Summer reading list for young adults
Magic of myth
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This is a book that I was inspired by when I did my play Draupadi-Will my Spirit Live On?. This re-imagining of the Mahabharata told from the point of view of Draupadi takes us back to the time. It is half history, half myth, and wholly magical!
History in the making
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
The historical novel was one of the first published accounts of the partition of India in August, 1947. It’s set in Mano Majra, a fictional border village where Muslims and Sikhs lived in a bubble and were surrounded by mobs of Muslims who hated Sikhs and vice versa.
A Cloud Called Bhura by Bijal Vachharajani
This thought-provoking, funny and inspiring story about the changing global climate and the havoc it can cause, as well as the forces of friendship, trust and community that give hope and will help counter this deadly threat to humanity.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is a dystopian novel in which the protagonist Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which children fight to the death. It is set in a futuristic country called Panem that’s divided into 12 districts and controlled by a Capitol.
An early start
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
In this book, Percy Jackson, a sixth-grader finds out he’s actually the son of the Greek god Poseidon. This introduction to Greek mythology is a must.
(Author bio: Shivani Wazir Pasrich is the founder of the Commonwealth Cultural Forum. She’s also an actor, compere and a mother of two!)
From HT Brunch, June 7, 2020
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