Monsoon Reads

Who doesn’t love the soothing sound of drizzle, the scent of fresh flowers after a heavy rain shower and the aroma of a steaming cup of tea with a delightfully crunchy plate of Pakoras? With all the delights associated with this change in weather, it’s no wonder that most people eagerly await its arrival.

While some welcome the monsoon season by dancing in the rain, others like to cosy up to a good book. Let’s dance to the beat of Monsoon rains by taking you through five books that are a perfect fit for this season!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Poetry has the power to transport readers into a different realm all together; making them see the world from another’s point of view. Milk and Honey is an amalgam of four parts; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. An intense journey altogether; Milk and Honey makes for a fulfilling experience in the midst of monsoon rains.

Read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi

Admittedly, persistent dark clouds and a slight chill in the air can make things a bit gloomy. Fittingly, Hanif Kureishi’s Midnight All Day is not for the weak hearted! The book deals with the dark side of reality and the harsh times we all encounter at some point in our lives.

Read Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi

Intikhab-e-Kalam: Urdu Virsa by Parveen Shakir

One of the most distinctively unique poetess of her times, Parveen Shakir’s work is undisputedly admirable. Perveen Shakir’s poems and ghazals have been penned from the heart; looking at tortured souls, the tragedy of unrequited love and the trauma of misunderstood emotions. Urdu poetry and monsoon reverie go together perfectly, which is why this book demands to be picked up and not put down until the last page is read!

Read Intikhab-e-Kalam: Urdu Virsa by Parveen Shakir

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

There is nothing like a literary classic to take you back in time and with a Shakespearean play, the ride is sure to be a memorable one! We follow protagonist, Helena, the orphan daughter of a famous physician who is in love with Count Bertram, in a romantic comedy full of twists and turns. A story full of crafty individuals and headstrong protagonists, All’s Well That Ends Well is a read that is best suited for those early monsoon mornings to gear you up for the day!

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Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

It’s easy to live in a safe bubble and not venture out of our comfort zones to explore the difficulties faced by people of different identities and groups to ourselves. Nayyirah Waheed’s poetry deals with complex themes, asking readers to be more culturally aware and emotionally engaged. If you want to be taken in by the lure of beautiful words, then give this book some love and it shall give some love right back to you!

Read Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

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