As each day passes by at its leisure, the excitement of an approaching Mother’s Day is reaching new heights. A mother being what she is – the greatest influence in our lives – she deserves a gift she shall always cherish. In other words, it does not have to be expensive at all, but the gift should be something significant. Here are seven books, which we think make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
In the Name of Honour – A Memoir: This book is narrated by Mukhtaran Bibi (a.k.a Mukhtar Mai) herself, a Pakistani peasant woman, she was condemned by her village tribal council in 2002 to be gang-raped. The punishment was an ‘honour revenge’ provoked by a false accusation that her 12 years old brother, Shakur, had seduced an older woman. After the rape incident, instead of succumbing to the public humiliation, Mukhtar Mai decided to fight for her honour and dignity and for many others like her.
God of Small Things: In this Pulitzer winning book, Arundhati Roy tells the story of childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws.” It is must read book as it gives a description of how the small things in life affect people’s behaviour and their lives.
My Sister’s Keeper: One of the most notable works by Jodi Picoult, this heartwarming story examines what it means to be a ‘right’ parent, a ‘perfect’ sister and a ‘good’ person. It makes one think whether it’s morally correct to do whatever it takes to save one child’s life, even if that means violating the rights of another?
Beloved: Beloved’s main character, Sethe, kills her daughter and tries to kill her other three children as well in order to protect them from slavery. In this book, Tony Morrison tells the story of Sethe’s strong maternal instincts, which affects her and her surviving daughter, Denver, in every possible way.
The Palace of Illusions : Told from the point of view of Paanchali (Draupadi), this book recounts the tale of the Mahabharata in more vibrant colours. It takes the reader through Draupadi’s journey of life from the moment she was born. However, this Draupadi is anything the obedient wife of the five Pandavas. Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni depicts her as the strong willed, independent woman, who believes she can change her destiny.