My love for books started with the Jane Austen collection, thereafter books like Wild Swans, A Fine Balance and Shantaram, I also read the entire Harry Potter collection. Novels transported me to another era, another world, another place. They made me travel and imagine. But more than anything, they made me fall in love with words, description, the English language. And then I wrote a novel which I haven’t (yet) published!
I also attended book and literature festivals, talks by authors – a part of me thought it might be easier to get published if I listened to and hung out with authors! And now, I’ve just yesterday returned from the Emirates literature festival in Dubai, a festival that I once attended when I lived in Dubai. I hosted the opening event of the festival, a beautiful yoga brunch with yoga teacher Melanie Swan in Dubai. The chefs at Intercontinental Festival City cooked the recipes from my book – and so the brunch was filled with colourful sharing plates from Saffron Soul. And on the following day, I had my session, a talk discussing healthy living and Indian-inspired food, my journey back to wellbeing and how the book came about.
Here’s a few books I’ve read recently, and others that I’m about to start!
Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell
This book is as eye-opening and powerful as it is heartbreaking. Poorna’s story makes us understand, through her own journey of learning, the reality of mental health and what it is like living with depression day-to-day. It’s a beautiful ode to her husband and a book that really brings to life the stigma attached to mental health.
Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton
Totally loved reading this book! Dolly has a way of making you feel like you know her, you’re her friend – it’s such a relatable book. Funny and heartwarming, this is a great holiday read!
Selfie by Will Stor
Who are we and how did we become that person? How does our history, the history of mankind in different parts of the world, affect our sense of ourself. How does that differ in the East and in the West?
BOOKS I’m about to read:
Gene Eating by Giles Yeo
I met Dr Giles Yeo last week and heard him speak. I’m fascinated by his research into diets, how genes affect us and why we need to change and improve our relationship with food but understanding food better.