International Book Giving Day: Celebs reveal what books they would gift

Feb 12, 2016, 09:45 IST | Dhara Vora

In the run up to International Book Giving Day this Sunday, familiar faces list books they would like to gift

Tusshar Kapoor (actor)

Tusshar Kapoor

I would like to gift Sidney Sheldon’s Master Of The Game to my mum because the story is centred on the power and strength of a woman and her victories against all trials and tribulations.

Esha Gupta (actress)

Esha Gupta

I would like to gift Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl to all kids. It should become mandatory in schools. The story weaves in the importance of humility very beautifully. Kids should be taught to stay humble and it does it subtly.

Manish Paul (anchor and actor)

Manish Paul

I would like to gift The Secret by Rhonda Byrne to all the strugglers. In our industry, everybody struggles a lot every day, and a lot of people are trying to make it big. Many have low confidence levels. I think the book has a lot of power; people should read it and believe in it. The book helped me too.

Krishna Mehta (fashion designer)

Krishna Mehta fashion designer

There are so many books that I would like to gift. I would love to gift books by Kahlil Gibran, especially The Prophet. To my daughter (Natasha Mehta), I would give A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, and to my daughter-in-law (Riddhi Mehta), I would give The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. They are the two favourite women in my life and I would like them to absorb what I have learned from these books. The Fountainhead has the architect as the protagonist and is something I can relate to.

Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament and author)

The Mahabharata, perhaps, along with a copy of my book, The Great Indian Novel, which was inspired by the Mahabharata. I would like to gift it to any aspiring young Indian politician because of its own claim that ‘Whatever is here is found elsewhere. But what is not here, is nowhere else’.

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