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As A Mother I Would Like My Daughter To Read These Books: Tanushree Podder

On Mother’s Day we at Bookaholicanonymous asked one of our fave authors Tanushree Podder to list 5 books she would want her daughter to read or for any daughter to read…

Thanks for this listing …we are sure moms everywhere will appreciate this listing.

Reading books is one of the best things to do in times of crisis, especially during lockdown. It takes the mind away from worries and insecurities. Not just that, it broadens the vision, works wonders for the brain and increases cognitive abilities. If that’s not reason enough, there is more. Research has proved that reading can reduce stress and aid sleep.

It is difficult to list out 5 books that I would want my daughter to read, since there are hundreds of excellent books in the world. What I have done is to list some of my favourite books written by women, because I believe that they should be read by every woman.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I think this is one book that every girl should read. Set in 1869 it is the story of four sisters growing up during the Civil War in the USA. Poignant and haunting, the story of the March sisters underlines the magic of hope. I first read the book at the age of 11, and loved Joe March. I still love the strength and selflessness of her character. No matter how many times I read this book, I find it as engrossing as the first time.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The dystopian story set in a fictional place called Republic of Gilead, is a hard-hitting account of shocking misogynistic society. Gilead categories women are meant to fulfill their primary function, which is reproduction. So, women are not allowed to read, write or listen to music. Although dystopian, the story could well be a narration of times past and future.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is a classic that has found place in most home libraries and collections, and is one of my favourites. The book that has stood the test of time is a delightful story of the wilful Elizabeth Bennet and her family. The story opens with a catchy line, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” and continues to remain engrossing till the very end.

The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro

Set in the rural landscape of Canada, it is the story Rose as she transitions from girlhood to womanhood, right from her schoolgirl days to getting married and having an affair.

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

Since all other books mentioned in this list are of serious nature, I can’t end the list without adding a humorous book, Marian Keyes is the author I seek while feeling blue. Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, The Woman Who Stole My Life is guaranteed to drive away the blues and bring a smile to the lips.

About the author: A well know travel writer and novelist, she is passionate about travelling and writing. Tanushree has written ten novels. Among her books are Nurjahan’s Daughter, Boots Belts Berets, On the Double, Escape from Harem, A Closetful of Skeletons, Before you Breathe and No Margin for Error.

Decoding the Feronia Files, written by her, is the first Indian Cli Fi thriller, and The Teenage Diary of Laxmibai is her tenth book.

Two of her books, Boots Belts Berets and On the Double will soon be adapted as web series. She lives with her husband at Pune.

Thank you Tanushree Podder for taking out time for us!

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