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The Immortals of Meluha by Amish

Immortals of meluhaTravelling in a bus can either be a breeze or very exhausting. Especially if you travelling to a different city. You might not like the movie that is being played or you do not have enough battery to watch a movie or listen to music. What can you do? Yes! Read a book. Give your gadgets a break and your mind some space to imagine. While you are trying to stay comfortable on your seat, the driver feels that he is in a fast paced car chasing action movie and tries to drive the bus that way. See he is using his imagination! To remain calm in these situations, I recommend you to read The Immortals of Meluha by Amish.

Well you can use Shiva’s way to try to remain calm (by smoking up some chillum ;)) I rather recommend that you read this book. It’s the first book of the Shiva trilogy, where we see Shiva in situations where he is trying to find his identity and trying to bring a change. Of course there are bad guys who try to stop him, but his friends and family provide him complete support. The amazing thing about this book is that we see Shiva going through emotions that every human being faces in some point of his life. Happiness, pain, deceit, lust and so on. Even though it might seem a long book in terms of pages, but the story will keep you gripped and by the end of the book, you won’t be able to wait to read the next book.

P.S. Shiva seems to be the man every person wants in their life. I guarantee that you’ll have a major crush on him 😉 (Both guys and girls :D)

So carry your copy with your bag pack, sit back and enjoy Shiva’s story in a perspective that will capture the deepest parts of your heart.

Tales from the Arabian Nights – edited by Andrew Lang

Tales from the arabian nightsTravelling by cabs in India or anywhere in the world has become a necessity now. It’s convenient, comfortable and we don’t have to haggle with the autowallahs for 5 minutes straight. At times we might look out the window to watch the view, but after a point of time it might get mundane. So my recommendation of a book to read in a cab is Tales from the Arabian Nights.

Okay so some of you might say that we read this book as a kid, but I feel that this book is more suited for an audience above 14. And even though you might say that how can we finish this book in a cab ride, my answer is you don’t have to. These are individual stories but have a link and ends full circle. The links will interest you to keep on reading but you can stop after reading one story and continue the next time you are travelling.

The stories are mystical but so witty that it’ll keep you hooked. You’ll find yourself smiling at the smartness of Scheherazade who is trying to divert her royal husband so that he doesn’t kill her. Every story begins in the night and goes on till morning, but Scheherazade ends each tale with a cliff hanger so that the husband has no choice but to let her live to complete the story.

The stories are beautifully illustrated to give you a break from all the reading and oh so intricate.

So keep a copy of this mystical book of tales which will make you want to go back to it every time you travel.

The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

the inscrutable americansWell, a lot of us are travelling out of the country, either for work or studies or even for a leisure visit. These flights are long and tiring and you might just get bored of watching outside the window (how long will you watch the clouds!) or watching a movie. Hence my recommendation for you to read while travelling on a flight is The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

This hilarious novel is about a small town boy Gopal who travels to the US of A as a student for a year. The novel talks about culture shocks and how Gopal copes with them. He gets drunk, almost has sex with a hooker and falls in love, but eventually has his heart broken. His English and his perspective of the American culture are very Indian which is what tugs at our heart and makes us say Oh my God! (Not in an orgasmic manner though). The highlight of this novel is the letters Gopal writes to his brother and his parents, telling them about his life in America and how people are so weird. He confides in his brother about the things he did which he doesn’t want his parents to know. We come across very colorful and distinct characters in the novel which stay with us long after we have read the book. But nothing comes close to Gopal. It’s his naivety and innocence which captures us but at the same time make us burst into a fit of laughter.

So while you travel to the faaren, read this novel to be equipped with some of the stereotypes which still exist about Indians all over the world but at the same time get over the exhaustion that takes place during the time you travel.

2 States, the story of my marriage by Chetan Bhagat

Snapchat-1833723396Okay let’s face it, Chetan Bhagat (CB) received a lot of flak for the things he said on Twitter and how he was portrayed on national television. But there was a point of time when he actually wrote a good book which was funny and actually made sense. Yes, it was 2 States. Out of all the books CB has written, 2 states is the only one I enjoyed.

So I’ve chosen this book as a good companion during your train journeys, be it long or short. If you are someone who reads really fast, this might be over by the time you reached your destination. But if you take your own time, it’ll be enough to keep you engaged the entire journey, to and fro.

This story is about Krish and Ananya who meet in IIM, fall in love and by the time they leave college, Krish has popped the question. Sounds simple and mundane right? No. If you live in India, you have to make sure that the religions match, then the boy’s parents must like the girl, the girl’s parents must like the guy and both sets of parents must like each other! So like your train journey, this book is a journey from the time the couple were in IIM to the time they convinced both the sets of parents for their permission to get married. It is set in Gujarat, Chennai and Punjab, and a few chapters in Goa.

It’s the way CB describes the weirdest of situations so realistically that makes it funny. The comebacks from the boy in the book are hilarious and the descriptions he gives about Chennai and Punjab households is so true to the point that it’ll make you chuckle. There’s a scene where a South India boy Harish comes to see Ananya when Krish is present in her house (he gives tuitions to her brother.) So after the meeting, the Ananya tells him about the conversation she had with Harish where he asked her if she was ‘pure’ (a virgin) *major eyeroll* and Krish’s reply was, “What a loser. What is he looking for -ghee?”

So grab a copy of 2 states when you are travelling in a train journey, be it long or short, and travel with the couple on their mission to get married to each other.