Book of the week: To Kill A Mocking Bird

I am yet to read up few classics and this book was one on the list for a long long time. The book in one word — Love. This book is pure love. I lapped it up in few hours of a Sunday where I was supposed to learn something else. Priorities.

Harper Lee created an entire life of a child in my head. It reminded me of my childhood questions to my mother about segregation of people based on class and caste. And the way Atticus has explained it to his children, it was like cold water pouring on my heart. And somehow I kept imagining Will Poulter as Dill the entire time I was reading the book.

The book painted a picture so vivid in my head. Scout is one of my favourite characters in a book, close to Roark in the Fountainhead. The way the character of Jem and Scout progressed throughout the book, from immature children with little understanding about the world, to two different individuals with different views yet same values.

My learnings from the book were to see the world like children. And to be like Atticus, same as the court room as in streets. And the way he raised the curiosities of children instead of quelling them with an aura of authority. Children see the world as black and white, and as we grow up, we start seeing it in shades of grey. But we should never stop seeing it through the eyes of children, for we never know how colourful things might actually be.

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