Books of 2014

Here are the books that gave the tone to my year in 2014. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Hubby surprised me with a hardcover copy of this precious pile of words. My magic realism fetish is always in orgasmic awe with Neil Gaiman. Both the child and adult in me were delighted by this treasure of complex simplicity, and friendship. 

Lettie shrugged. ‘Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.’
— Neil Gaiman

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

A major part of my year was devoted to the study of the Yoga Sutras. This year alone, I read four different renderings of this ancient text, none of which were as clear as Panditji’s book. Granted, this work only covers the first chapter. Edwin Bryant’s rendering wins the all-inclusive, most-exhaustive rendering, while Matthew Remski’s Threads of Yoga wins as the most subversive and thought-provoking.  

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I picked this book up while stranded at the airport. It took the blues and impatience away within the first few pages. What a gripping tale! In a nutshell, the life and extraordinary endeavours of Alma Whittaker took me all around the world, at a time when women really didn’t have many options. Alma defied all the rules, almost unknowingly, and that’s what makes her such an amazing protagonist. So so well-written and researched. I renewed with my love for historical novels. 

Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley

Here’s a book that deserves to be on the reference shelf. If there were such a thing, this would be the all-dressed book of ayurveda and yoga. It will get you started and well-prepared to keep up with your yogi-talk, and provide you with some valuable practices and knowledge to cultivate balance and well-being. 

Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton

Now this is a book I keep going back to. I love the stories of the Goddesses, and everything they represent. I regularly have flings with some of them. Each one of the Goddesses chosen by Sally Kempton in this book has great gifts for the modern woman. We are a sum total of them all, and each one supports us in different ways and at different times in our life. Sarasvati supports my writing, while Dhumavati reminds me to surrender and embrace what will be. Durga gives me strength and courage, while Tripura reminds me that women can be both fierce and beautiful.