Every World Book Day, readers reminesce about their favourite books.
Today, I pick my favourite authors and their works in the various literary genres for the impact they have had on me.
P. G. Wodehouse
The master of the slapstick and the ridiculous, P G Wodehouse has always been a favourite. The inimitable Jeeves saves the Woosters of the world from irredeemable mishaps.
‘There is a very thin line dividing comedy and tragedy’ and no one illustrates this better than Joseph Heller. Read his iconic Catch -22, where you don’t know whether things are funny or deeply sad.
The War of the Worlds featuring Martians is too descriptive to be a far fetched science fiction tale.
Jane Austen has always ruled hearts with Pride and Prejudice. For a long time, it was my yearly read as I graduated from graphic novel editions to abridged editions to the unabridged book.
The difficult-to-read ‘Lorna Doone’ is my ultimate favourite when it comes to romance reads.
The master of classic tearjerkers with beautiful imagery and captivating descriptions, Thomas Hardy drew the rural countryside very well.
20,000 leagues under the Sea was an exotic read for me.
The Mallory Tower escapades and the Famous Five mysteries are the ultimate adventure tales.
for Stream of Consciousness so excellently delineated in To the Lighthouse.
for Magic Realism in The Midnight’s Children and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
Edgar Allen Poe
The few short stories of Edgar Allen Poe made my blood run cold.
Writing for children, some of the stories struck terror in my heart.
Possibly, I spent hours and hours poring over ‘My First Word Book Ever’ with fantastic illustrations.
The naughtiest Amelia Jane and all the other talking toys are fascinating.
The masterpiece Making a Mango Whistle is about children, their play and dreams.
for bringing alive history and mythological figures.
Geetanjali remains a deeply spiritual piece of work.
His poetry touches deep chords in my consciousness.
The Moghul Series are fascinating, bringing the lives of the moghuls to the readers.
for The King must Die that features the Greek hero, Theseus.
Lust for Life is the story of the life of the celebrated painter, Vincent Van Gogh and his penurious life.
Daughter of the East, her autobiography is a racy read.
Erle Stanley Gardner
I supremely enjoyed the lawyer Perry Mason’s sleuthing capabilities and an adept legal practice.
Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot are unlikely detectives and very efficient.
Her mysteries are tempered with excellent stories that showcase the human psychology.
Devaki Nandan Khatri
It’s the only notable fantasy book I have read and it is captivating.