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5 books I love
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurie
One Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
A book that made an impact
To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read the book when I was 13 and have read it several times since.
The character of Atticus Finch left a deep impression on me. He was a common citizen, father, neighbour, lawyer and statesman who stood up for what he believed was right, even if it went against public opinion. “Your children are mini adults, they need to know what they need to know,” says Atticus and he was an exemplary father. He was firm but fair and always looking for an opportunity to expand his children’s empathy, impart a bit of wisdom, and help them become good people.He also let his kids be themselves and nurtured their unique personalities.
What I learnt from Atticus Finch (among other things) was to be nonjudgmental. As he stated,“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
More about Priya Agarwal
After 12 years in advertising, Priya joined the social sector and has lead organisations like The Akanksha Foundation and SNEHA.