Quarantine has resulted in giving us so much time that Netflix has been exhausted of content, every game has been tried and tested and almost everyone’s a sous chef. So to help you do some more productive and exciting activities.
1. Jane Austen
Jane Austen is the author of well-known works like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, etc. She uses humor, irony, and her writing depicts the world in a way that it is, truly. Her novels have been an inspiration to many movies of the same name as the books. Whether you’ve watched them or not, her books should definitely have your eyes on them!
2. Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is an American author born to Indian Immigrant Parents, from West Bengal. She made her debut with an award-winning collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies that talk about the cultural conflict that Indian Immigrants face between their roots and their new life. She has also written The Namesake which has been adapted into a film. She is the author of other renowned works like Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. If her style of writing intrigues and interests you, you’re in the win for a literary treat.
3. P Sainath
P Sainath is an Indian Journalist and has been a rural reporter for decades. I discovered him through the documentary Nero’s guests, one that talks about farmer’s suicide and is a must-watch. His award-winning book Everybody loves a good drought is about his findings regarding poverty in rural India. If issues like these in society disturb and move you, P Sainath’s work is something that will give you hope. People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)is a digital journalism platform that publishes articles regarding the same.
4. Paulo Coelho
Most of us have read or heard about The Alchemist, the best-known work of the Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. If his work is your style, your quarantine just got better. He has authored over 20 books including The Winner Stands Alone, Eleven Minutes, The Devil and Miss Prym, etc. If you don’t know where to begin, The Alchemist is what I’d pick.
5. Dan Brown
If the thrill is what you seek, Dan Brown to your rescue! Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol are some of his many books you should definitely check out. For all the conspiracy theorists out there, this is your time. His books are sure to keep you on the edge and wanting for more.
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6. Noam Chomsky
I came across Noam Chomsky while studying the philosophical quote, “if we choose to we can live in a world of comforting illusions” and that’s when his literary work began to interest me. A peek into the dynamics of the powerhouse in the USA is the basis of some of his books. Manufacturing Consent, Who Rules the World, Understanding Power are some of his books. If power dynamics, political media is what interests you, you can check out his books.
7. JK Rowling
I had to include JK Rowling on this list. While many people have read her works or heard about them, quarantine is the perfect time to revisit the world of Hogwarts or if it’s your first time, then be prepared to be swept into her world. She is the author of the Harry Potter series. This would be a great time to check that out and other books she’s written too!
8. George Orwell
I was introduced to George Orwell’s Animal Farm in Literature class and was hooked on. His other renowned book is 1984. He is an influential writer who is sure to have a lasting impact on one’s mind! He always tried to keep his writing simple and to the point. Be sure to check it out this quarantine.
9. Twinkle Khanna
If you’re a Bollywood junkie, here’s Twinkle Khanna on our list! She has published 3 books of her own. Her first being Mrs. Funnybones. One of the stories has also been seen on the big screen, starring her husband Akshay Kumar. Pad man it is. If you’re looking for more content like that, you can check out her book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.
10. Naresh Fernandes
Another journalist on the list is Mumbai based, Naresh Fernandes. Currently editor of Scroll.in, he has previously worked at Times of India and the Wall Street Journal.
His books are based on India’s financial capital, Mumbai, or as previously known, Bombay. For anyone looking to find out about the history, life, and other important factors regarding Bombay, Naresh Fernandes’ work is what you’re looking for!
Have a good read and a happy quarantine!