have to read a bit before visiting the historic monuments. And now looking forward to the company of books this year too !!
Till next post, take care !!!