Hari Krishnan Prasath aka @theobviousmystery is a 27-year-old MBA graduate who has made for himself a career in Marketing. And he uses his Instagram account to talk about all things books!

The thrill of reading and finishing a book is something that cannot be described in words. Experiencing what the author’s mind has wrought into the pages of a book; feeling emotions that are difficult to replicate in real life, witnessing realities that are impossible yet exist within one’s mind, we can go on and on about these proclivities that books bring into the parameters of our thoughts. Instead, we asked Hari Krishnan Prasath to recommend something we can read in January 2022!

When Hari is not sifting through data to determine the right approach for a marketing campaign, he’s lounging in his favorite chair, sipping on hot coffee, and reading his current favorite book. When we asked him why he does what he does, Hari said that his primary intention of running the blog is to encourage more people to pick up books for the right reasons.

And here’s what he suggested for the month!

Anthem by Noah Hawley – A cast of teenagers help defend against a number of adversaries, from a widespread mental health crisis years after the outset of the coronavirus pandemic to a malevolent man resembling Jeffrey Epstein.

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara – Yanagihara, the editor of T Magazine and the author of “A Little Life,” imagines alternate Americas, the first in 1893, when the country consists, post-Civil War, of separate territories, another in 1993 when a Hawaiian man living in New York reckons with his past as the city confronts H.I.V. and the third in 2093 when America is beset by pandemics and authoritarian rule.

The Starless Crown by James Rollins – An alliance embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the secrets of the distant past and save their world in this captivating, deeply visionary adventure.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Postmodern literature)The History of Love is a book about the exploration and the journey of love across time, age, distance, and mind. I strongly resonate with the commonality across the story that exists in the form of a book and at its core, words. It explores and experiments with different nuances of narrations while telling a common story. The first narration is through that of an elderly man, a locksmith, and an occasional writer by the name of Leo Gursky. The second narrative is the journal entries of a teenage girl by the name of Alma Singer. Alma is pushed into a corner of grief after her father passes away and her mother sinks further into a quagmire of depression. The third narrator gives us an omniscient view of how the common thread, a book within the book, connects Alma and Leo and came into existence. The History of Love is a book that you cannot help but fall in love with.

Piranesi by Suzanne Clarke (Speculative Fiction) – I think the best way to describe Piranesi is to call it a magnificent, lyrical portal to another, another world, full of awe, full of surprises, and full of mystery. It’s a tale that pulls you into its many statued halls right at the beginning and blesses you with beautiful imagery of a world that constructs itself with the words and actions of our titular protagonist, Piranesi. Solitude, Acceptance, Devotion, Betrayal, Creation, this book has it all. Piranesi is a perfect book to read with a friend!

Good Talk by Mira Jacob (Non-Fiction: Memoir) – It isn’t an easy experience, growing up as a colored minority in the United States of America. There are many hurdles, both outside the family and within that need to be overcome just to get a semblance of what it means to be really a part of that country. Mira Jacob, through her graphic memoir, illustrates various instances of racism, sex, love, and familial bonds. Through her quick wit, wonderful illustrations, and real conversations, Mira delivers a powerful book that she hopes would leave an answer for her mixed-race son and every other minority like him. This is one book that would take less than a day to finish but stay with you for years to come.

Blue Skinned Gods by SJ Sindhu (Contemporary Fiction)Blue Skinned Gods is easily one of the best books that I have had the privilege of reading. It adopts a non-linear narrative to tell us the story of a blue-skinned child who is believed to be the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu and bestowed all the responsibilities that come along with the title. The book tells his story and dives deep into various aspects that have come to govern our modern-day society. It is nothing short of a masterpiece!

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Mystery / Literary Fiction) – At a very skeletal view, Drive your Plow seems like a whodunit murder mystery, but the nerves and muscles grow in, giving the readers something bigger. With witty humor, our protagonist Janina waltzes us through the story, explaining her humorous theories about the world around her, managing the chaos that blooms within her mind through the study of star charts and translating William Blake. She believes in naming people based on their intentions and actions and comes up with unique nicknames such as Oddball, Dizzy, Good news, and others. When she finds her neighbor dead, a journey begins for Janina. With subsequent murders of hunters happening, Janina is almost convinced that the animals around the village are finally exacting their vengeance. To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. Olga’s wit and Antonia Lloyd-Jones’ accurate translation of it blew me away. The path that the plot takes, from beginning to end is a testimony to Olga’s storytelling!

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