We all know very profoundly about the publishers whose books we love! Similar is the relation with Penguin India.
Penguin India or to be precise Penguin Random House India is the well acclaimed publisher of geeat authors like, Ruskin Bond ( Belated Happy Birthday my dear Rusky! ), Sudha Murty, Shashi Tharoor, Roald Dahl, Salman Rushdie, John Green, Wodehouse, Paulo Coelho and many more, where the list is endless.
The ultimate Personal Gentleman… An improbable Bristish spy.
Just few days before, we enjoyed the Penguin India trivia quiz held by our lovely host duo, Vidhya and Siddhi where we learnt many things about them and expressed our love for their publications.
So, in the same context , I found some interesting story about the founder of Penguin Random House, Allen Lane, which is worth sharing-
Whatever you like to read – trust Penguin.
It says –
He just wanted a decent book to read…
Not too much to ask, is it? It was in 1935 when Allen Lane, Managing Director of Bodley Head Publishers, stood on a platform at Exeter railway station looking for something good to read on his journey back to London. His choice was limited to popular magazines and poor-quality paperbacks – the same choice faced everyday by the vast majority of readers, few of whom could afford hardbacks. Lane’s disappointment and subsequent anger at the range of books generally available lead him to found a company and change the world.
” We believed in the existence in this country of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price and staked everything on it.”
Sir Allen Lane, 1902-1970, founder of Penguin Books.
So, this was what they believed in for the community of readers. And isn’t it so promising and comforting that this selfless thinking help establish such a vast network of publications under the name Penguin, across the world? Indeed!
So, here come my favourite titles from this Publishing house.
1. Three Thousand Stitches, Sudha Murty
I was in grade 9, which happened to be a turning point in my reading choices. This was the first most lesson in English literature which made me fall in love with the writer.
‘Is it not written in our scriptures that a teacher should be respected, irrespective of the gender and age?… I knew then that my student had passed with flying colours.’
And, I started reading her warm heartedly written books. Best part of her books, is the sharing of her own experiences in life.
‘I can give you many examples of people who have not studied much but have done well for themselves because they believed the could.’
The humblenessof her stories, the practicality, reality-inclined and motivating way of writing are some of the best part of this book! It has been such an inspiring read for me.
I wish ro read –
- The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories
- The Upside-Down King
- How the Sea Became Salty
- The Old Man And His God
- The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk
2.Susanna’s Seven Husbands (7 khoon maaf), our adorable Rusky!
India’s most beloved storyteller.
This novella, whos screenplay was made by Vishal Bharadwaj, was indeed a riveting read.
And I really wish to own many more of his books in my lifetime. Some of which includes –
- Coming Round the Mountain: In the Year of Independence
- Vagrants in the Valley
- Tales Of The Open Road
- Rusty Goes To London
and the list is endless…
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
I still have a special place in my heart for Noddy, Doraemon, Ninja Hatori and Shinchan, so my love for Children’s book comes by default.
My candle burns at both ends it will not last the night but at my toes and on my friends it gives a lovely light!
And for that, this author who knows children very well gets my applaud.
4. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
In the darkest days the lord puts in the best people into your life.
This book had really brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. And since then, it remaims my favourite among other John Green’s books.
His writing style makes you feel each and every word, takes you through an emotional rollercoaster and leaves you in tears with this heart-wrenching story of two cancer patients.
5. Catwoman, Sarah J. Maas
Firstly, the fierce hardcover caught my eyes.
It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has…
I am not a very big SJM fan, but this book from the DC Icons series where Super Hero Icons meet Megastar Author is my personal favourite. The role is Selina and her incarnation was brilliant.
6. Pax Indica, Shashi Tharoor
Being a history lover, one of my friend who was doing Phd. on Partition, gave me this book to read.
And the modern way of looking at India’s foreign policies with an aid of historical background is lively, informative and insightful.
Pax Indica – Indian Peace
7. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
All credits for this book going to my shelf goes to effective debating at the BookChor event🤣🤣😂😂!
“Magical and heartbreaking waterproof mascara essential” – one of the acclaim!
You need to read it! Just read it, take time, to understand the in-depth message rather than making spontaneous judgements on some sub-plots.
You get to laugh, sigh, and sob all in one stop book!
Along with it, After You and Still You had had so many fan lovers!
8. ARTEMIS FOWL series, Eoin Colfer ( pronounced ‘Owen’ by the way!)
Again, detective – giri at BookChor helped me find these two books from this series.
With the use of brilliantly witty writing style, breathless pace and cliffhanging humor, this book proved to be a sensational read in overall!
And don’t tell me, if you never tried to use the Gnommish Alphabets in your personal diary entries.😀😊
9. Turtles All The Way Down, John Green
Okay, so this book took some time to gain the pick-up, but yeah, it still gets a place on this list!
10. P. G. Wodehouse
Last year, this came also along l, giving me another spy-ish addition to my bookshelf!
So, that’s it I suppose! And I really wish to own the Ruskin Bond and Sudha Murty books from Penguin India.
Whatever you like to read – trust Penguin.
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