Books can illuminate us, inspire our lives or can at least help us spend some quality time. It is therefore very important to read some of the most inspiring and thought provoking works from the best of the authors around the world. Some of the women centric books which are appreciated in the reader clubs are:
1.A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini: The story of this bestselling book from the author revolves around two women who showed compassion and kindness in an oppressive environment and comes out bravely against all the odds of emotional and physical brutality.
2.A Princess Remembers, Memoirs of Maharani of Jaipur- Gayatri Devi: This autobiographical book from the Maharani of Jaipur displays her strong character. This book clearly shows that despite being a princess herself, the lady had to undergo unfamiliar customs. The book inspires us as it depicts the extraordinary life lived by this fascinating woman well beyond her traditional limitations.
3.The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank: This book is based on the story of a Jewish girl who despite being constantly hit by the cruelties of hunger, death and boredom came out courageously. This book is a self-portrait of a high spirited woman penning down her intense experiences of life.
4.Eat, Pray, Love- Elizabeth Gilbert: This book is a memoir of the author and her discoveries while she travels around the world. The book defines the true aspect of woman independence, spiritual enlightenment, patience and her hard work in understanding the virtues of life.
5.Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen: This romantic masterpiece is a book that should be read by women of all age groups. It discusses problems that are relevant in our society even today and the portrayal of a strong female character makes it a classic and a must read British drama.
6.The Story of My Life- Helen Keller: This book is based on the journey of an extraordinary woman whose triumph over deafness and blindness inspires everyone. The unforgettable tale of the author is a token of hope and aspiration for many which makes it a must read.
7.I am Malala- Malala Yousafzai: This remarkable book is a true story of a girl who fought for the education of a girl child in the remote areas of Taliban. The girl became a symbol of peaceful protest against the wrongdoing and inspires the world to voice an opinion against the sins.
8.Palace of Illusions- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The novel is one of the bestselling books of all times. It is basically a new interpretation of the epic Hindu story of Mahabharata through Draupadi’s point of view, wife of the five epic heroes, Pandavas. This book portrays the strong and powerful character of a woman who fights for her self-respect and dignity against all odds.
9.Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother- Amy Chua: This book is an awe-inspiring and hilarious tale of a mother exercising extreme parenting on her children. It reveals some of the appalling ways of Chinese parenting which are considered undignified in Western culture but generate remarkable results in arming the children with strong will and confidence to face the world.
10.I am Pregnant not Terminally Ill, You Idiot- Lalita Iyer: This book is not one of those “yawn-inspiring” pregnancy tales which talks about the medical terminologies rather it narrates the real raw experiences of pregnant women in a playful manner. The hilarious writing by the author and the humorous ways of explaining situations makes it a must read for every woman with a funny bone.