'Sidney Sheldon's books never disappoint'

Sidney Sheldons books never disappoint

Talking books with Arwa Doriwala, social media specialist and blogger behind www.sliceofdubai.com

Published: Fri 16 Aug 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 16 Aug 2019, 2:00 AM

What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading The Stars Shine Down by Sidney Sheldon. It is the story of a young, beautiful, self-made tycoon, who reaches the pinnacle of success after burying her secret past. I find myself often turning to Sidney Sheldon's books when I'm looking for a sure-shot suspense-laden tale. His storytelling never disappoints.
A book that changed your life?
I loved reading Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. It is a tale of history's most powerful political strategist, Chanakya, who avenges the death of his father by elevating his protégé Chandragupta Maurya to the status of king and eventually destroying the culprit King Dhanananda. The ancient tale of Chanakya is juxtaposed against a modern-day saga of Pandit Gangasagar Mishra, with the two situations running in parallel to create a brilliant narrative. Some of Chanakya's tactics and words of wisdom remain with me to this day.

Most memorable literary character (and why)?
The first character that comes to my mind is Harry Potter. I was about 11 or 12 when I started reading the series, so we practically grew up together. Even though his life is magical and completely different from the real world, J. K. Rowling still manages to create characters and situations that make every reader go, "Oh, I have been in a similar situation at some point in my life!" It is because of Harry Potter and friends that thousands of kids believed in magic.
A book that you think is underrated (and why)?
While Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code garnered the world's attention, I felt like his other book Angels and Demons deserved far more accolades. The book is fast-paced and simply unputdownable! Although it has also been converted into a film, the latter does not evoke the same excitement as its literary version.
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