'It was like seeing a mirror for the first time'

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It was like seeing a mirror for the first time

Reading with Priyanka Pradhan, Author of childrens' book

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Published: Fri 13 Dec 2019, 12:16 PM

What are you reading now?
Currently, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale.
The latter comes highly recommended by friends, especially since it is set in my hometown, Mumbai.

A book that changed your life and shaped your outlook?
I read an abridged version of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe in the ninth grade and it remains to be one of my favourites. It taught me more about American history and the politics of race. It also encouraged me to introspect, on the complex notion of freedom and helped foster an appreciation for protest literature at a very early age.
A book you believe is underrated?
Roald Dahl's, Completely Unexpected Tales is one of my most prized bookshelf possessions. It is also one of my most frequently borrowed books, simply because I cannot stop recommending it. I believe collections of short stories are not appreciated as much as full-length novels. As an avid reader (and writer) of short stories, I believe it is one of the most delightful literary formats.

Who would you consider a memorable literary character?
Mowgli, from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book-  for his vulnerability and steadfast loyalty. I love how the author portrayed him as a fearless young boy who lives by the dictum of enjoying the present moment - a complex and evolved character for a little boy. Also, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is fondly etched in my memory, especially for his idiosyncrasies and quirks, which made him more relatable and loveable than say, Sherlock.

Your favourite book quote
"We accept the love we think we deserve" - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This quote was like seeing a mirror for the first time.  
-As told to Maheshpreet Kaur Narula

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