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Maisha Islam Monamee


Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance


Written by Barack Obama, former President of the United States of America, this was the best selling book in 2018. Originally published in 1995, the book revolves around the early life of Obama until his enrollment in Harvard Law School in the year 1988. It addresses his upbringing and familial relations while also discussing the personal aspects of his life. His parents, a black African father and whhite American mother, separated when he was just two years old as later he was brought up by his mother and maternal grandparents who often described his father with vague emotions. The story starts in New York as Obama learns about the demise of his father and is emotionally constrained to trace his roots, initially in Kansas and finally in Kenya where he reunites with his paternal family. The book, which was intended to be a memoir also discusses his experiences of being around people with colours in the States. This book was also republished in 2004, shortly after his party’s victory in the US Senate. This narrative is the best thing to read to understand the path and struggles of the States’ first black President.





The Diary of a Young Girl


Written by Anne Frank, this book has been framed by the diary entries of a teen Anne, who was hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. First published in 1947 in Dutch, the book later gathered huge attention from readers in 1952 when its English translation was published. What was supposed to be a personal diary is now one of the best selling books of the 20th century. The story starts with thirteen year old Anne, who receives a diary as her birthday present. She then captures all her experiences of being concealed from the Nazis for around two years. Unfortunately, the family was discovered in 1944 and was soon deported to a Nazi concentration camp where Anne dies. Her father, the only survivor from their family, was later handed three volumes of the diary she maintained during her years of lockdown. The book provides a good sneak-peek into the lives of the people estranged from the outer world and hiding to save their lives. While reading this during lockdown, you might as well be inspired to maintain a journal for yourself!



The Story of My Life


Hellen Keller’s autobiography was first published in 1903 and provides intricate details of her early life. Her companionship with Miss Anne Sullivan for 49 years and journey of seeing the world while being blind and listening to people while being deaf is beautifully presented in the book. The narrative of the book, set in Alabama, would take you through a swirl of human emotions, from sympathy to pride. Keller dedicated this book to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of telephone, who was working for deaf children back then. An obstinate little Keller slowly transforms with the magic of her teacher who presents a new world through herself. The story has it all, from a helpless Keller to a strong woman who is determined to leave behind an imprint, and is just the perfect read to leave you inspired in this break.



Wings of Fire 


The autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, was first published in 1999. The book depicts various stages of his early life that led him to the world of space research. The book, mostly based on childhood experiences, provides good exposure to his days in Rameswaram and throughout the narration, you would grow with the author. He also shares much on his familial relationships, including how his father always inspired him and how his mother was always there for support. The book also describes the ring of discrimination that surrounded his life and even though he had friends who were Hindus, the religious differences often gathered the attention of his school teacher. The book later elaborates his transition from educational backgrounds and his journey at Madras Institute of Technology. Popularly known as the Missile Man of India, this book explains the experiences that framed Kalam to become what he was. Thus, this book is another sip of inspiration to gulp down in this break.



I am Malala


An autobiographical book by Malala Yousafzai, the winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2014, addresses her childhood and journey of upbringing in a perfect bunch of words. Malala further regards the role of her father behind crafting her delicate dreams and giving them wings of reality. Her struggles to become educated brings forward the helpless cries of thousands of other girls who are deprived of this basic right. The tone of the book is very personal and while reading, you can experience all that she has gone through during her days at Swat Valley. The text presents the power of Taliban in destroying their childhood and also talks about the changes she dreamt of. Lastly, the text makes you feel helpless as she is shot three bullets on her way to school. The journey of her recovery instills a sense of hope and inspires you to chase the right while addressing the wrong. This book is absolutely a wholesome read to go through in this break.

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