There are books that make you smile. Books that make you laugh. Books that make you cry, books that make you think. And there are books that make you do all that and much more. Books that change the way you look at life. Books that leave something so beautiful with you, in you, that it can never be lost. Today I read one such book. The Little Prince by Saint Exupery. I picked up this little illustrated book at the Blossoms Book Fair. I don't know if I had heard about it before but there it lay, among all those books – tiny, yellow and lovable – looking like a children’s book. The blurb seemed interesting and it was priced humbly at Rs. 50. And so I brought it home. Now, when I think of it – if… If I had left it there, in the sea of other books, I would have never known what I had missed.
I am not going to review the book because such innocent beauty is not to be reviewed but experienced. And for that you simply must read it. I finished it on the bus, on my way and back from the library. It’s the kind of book you wish never ends. On the brighter side, you can always let your own imagination accompany the Little Prince into his world, when the story ends.
It’s about the little prince who leaves his own planet to explore the universe. He meets many interesting people on this journey and it is finally a fox on earth that reveals to him the secret of what is really important in life.
A few lines from the book that made me smile and think:
“All grown-ups were once children – although few of them remember it.”
“Grown-ups always need to have things explained.”
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
“Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much money does his father make?””
“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”
“One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform.”
“Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”
“For it is possible for a man to be faithful and lazy at the same time.”
“One only understands the things that one tames.”
And of course there’s the fox’ secret. But I implore you to read the book for it. We all know the secret already but sometimes it takes a tiny book or a little kid to remind us what it is. I may have misled you into believing that it is some sort of propaganda against adults. No. On the contrary, it takes all its readers, kids and adults, on a beautiful journey that oozes positivity and innocence.
I always feel “growing up” is equated with behaving in a “certain” way. And we all put up “certain” pretenses to look “sane” and “mature”, which is perfectly fine. But somewhere, we are all innocent little kids and it is important for each of us to get in touch with that lovable part of ourselves. It’s too beautiful to be lost. J
I hope I have given you enough gyaan to go and get that little gem of a book and read it. If you have already read the book, I am sure you loved it enough not to be bored by reading about it here. If you didn't like the book … well, we need to talk, buddy. We seriously need to talk.
PS: This is my 100th post! I just noticed it after publishing the post. Finally...century! I am so glad my 100th post is about such a beautiful book. Yay!
Have an awesome week, people!