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A Study in Bibliophilic Journey – Part 4

A Study in Bibliophilic Journey – Part 4

Inspirational books

In the 4th part of the seriesA study in Bibliophilic Journey“,  the writer Saptarshi Chaowdhury narrates how the ‘reader Saptarshi’ is inspired from non-fiction books and their writers to do things passionately and not because the entire world is doing so.

Most of the readers around the globe prefer reading fiction, which is absolutely justifying considering how fiction takes us to a completely different hypothetical world where we stay till the last word of the book has been read. However, every reader has had the “non-fiction” phase, where we are forced to read non-fiction because of psychological pressure by our brain. I had this phase as well, and during this time interval, I managed to read lots of works of this genre. So, today, I am going to share my insights on few of them.

Robin Sharma is definitely a name all of us have heard of, be it in the form of Instagram one-liners or word-of-mouth. “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is a fabulous read from a non-fiction point of view. The entire book, as is implied by the title, is based on a young lawyer who sells his Ferrari and starts living like a monk. However, monk here is an interesting play on a life of peace, passion, and purpose. Considering the fact that it is inspired by Robin’s life makes the read way more interesting, and each page of the book makes us rethink our decisions on life. I was gifted this book on my birthday, and I have read it thrice since. For readers who want to take a break from fiction, this is something you all can fall back to.

I have always had this affinity towards Science, and this is the very reason why I stumbled upon “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Being a fantastic narrator, Neil manages to explain complicated concepts such as Theory of Black Holes, Big Bang, Extra-terrestrial life using simple analogies that even a person of non-science background can decipher. This book keeps the reader hooked till the very last page and leaves you with more questions than answers. As the title rightly suggests, it indeed is for people in a hurry because of its simplicity and free flowing language. I will recommend this book to everyone, irrespective of academic background.

Dr. Richard Feynman is one of the most renowned theoretical physicists of the 20th century, and his contributions are countless. However, he was also a brilliant Professor, and could explain concepts very lucidly. Hence, his book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” is based on anecdotes from Feynman’s life. The way each and every word of the book has been written makes the reader think deep about the genius that Richard was. The American Physicist was not just a typical person of science. He narrates how he loved playing the bongo, dance samba and crack interesting jokes time to time. The entire book is a very light read and is one of those works that you can read in difficult times.

These 3 books have inspired me in so many ways, be it in my interest in Science or be it in my take on life in general. Robin Sharma, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Dr. Richard Feynman taught me how to do things passionately and not because the entire world is doing so. I would happily recommend their works to any bibliophile. In the next article, I will talk about fiction again, and dive deep into some interesting books I have read during this pandemic era.

Also Read: A Study in Bibliophilic Journey-Part 3

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