The best books that tug at your heart and haunt you for days together

The Books I Picked & Why

The Fountainhead

By Ayn Rand

Book cover of The Fountainhead

Why this book?

I loved this book for its attitude. The character of Howard Roark is etched in my memory to date from the time I held the book first in my hands. I have admired the book for its realistic nature as it brings out what challenges a go-getter, who cares little about what others think of him, faces. It does not promise a bed of roses for a man marked by his individualism, but made me feel one with Roark. 


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A Time to Kill

By John Grisham

Book cover of A Time to Kill

Why this book?

The recounting of a harrowing ordeal of the father Carl Lee who avenged the rape of his 10-year-old daughter Tonya touched my heart. The manner in which Jake Brigance, the attorney who represents Carl Lee pleads the case and succeeds to save his client from punishment lingered in my heart for a very long time.


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The Moneychangers

By Arthur Hailey

Book cover of The Moneychangers

Why this book?

The adrenaline rush I got from this novel, I cannot express by words. I detested banking and related stories until I read this novel. The book gave me a totally different view of banking and the politics involved. I was impressed by the character of the single mom Juanita Nunez and her unique ability to calculate like a machine as she had a photographic memory.


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A Quiver Full of Arrows

By Jeffrey Archer

Book cover of A Quiver Full of Arrows

Why this book?

This collection of short stories about simple yet distinct events that can occur in the life of any person impressed me as I was able to relate to the stories. Archer has beautifully expressed the feelings of many characters. In particular, the stories "Old Love" and "The Luncheon" still fascinate me.


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Singing Earth: Stories Woven with a Twist of Love

By Nirmala Pillai

Book cover of Singing Earth: Stories Woven with a Twist of Love

Why this book?

I was captivated by this collection of twenty two short stories, written to bring a wave of nostalgia into the sea of the mind of the reader. I loved the secret in "The Secret" and the expression of nativity in "Kavala – A Junction". Many of the stories brought out the boldness in meek women and I loved that.


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