I’ll always be thankful to Indian railways for introducing me to the awesome world called Books. Yes, it may seem funny to you but I was introduced to this book world by Indian railways. Actually, my train was 3-4 hours late and during my trip to Shimla, I decided to buy a book to kill time. To my surprise, I really liked the book and was reading through its picturesque language until the coach attended in the train came and switched off the lights. Actually, it was 1’o clock in the night. After this incident, something within me took me to books every time I visited a mall in Gurgaon. Being a Piscean, I am quite emotional as a person and books related to love stories or sad emotional non-fictions became my favorite. Till date, I have read 2 States, Five Point Someone, One Night in a Call Center, The Kite Runner, P.s. I Love you (My favorite, it made me cry like a child), A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle. This post is about some books which will make you cry or make you sad and as I stated before, I haven’t read so many books yet and so some of the entries below have been suggested by my good friends. I strongly recommend you to reach each one of these if you are an emotional person.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – “There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” This was my first book after 2 states and I bought it on the recommendation of my friend ‘Babita’. It is about a man’s battle between his morality, righteousness, and his cowardice, sins and guilt. The book follows the life of Amir, a boy in Kabul, and talks about the relationship he has with his father and his servant who is also his best friend. While reading of the persecution the servant, Hassan, I was at a loss for words as for how to respond. Once the final act of persecution had taken place, I was completely devastated. I desperately wanted to hate Amir, but as the book progressed I found myself sympathizing with him. Khaled Hosseini is able to paint a picture of Afghanistan that is both beautiful and horrifying and made me completely incapable of putting the book down. it didn’t make me cry but made me sad…. Very sad
PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern – “what a luxury it was for people to hold their loved ones whenever they wanted.” It is my favorite book till date. It is a story of Holly Kennedy (I love you Holly). When Gerry’s life is taken by an illness, Holly falls to pieces. She lost the man she loved and the meaning in her life. Before he died he wrote her 10 letters. Each month involves a task or a treat to help her through her grief. She comes to use them as her bible to get through the year; she takes a holiday, enters a karaoke competition and opens up to new things. I love the way the story goes, and from here, I know, we will always remember the one we love, cherish them. The feeling of losing someone, by death or by break ups, leave you drawing in you own emotion. But after a period of time, the sun will shine again. Even the love ones (or ex) are still at the back of our head (or heart), there will always be a room, for the new one. I cannot count n my fingers how many times this book made me cry. I find it funny that whenever I read this book again, I cannot help but to cry. Maybe, I am too emotional and so touched with the story.
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks – “Without you in my arms, I feel emptiness in my soul” This book was recommended to me by one of my new & good friend and I am glad I bought it, a real tearjerker. This wonderful story is about Theresa who finds a love letter washed up on the shore during vacation. It is from a man to his dead wife and it really touches her. After some convincing from her friend, she publishes the letter in a newspaper, soon she hears from others who have found letters from the same man. After she finds three letters, she goes and finds the man, never expecting to fall in love but that is exactly what happens but when Garret finds out that Teresa found his very personal letters, everything will change. The ending is so sad that it took me 3 days to read the last letters, it made me cry every time I read the letter Garret left for Theresa and it teaches us that if you love someone, shower him/ her with your love as today is your last day. There’s no right time. Every time you have is the right time. Don’t waste it for something that will make you regret.
Love Story by Erich Segal – One of the finest love stories till date is what the now famous and then a classics professor, Erich Segal wrote. The line which became a popular phrase among lovers was “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’’ I think it indeed means something true. It was originally a screenplay in which love between a working-class Italian girl from Radcliff and a Harvard boy from an old family has been shown to fathom all depths of love – the most sacred feeling. When it was released as a novel after some refinements, it had the largest print order in publishing history at the time, with 4,325,000 copies.
Story was the usual – rich boy – poor girl, wanted to marry, boy’s father wasn’t happy. Still they married and initially had financial problems as well but later were fine. Oliver – the lover was extremely happy with Radcliff and they planned a child together but could not have one. They finally visited a doctor who told them that they could not have a child since Jennifer Radcliff was sterile but the worst part was that she was dying of leukemia. Oliver hid her disease from her but she came to know later. They could do nothing but share their grief together. Jennifer died and what she left for Oliver was the reconciliation between him and his father; LOVE means never have you to say SORRY! Jenny said it once to Oliver and now Oliver said it again to his father. It makes you cry as many times you read it.
Oh! There so are many books and such little time but I’ll look forward to reading ‘Before I Die by Jenny Downham, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, The Book Thief Markus Zusak, The notebook my Nicolas Spark’. I know that there are many books worth reading but as I said, I am pretty new to this amazing world I would love to know what books made you sad or emotional and worth a read?