There was no rhyme or reason but some kind of epic guidance that led me to these incredible books:
1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: A brilliant collection of haunting, poetic and profound short stories that center around humanity landing on Mars.
The book is poignant and mysterious and takes you into otherworldly landscapes with its vivid & beautiful descriptions. As you read on, you begin to root for certain characters and the stories leave you thrilled and spooked and awed and troubled.
2. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman: An epic collection of short stories and poetry like verses. As I read, I entered a wonderland and met strange creatures that cast their strange spell of magic upon my senses. Raw, enthralling and wondrous, Neil Gaiman is an iconic wizard. There's a detective story about god and angels, about end of the world, wolfs, vampires and whatnot. Gritty, witty, dark & mystical.
3. Bhagvad Gita (Translation by Stephen Mitchell): Wisdom that makes you keel over and topple and makes your eyeballs pop out and your jaw touch the floor. And since that clearly isn't enough, your mind reels, your heart skips a few beats, your inner being awakens & screams with joy - "where have you been all of my life?" and the skeptic in you keeps repeating - "but it's impossible to do what the book is asking us to do." and the dreamer in you resolves - "must walk this path."
Karma, attachment, nirvana, self realization, Dharma, truth, darkness, laziness - if any of this stirs the slightest interest, read on.
4. Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith: You take a ride with a scientist through the birth and evolution of our universe and life. Fascinating and spine tingling and soul stirring and consciousness expanding. If you have ever felt the call of the universe to explore its many mysteries and to read its fascinating story, then this book is for you.
The rawness, the intensity, the depth, the other-worldliness that your soul craves and knows and wants to briefly re-experience, is a thing best found in books, at least for me. And so I read, so the soul can breathe.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.