As a high school teenager it was Charles Chaplin’s My Autobiography. To me, his story was a testimony of the triumph of human spirit, and the book served as an inspiration for many years.
A few years back, I read A Fine Balance and was jolted out of my complacency. The book made me think for days and made me more conscious about the lives outside my insulated sphere of existence.
2. One book you have read more than once?
Rabindranath Tagore’s Sanchaita (collected poems). It’s been a constant friend.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Gitabitan, Rabindranath Tagore’s book of songs. It has some of the finest of this sage poet’s poetry, sweeping the entire spectrum of the universe. Since I also sing Rabindrasangeet (Tagore songs), this book will be a perfect companion at a deserted island.
4. One book that made you cry?
Most recently it was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
5. One book that made you laugh?
Carry Me Home by Sandra Kring. The book also made me cry in places. Terrific read.
6. One book you wish you had
The Kite Runner. I wish I could like as lyrically, create a setting as enchanting and atmospheric, and evoke emotions as strong as Hosseini did.
7. One book you wish had never been written?
Am yet to come across a book like that.
8. One book you are currently reading?
The Plague by Albert Camus.
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
SO many. My immediate priority is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
PS: I just noticed I read one of the questions incorrectly. Q 6 asks about “one book I wish had been written,” and my response is for a book I wish I had written. LOL. You can expect that from this daft reader/writer. So instead of answering the original question, I am tweaking it here so my answer fits. Yes, I am lazy too.