Project Cross Borders

Welcome to the Page where I will be updating the books I have read from each of the 193 countries in the world that are recognised by the United Nations.

Project Cross Borders would allow me to be a part of each country. At the end of the day, don’t books transport you to the world they are based on? I’d be able to see the world through a different pairs of eyes.

Doesn’t it feel amazing? To virtually be a part of every country in the world… If you look at it, I get to keep thoughts, ideas and mindsets of atleast one person of each country. The best part is that I would have made a connection with folks across Borders which would not be easy to travel to. But well, let’s keep that thought at the back of our heads and try travelling to each country on the charter!

So here is the journey I have embarked upon through the eyes of books and their authors and the people around them through countries in Alphabetical order.

Current Count: 10/ 193 countries

Last Updated: 15 October 2020

Afghanistan – The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a story about Amir from a rich household in Kabul who had to flee to USA after serious political unstability in Afghanistan who had to go back to Afghanistan in the name of friendship.

This is a beautifully written book that plays with your emotions and leaves you wanting a little more!
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 27 July 2020

Antigua and Barbuda – Lucy | Jamaica Kincaid

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid is a story about a teenage girl who moves to North America from the West Indies (Antigua and Barbuda) and works as a care taker in an upscale home.

This is a story where she moves from her home and slowly realises the cracks in the perfect lives of people she lives with and compares them with her life back in her country. This is a journey of questioning the very basics of lifestyles, parenting and looking at the world through a whole new lens.
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 26 September 2020

Austria – Man’s Search For Meaning | Viktor E Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning is a memoir of Viktor E Frankl who narrates his experience in the Nazi Death Camps and finding a path to spiritual survival and finding meaning to life even in the dire circumstances.

He further went on to devise his own theory called Logotherapy where he believes that a man is always in the pursuit of meaning in his life and not just pleasure.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 31 March 2020

Brazil – DayTripper | Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba

Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba is a graphic novel set in Brazil which is the story of Brás de Oliva Domingos who dreams of being a successful author while working as an Obituarist.

The story bring out Brazilian culture and talks about death, which brings out the importance of life and acceptance of it.
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 21 January 2020

Czech Republic – The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (originally written in German) is a story about Gregor Samsa who wakes up to find himself transformed as a huge insect, ugly and numerous legs and ends up being the cause of doom and disgrace to his family.

The story is about his isolation, loneliness while restricted to a life in a single room where the tiniest forms of human interactions were the biggest joys in his life.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 10 May 2020

France – Happening | Annie Ernaux

Happening by Annie Ernaux (Originally L’Evénement) translated by Tanya Leslie is a memoir of the author who undergoes and abortion when abortion in France was illegal.

The story takes you through the entire experience of what it was, the lives duringt hose days, the social pressures written with absolute honesty and is a must read being lesser than 100 pages.
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 11 August 2020

India – Godan | Munshi Premchand

Godan (which means Donation of a cow in English) by Munshi Premchand originally written in Hindi is a story about Hori, a poor Indian farmer who wishes to fulfil his dream of owning a cow which is a symbol of wealth.

The story is a literary masterpiece with a beautiful, gut wrenching narrative weaving through poverty, struggle, respect and survival while the engaging in the lives of the rich and their relationship with the poor.
This is a must read!
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 23 June 2020

Japan – Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (originally: ノルウェイの森 written in Japanese) is a not so ordinary story about an ordinary student Toru and his life with Naoko post the death of his best friend Kizuki.

This book deals with the dependencies of life, relationships, death and life. This coming of age story talks about the Japanese culture which has been in harmony with that of the west through music as well.
You can find my review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 3 June 2019

Norway – Nemesis | Jo Nesbo

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (Originally: Sorgenfri written in Japanese and translated by Don Bartlett) is about Detective Harry Hole of the Crime Department at Oslo who works on a series of murders and bank robberies plaguing Oslo while being framed for a murder in parallel.

This book with a great plot is gripping takes us on a journey of crime through the streets and localities of Oslo with beautiful descriptions that you could taste the Norwegian winds on your face!
You can find my Review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 10 July 2020.

South Africa – Born A Crime | Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a memoir which is a story of a child born a crime illegally to a white father ad a black mother through his journey as a host to the Daily Show!

The book talks about apartheid and his life through those times, his relationships, capitalist ideas and the love for his mother in times of change through the freedom in South Africa.
Find it on Goodreads.
Date Read: 15 March 2020.

Current Count: 10/ 193 countries

Last Updated: 15 October 2020

Books I’ll be reading

  1. Russian Federation – A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
  2. South Korea – The Vegetarian | Han Kang
  3. Chile – Ways of Going Home | Alejandro Zambra
  4. Germany – Perfume | Patrick Süskind

I have also been working on books from each state of India. You can head over to Project India, to find out books that speak volumes about the heritage and plethora of cultures in India.

You can find the list of the books I intend to read and those I have read on Goodreads.

It would be great if you could recommend books to me so that I can add them to my list and read them, helping me to reach this goal! Please do drop your recommendations in the Comments!

With that,
More Power to you!

Kushal!
#Peace


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