A tAsK foR yOu…pLoD iN (*~*)

I dig books…notwithstanding the busy life I lead, I try to grab a book every now and then in search of thought provoking insights to human spirit that has seen ups and downs of the last 1.5 million years…Every now and then I gasp at the riveting intelligence of people who dare to write books and open themselves to feedback of every kind imaginable…Takes courage…a lot of it…All books, I feel, have something to offer irrespective of how the concept is presented…


In an attempt to relate to people who have similar interests in books, irrespective of the genre, I invite you to list out 5 books that have left lasting impressions on you…While it is a herculean task to sift through the volumes of impressions left by each book you ever came across, try to list out books that have left indelible mark in your conscience. Here I list the books that I enjoyed and learnt a lot from.


A. Roots (Alex Haley)

A book of compelling humanity and about how life triumphs over hardship. In 688 pages, Alex Haley has captured in his history of one family, the history of an entire race of people whose names and identities were stolen from them. It's hard to say if this book is fiction, history or biography, since it reads so much like all three. Haley found sizeable gaps in his efforts to trace his family roots and of necessity had to fill in the blanks from his own imagination, but it reads so convincingly that none of the fictionalized parts detract from the overall story.

B. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)

This book is a definitive book of life, a true Indian saga.
Set in mid-1970s India, it tells story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during time of political turmoil soon after government declares State of Internal Emergency. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances and fates become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen.


C. The Good Earth (Pearl S Buck)

This book is a classic…
A poignant tale about the life and labors of a Chinese farmer during the sweeping reign of the country’s last emperor. This is a tale of struggle, compassion, triumph and twist of fate…Life with its beauty and its irony….great work.

D. Exodus (Leon Uris)

A passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel. The book tells us how religion, caste and creed can turn against mankind and how the same thing binds us…An enigmatic and thought provoking voyage of the Jews after being chased away by the Nazis ..the forming of Israel…the torture they faced, the humiliation they bore, the hardship they endured and the religion and faith that binded them together and made them carry on. This book will leave a lasting impression on your soul for sure.

E. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

A dreamers book…a fable about following your dream…this book takes u on a magical ride…it gives u hope and tells u that all is not lost…It almost incites you to have a dream in your heart and to follow it…
It is a book about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids and so he leaves Spain to literally follow his dream.

The other favorites not in the top 5 are:

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • The Fountainhead

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • Family Matters

  • God of Small Things

  • Love story

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • The Hungry tide

  • The Namesake

  • Life of Pi

  • A Suitable Boy

  • A Bend in the River

  • A House for Mr. Biswas

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • Catch 22

  • The diary of Anne Frank

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • Lila 

Enjoy and keep Reading!!


  1. Very difficult task, Rupam…Let me try though…

    1. The Monk who sold his Ferrari.

    2. The Kingmaker.

    3. Void Moon.

    4. October Sky.

    5. Of Love and Other Demons


  2. to short list 5 is tough..but here goes my list I can think of as of now :

    1. All Quiet on the Western front.

    2. Alchemist.

    3. Adha Likha Dastabez by Mamoni Roysom

    4. Datta by Sharat Chandra

    5. Da Vince Code

  3. Hazel,

    I like a lot of Assamese books. However, my attempt was to list out books that contributed to a change in my perspective. Although I like a lot of Assamese authors, and some of them are brilliant, I coudn't have ignored the ones I listed. I suggest you read the top 5 in my list. These are masterpieces with worldwide acceptance. Trust me, you will be touched!!

    I thank you for your comments!!

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