Weekend Getaway: A short trip to Imagination

"...and then out of nowhere, I heard a voice. It felt a little echoey like someone is talking from the sky. It said, “Hello Human. This is your inner being talking. It’s been so long that you haven’t fed me good stuff. Don’t you care about me anymore? I am sick of your daily routines and busy work schedules. I know you need to rest and sleep and go out with friends and all but...what about me?”

Okay, enough with the creepy soul talking thing. Hi there, I am just another human trying to help you out with the life we spend these days. Don’t you feel it’s all the same when it comes to making plans and making ourselves happy? I mean just look at it. Mondays are full of blues at the workplace, then follows 4 “I don’t wanna but I have to anyway” kinda days and on Friday’s evening you feel a breeze of happiness which will eventually be gone by Sunday evening like a one night stand. That’s not a good plan for life if you ask me. I mean we forget one important part of ourselves which is dying - Our imagination. 

I know that you have a busy life and you only get a few hours of fun, food, and sleep. But, I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t (or may not want to) refuse. I’m gonna give you a list of books that you can (or at least start ) read over the weekend. See, reading books is the best way to nurture our brain because it challenges our imagination, our thought process, and our ideologies. Trust me, this short trip will turn out to be one of the best weekend plans you’ve had in a long time. 

So here we go.

1. Ways to disappear by Idra Novey

A famous Brazilian writer, Beatriz Yagoda, goes missing. Her young American translator who leaves everything in Pittsburgh, including her longtime boyfriend, flies down to Rio to find her. Ways to Disappear explores the meaning behind a writer's words — the way they can both hide and reveal deep truths at the same time.

2. The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Google’s definition of Haiku: Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. This book is an examination of one Japanese poet Basho. The narration provides a way of stepping into the life and thoughts of Bashō as writer, poet, teacher, and human being.

3. The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond

The book Night Train at Deoli and other stories is a must-have, must-read for every book lover. Simple, heart-warming and thought-provoking stories will take you on a ride through the beautiful foothills of Dehradun and Mussoorie. The stories in the book speak of simple folks, who live in the technology untouched valleys, with lush green hills and little-crowded markets. It is the perfect getaway for anyone who seeks simplicity and calmness while reading.

4.  Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the man that invented the 20th century by Sean Patrick

Read this book to learn lessons from Nikola Tesla and know why imagination is so necessary to awaken your inner genius. The book follows Tesla’s life and work, his successes and failures and teaches you how to look at the world in a different, more imaginative way.

5. Why not me? By Mindy Kaling

Falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you. That’s Mindy Kaling talking to you in her book  Why not me? And by the time you finish this book, you’d wish that she would talk to you every day as your best friend.

6. An astrologer’s day by R.K. Narayan

The story is about an astrologer who knows how to carry out his profession...by saying things which astonished people, by shrewd guesswork. What baffles the reader and everyone in the book are events like how he could correctly read an unusual client’s past and even know his name? Did he possess some uncanny powers, which could be put to good use, when needed? This book is a collection of few other short stories by R.K. Narayan.

7. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

In a world filled with change, what matters is your ability to create and learn from change. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. This book demands that you stop waiting for a road map and start drawing one instead.

8. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between the Indian traditions the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are caught between their roots and the "New World."

9.  Shatranj Ke Khiladi by Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand is one of India’s finest storytellers. This book depicts decadent royalty of Central North India. The two main characters are the aristocrats Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Raushan Ali who are deeply immersed in playing chess. They derive immense pleasure in developing chess strategies and ignore the real life invasion by the British. Their city Lucknow falls to British attackers as they are busy playing a game of chess. This book has also been made into a movie by Satyajit Ray under the same name.

10. Ghost stories of Shimla hills by Minakshi Chaudhry

Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills is a chilling compilation of the supernatural events and the activities of spirits in the hills of Shimla. The book presents ghost stories as narrated by the residents of Shimla. The fear of the unknown, enhanced by the mist, darkness and pattering raindrops is part of life in the hills. But there have been real encounters with the supernatural, included in this collection of chilling tales are personal experiences of people.

That’s all Human. I hope you will give this trip a try. Also, suggest us in the comments some good books which can be a weekend read.

P.S. Spread the word so that more humans can join in. 

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