3 Books You Probably Haven’t Read, But Definitely Should

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3 Books You Probably Haven’t Read, But Definitely Should
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It is true that good and personal recommendations of books and films are all our generation wants. We remain too occupied to test and try stories and non-fictions only to still feel unsatiated at the end.

Most of us can also nod along on the fact that not all popular reads are good reads and all of us have at least once come across that one book or movie that wasn’t on the charts but proved to be TOO GOOD! If you get what I’m saying, then this article will resonate with you. Here are three not so popular but essential reads-

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

The Little Prince will make you constantly hum the song “Dil toh bachcha hai ji” while you read him saying, “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
The Little Prince will make you constantly hum the song “Dil toh bachcha hai ji” while you read him saying, “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

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What if I tell you that while growing up like you’re doing, you can surprisingly come across your lost childhood? Or even nurture a latent one? The Little Prince is a lesser known book among adults because it bravely throws light upon the ways of adulthood and innocently questions it. Written through a child’s perspective of the adult world, the Little Prince is surely startled by the grown ups but also confused about the hollow-grandness of their age; their lost playfulness and spontaneity of childhood. It never tells you NOT to be a grown up, but it tells you how to be a better grown up. Grab a copy of this short read and thank me later for all the innocent smiles that come your way!

Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis

We feel it when Gregor is scared and tired of this ‘Metamorphosis’ and says, “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense.”
We feel it when Gregor is scared and tired of this ‘Metamorphosis’ and says, “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense.”

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Being one of the most important contributions in the 20th century literature, Kafka’s tales still remain unknown to many. His Metamorphosis (pun intended) is one of the most famous ones among his fans. Literally the title does indicate what is going to happen in the story- transformation of the protagonist (Gregor). However, how literal and symbolic that transformation is? You’ll find him touching upon unimaginable questions of obligation towards family, society, humanity and brotherhood. After reading this story, you’ll feel a Gregor inside of you and that’s when you’ll start questioning your internal transformations and the ones around you too.

Simon De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex

Bust some of your notions about feminism by reading from ‘their’ *inserts sad emoji* perspective.
Bust some of your notions about feminism by reading from ‘their’ *inserts sad emoji* perspective.

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It is becoming quite essential for people to empathize more and more with the concept of feminism and how it originated. There’s no better way of understanding it than listening to the voices of those who are fighting for it the most in the contemporary world. The author meticulously proposes how the oppressed become so. In defining it as a process, she questions the “naturalness” of the order of the dominant and hence is one of the pillars of feminism texts. If you find it a rather complex read but are nevertheless interested in reading about feminism, I’d suggest to read Nivedita Menon’s “Seeing Like a Feminist” as a warm-up. After which, you’ll feel comfortable reading Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.

These are only some of the most unpopular texts that I found essential as a read. I’m sure there are many more and you’d have suggestions about those too. If yes, never back down from telling about them to your friends and others and recommending them on popular platforms because if that’s how we can spread the hidden magic of these texts, so be it. I did my part; I urge you should do it too!