Di­wali Reads

HT Cafe - - LIFESTYLE - Piyush Jha

Di­wali is known as the fes­ti­val of lights and is as­so­ci­ated with great cheer and cel­e­bra­tions with fam­ily and friends. It’s in no way con­nected to books. But just out of cu­rios­ity, I googled the two words to­gether, Di­wali and Books.

To my sur­prise, I found that there are many books ex­plain­ing what Di­wali is. Th­ese are mostly tar­geted at NRI kids or for­eign read­ers. Th­ese give the back­ground of what the fes­ti­val is about, why it’s cel­e­brated, and how to have fun with it. But what I didn’t find were books one could read dur­ing this Di­wali sea­son.

That got me think­ing. Since Di­wali is the fes­ti­val where we wor­ship god­dess Laxmi, a nat­u­ral fit would be some good old mythol­ogy books to dip into. Lak­shmi: The God­dess of Wealth And For­tune by Dev­dutt Pat­tanaik and Hindu God­desses by David Kins­ley would per­haps be the apt choices to start off with. An­other as­pect of god­dess Lak­shmi is how she is as­so­ci­ated with wealth. So, per­haps books on some of the world’s great­est wealth cre­ators like War­ren Buf­fett or Dhirub­hai Am­bani or even a word of ad­vice from Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich or from Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad poor Dad would help. Di­wali is also a fes­ti­val where a lot of Mithai (sweets) is gifted so per­haps cook­ery books with Mithai recipes could be a good Di­wali read for home­mak­ers.

My choice would be books by celebrity chefs like San­jeev Kapoor and Tarla Dalal. There’s also one on ve­gan Di­wali Mithais by Richa In­gle. And for the men who as­so­ciate Di­wali with play­ing card games, there are a plethora of books for sharp­en­ing your skills at poker, rummy or bridge.

But in­ter­est­ingly, I couldn’t find a sin­gle book on the Di­wali favourite teen patti. So, this is a Di­wali tip for au­thors look­ing to write a self-help book that will make them loads of money.

Last but not least, there is a flip to Di­wali, which we all tend to ig­nore. It is the air and noise pol­lu­tion caused by the fire­crack­ers. In this re­gard, I rec­om­mend the re­cent book How to Grow Fresh Air by Ka­mal Meat­tle and Barun Ag­gar­wal. Here, In­dia’s top ex­perts teach you how to beat air pol­lu­tion at an in­di­vid­ual level.

So this year, along with the lights let’s con­sider mak­ing Di­wali about en­rich­ing the world by en­light­en­ing our minds and in­creas­ing our wealth of knowl­edge too.

(Top) How to Grow Fresh Air by Ka­mal Meat­tle and Barun Ag­gar­wal; (Above) Dev­dutt Pat­tanaik’s Lak­shmi: The God­dess of Wealth And For­tune

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