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Dedicated to friends and friendship!

Posted On : August 05 2018

Today is Friendship Day, a day dedicated to friends. They are the family we choose...we know we cannot survive without them...or imagine our lives without them. On this special day Bookaholicanonymous brings to you 10 enduring books on friends and friendships! Read them or gift them…

Swami & Friends by R K Narayan

The setting is of British India, in a fictional town named Malgudi. Swami is a ten-year old boy who studies at a mission school. He lives with his parents, younger brother and grandmother. He has a set of friends in two schools that he gets removed from. Events lead Swami to leave his house and go on a run. R K Narayan successfully creates a child’s perspective about the adult world. It is a funny and interesting tale of Swami and his adventures. Other characters are Swami’s friends, his family and people from his town and people he meets while on these adventures. Readers get to see the world through the eyes of a ten-year old boy. 

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood-unbearable betrayals and cruelties-surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, an astonishing work of imagination that will delight and stun readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wide, wild Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, one zebra (with broken leg), an orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy. As the 'crew' begin to assert their natural places in the food chain, Pi's fear mounts, and he must use all his wit and daring to develop an understanding with Richard the tiger. The book tells about the uneasy relationship between a tiger and a human.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had. It is the unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years.

Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat

Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT’ is the debut narrative by renowned author Chetan Bhagat. The plot rotates around 3 friends Hari, Ryan and Alok at IIT. Their companionship is strengthened into close bond during their years at IIT, experiencing extreme hardship to endure through the tough competitions. Three of them have high self-expectations of being at the top in their classes and graduate out of the Institution with flying colours. As opposed to their expectations, the results and scores fall beyond their imagination. Hari has by the time fallen for his professor’s daughter. Alok and Ryan are the 2 beings who never get along with each other. At IIT, the 3 of them have to bear the skeptical professors, stressful study materials and assignments, burden of limitless examinations and a stern academic timetable. The story focuses on their on-the-brink survival in the IITs and the unending struggle with the age-old education system of India.

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.
While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.
Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. ‘The Tree with a Thousand Apples’ is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

In the 1930s, a group of women became close friends, dubbing themselves members of the ‘Ya-Ya Sisterhood.’  Years later, Siddalee, the daughter of one of the members of the sisterhood, struggles to get along with her mother. She receives a scrapbook detailing the exploits of the ‘Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ and begins to see her mother in a new light.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In ‘The Interestings’, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.
Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, the book explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, ‘My Brilliant Friend’ is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.  

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

In this book about friendship aimed at teenagers, four girls decide to stay in touch during their summer separation by mailing a pair of jeans between the four of them. The girls believe the pants are magical and experience amazing events while taking turns with the pants. The girls also exchange letters, telling stories of fun travels in Greece and first-time kisses at soccer camp.

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