Amidst the multiple (commercial) days that exist – friendship day, chocolate day, Valentine’s Day – there’s just one day dedicated to books! That’s really unfair, ask any book lover!
April 23rd is celebrated worldwide as Book Day, it was started by UNESCO to promote reading. Though every day is a Book Day for hard core bibliophiles, let’s rejoice this week in the world of books and storytelling.
We ‘scooted’ around the entire town trying to figure out if there are any ‘unique’ books lying around in the city and have curated this list for all you book lovers!
a. A History Of God – Karen Armstrong
It’s not common to come across a book which covers the 4000 year old quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – 3 of the oldest religions of the world.
b. Anne Frank – Beyond the Diary – A Photographic Remembrance
c. Harry Potter – Andre Williamson
‘Pop Open’ the world of spells, alleys and walk into the world of Hogwarts again! Literally.
d. Idisegni Arrabiati – Italo Calvino
An Italian writer and journalist, his short stories engulf you into his colorful world. Once inside, there’s no looking back. Like a reader described ‘Fantastic illustrations! Colorful, vivid, seem to leap off the paper to grab the player and drag them into the joyful universe.’
e. Norse Myths
Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god.
If these names sound familiar – you have heard of the Norse Gods! A book that uses Illustrations throughout to depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical Northern landscape.
f. Circle of fate – Raja Mohanty
A haunting parable of love and destiny is illustrated in Odia traditional art form – Patachitra.
g. The Half-finished heaven
From the contemporary Swedish poet comes a classic collection of poems you have to read!
h. The magic and other tales of effendi
If we thought Mullah Nasreddin belonged to us alone, this fascinating book from China says that he was there in Effendi. He is kind and resourceful, just and witty, and above all, full of humor. The book exactly takes you on the same ‘joy-ride’.
i. The Persian Cinderella
Though a light retelling of a fairy tale – it’s equally compelling and is based on a tale from Arabian Nights.
j. The private life of sharks
Explore the world of one of the most fascinating but frightening creatures on the planet. A different look at the shark’s often misunderstood life in the wild.
Not for people who were not ‘Jaw’ fans!
k. The wonderful adventures of Nils – Selma Lagerlof
It’s not every day that a Noble Laureate ends up writing an adventure tale when she is supposed to write a Geography textbook.
This April 23rd, come book-lovers! Let’s unite! The books mentioned above are available for reading at Bakul Foundation – a Public Library which is known to have an awesome collection for children but also stacks some great books for young people like thrillers, non-fiction etc.
Location: 16, Satyanagar!
If there are any more unique books that you stumbled upon in any book store/shop/personal library in Bhubaneswar/Cuttack – do join the conversation below in comments with #BookLover!