Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The beauty of this book stems from something I now relate to Kafka i.e. the nonchalant acceptance of something surreal. The story begins with the transformation of an ordinary man into what most translators agree, is a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka wrote one German). However, the subtle messaging of book goes beyond this radical “metamorphosis”. It…

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Human beings are inherently flawed, and somehow, reconciling ourselves with this simple fact is perhaps the greatest task a human ever faces. People like to hold themselves by certain ideals of perfection, and often that drives them, overrules them and takes them over. But perfection is a myth. This book is a haunting, beautiful and…

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

A close friend warned me that I won’t enjoy this book as much as I might have, had I read it when I was a teenager. Yet, I went ahead with it, simply because I personally believe that reflecting on ideals, at any of the different stages of life (or reading, whatever floats your boat)…

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

A multitude of metaphors are deployed for describing life, but rarely do we see life being seen as a lesson in itself. In an almost Kantian manner, Tuesday’s with Morrie is a beautiful book taking on life, as an end in itself. As someone on the brink of entering my late twenties, a book about…

Adulting by Neharika Gupta

The story of human progress is the story of a pursuit of homogenous perfection. Conformity has always been chased as a desirable end for the mass as a whole. We’re always pushed towards conformity and uniformity, even in the face of the starkly opposite empirical evidence. Order from chaos is the principle of the universe,…