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The books keeping Sonam Kapoor, Anand Ahuja, and family busy during lockdown

Part-time fashionista, full-time reader

By Gargi Agrawal  July 15th, 2020

Fact: If Sonam Kapoor had not been an actor, she would have been a librarian, just so she could be around books all the time. An avid reader since childhood, she took to books in a bid to emulate mom Sunita Kapoor. “My mum is a reader. You always want to be like your mum. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this beautiful woman with big glasses is reading all the time. Maybe I should read, too.’ That’s how I started,” Sonam once told us.

Sonam’s been making the most of quarantine by reading as much as she can, and getting the whole Kapoor and Ahuja fam to also do so. She just shared the titles they’ve been hooked to in an Instagram post. Browse through:

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Currently reading: 50 Greatest Short Stories

Compiled by Terry O'Brien, 50 Greatest Short Stories is a fine selection of short stories from the world’s greatest writers of the same genre. If you’re someone who loves short fiction which can get over in one sitting, then this book is the one for you.

Anil Kapoor

Currently reading: Let Me Say It Now

Written by the renowned former police commissioner of Mumbai, Rakesh Maria, this book is a brave account of the officer. From the 1993 serial blasts to 26/11 terror attacks, he successfully steered these high-profile investigations, which also led to controversies. Through his book, Maria lets readers into his side of the stories built around him.

Sonam Kapoor

Anand Ahuja

Currently reading: My Gita

If you’ve been wanting to read the Gita, then this version by acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik should be your next pick-me-up. The book departures from the traditional verse by verse interpretation of the Gita. This version is easier to navigate for the contemporary reader through the author’s unique approach.

Sonam Kapoor

Rhea Kapoor

Currently reading: A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden

Eating greens can be tough when all you dream about is a pizza (especially in this lockdown). But thankfully, here’s your fix: Written in a simple style with colourful illustrations, April Bloomfield lists out recipes in this book which are seasonal, tantalizing and will put your greens to some good use. Yes, even broccoli.

Priya Ahuja

Currently reading: The Secret

A classic and the best-selling self-help book worldwide, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is based on the power of the law of attraction. The narrative will show you how positive thinking impacts your daily life in little ways.

Sonam Kapoor

Sunita Kapoor

Currently reading: The Forest of Enchantments

This book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a simple, beautiful retelling of the world’s greatest epic, The Ramayana. The author places Sita in the centre of the novel as the story is narrated from her perspective.

Sonam Kapoor

Sunil Ahuja

Currently reading: Ikigai, Little Book Of Hygge and The Art Of Simple Living

If you love self-help books, then add these books on your reading list. Ikigai by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia and The Art Of Simple Living by Shunmyo Masuno are packed with Japanese tips, tricks and Zen activities to lead a happy, calm and positive life. While Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking is filled with Danish secrets to happy living.

Photographs: Sonam Kapoor (Instagram)