While your collection might be plentiful in several genres, and romance, fiction, thriller, comedy, drama, etc. adorn the shelves of your personal library- autobiographies are not yet out of taste. And never out of fashion. There’s an enticing charm in unraveling the life of another person- by reading through their autobiography. There are several autobiographies that have over time become a ‘word-of-the-mouth’. And each one offers you a different taste of life. Some might be based on the roads less traveled while some might be about personal leanings and experiences in life.
Here is a list of the five autobiographies that are a must read! And you totally are missing out on great reading apparatus- if you haven’t gone through them.
- Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl
This book is the work of Annelies Marie, better known as Anne Frank. She was a victim of the world war two holocaust. What Anne penned down as her personal feelings in a diary took the form of a popular autobiography after her death. It is now the bible of wartime literature and has become a classic read. It is an essential read- as it gives you an insight into the life of Jews during the era of the political chaos. ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ is indeed a heart rendering account.
- Malala Yousafzai – I Am Malala
The brave heart who stood up for education and was threatened and shot by Taliban, Malala Yousafzai- is more than just an inspiration for women of the world. ‘I Am Malala’ is the account of the youngest Nobel peace prize winner and what all struggles she has gone through, to fight for her rights. It celebrates the spirit of ‘never giving up’.
- Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf
Was Hitler an absolute notorious dictator, was he entirely responsible for the infamous holocaust, is he to be entirely stained for all his infamous deeds? Many of these questions seek an answer from the perspective of the man, who was blamed for them. To get a better understanding of this charismatic leader’s anti-Semitic views and the path he trod on, this autobiography is a must read.
- Bob Dylan – Chronicles: Volume One
A memoir which was written by the popular American musician Bob Dylan- ‘Chronicles: volume one’ gives music lovers a sneak peek into his life. Dylan in his autobiography takes the readers through the lanes of New York, nightlife, parties, transient love affairs, temporary infatuations and friends that supported him throughout. It is an intensively personal account of a celebrity and what chiseled his art.
- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – Wings of Fire
What is it like to be the president of a nation? A man who belonged to a less educated family and grew up to become a scientist and then the Statesman of India, ‘Wings of Fire’ is a breathing story of struggle, resilience, and perseverance. It is about the will to chase one’s dreams. A man of iron grit and will- the lessons from his life are there to stay.
It is rightfully said that “All art is autobiographical”. To read about the lives of other people and draw inspiration from it, is the best form of polishing yourself as a human being. There are several autobiographies that adorn the libraries and book galleries, but these five can be the kickstart to your success story!
Nakshatra is a poetry enthusiast pursuing Journalism Honours. For her, writing is not just a passion, it is an escape, a belief, and a way of living. Music is one of her favourite hobbies and the source from which she derives massive inspiration for her writings. Reading never fails to be on her to-do list.