5This beautifully written novel by Harper Lee, is set in a small town Maycomb, Alabama during The Great Depression. She wrote just this one book which won her the Pulitzer Prize and eventually the Presidential Medal for Freedom. It is a much read and much loved all time classic.

When a colleague recommended me this book, he added that the narrator in this book was a 8-10 year old girl. I immediately ordered it online. And guess what, I can consider it the most worthwhile investment in books till date.

This book took me straight back to my childhood – summer vacation, school days, the knowing-so-little-but-asking-it-all phase and most importantly when I started getting an idea of the world the way it was.

This book eases the reader into the mind of a girl Scout Finch. Her father Atticus is a lawyer. The way Atticus controls his kids, his mannerisms, his values and most importantly his honesty and courage makes him a very admirable character. Jem, her brother,  is on the verge of hitting puberty. He keeps requesting Scout to not behave like a girl for half of the book and shouts her to act like a girl in the rest.

On one hand, Scout displays a strong foundation of values provided by Atticus whose actions are as good as his words. And on the other, she narrates events where racism , oppression and injustice prevail in her small and once peaceful town. She feels torn between good and bad, right and wrong and so will the reader. Throughout the book, the reader learns and grows along with Scout.

This book isn’t depressing… This book isn’t preachy… But it does teach us one thing:  though the world is prejudiced in its own ways, we can fight and overcome injustice. The book is magical enough to strengthen the ideology of innate goodness of human beings and that the world isnt that bad a place afterall.