April 23, 2018 14:17 IST

World Book Day 2018: These actors tell us about one book that changed their perspective on life

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Arunoday Singh: The book that changed my perspective on life was introduced to me by my middle school World Religion and Ethics teacher, Mr. John Chote. It was a collection of poems by Jalaluddin Rumi translated by Coleman Barks. I had always loved reading since I was a very little boy, and I had read widely and voraciously. But it wasn’t until that book, that I ever became aware of their ability to heal and comfort all the formless aches in our soul. It was until that book that I believed words could weave magic spells too.
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Richa Chadha: I read 'Autobiography of a Yogi' at a delicate time in my life, my father introduced me to it. I read a chapter on faith and something shifted in me. It was the first thick non fiction book I completed after starting. I ended up gifting lots of copies to friends. I refer to it many times in a year.
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Sumeet Vyaas: "Animal Farm by George Orwell changed the way I see the world and ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ by Haruki Murakami shaped the way I narrate a story (Pun intended)".
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Pankaj Tripathi: The book that influenced me the most is Raag Darbari by Shiv Lal Shukl. The side of my personality that is satirical and humourous grew in leaps and bounds once I read this book. There are so many other books as well. That is the beauty of book, every single one of them teaches you something or the other. राग दरबारी by श्री लाल शुक्लमेरा satirical और humour वाला साइड उभर इस किताब को पढ़ के। इसके अलावा कई किताबे है। हर किताब आपको कुछ ना कुछ तो सिखाती ही है.
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Ali Fazal: "Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The book is a conversation between a gorilla and a man. And it has to be read to be comprehended. It made me realise how unimportant the human species is. It talks about everything and yet nothing at all. Nothingness and fullness and their co existence. It was suggested to me by renowned stage director, Arghya Lahiri".