What is she reading?

Spotted on the Bakerloo Line today. A woman reading. With intense concentration. I have no idea what she was reading. On the comments on flickr, a couple of people are guessing it’s a dictionary, but given that she was reading it for over fifteen minutes, I have my doubts. Though I’ve known people who’ll happy plonk themselves with a dictionary and remain absorbed in it for a few hours.

There’s something interesting about the Bakerloo Line. I’ve always seen some very interesting characters on that particular tube line. Plus the name itself – BakerLoo – makes me laugh everytime.

Anyhow, what do you think she’s reading?

Reading on the Bakerloo

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32 Responses to What is she reading?

  1. Nandita

    Pears cyclopedia, maybe?

  2. Either a bible or a dictionary. Could be an almanac of sorts too.
    Maybe she was taking a test on something and cramming it in. *okay, that was a stretch, but still.. *

    lol@bakerloo. :)

  3. Hearing Piccadilly line on the train always made me laugh. ‘You are on the Piccadilly line…last stop is Cockfosters’…lol

  4. The Pocket Oxford Dictionary
    This: http://the2win.com/images/dic.jpg

    I will send the address to mail the prize :P

  5. Hey, I’ve seen a Complete Works of Shakespeare that looks remarkably like the book in the photograph… I’d go with Shakespeare!

  6. it could be one of those poetry anthologies with poets appearing in alphabetical order…

  7. ila

    Dictionary???

  8. Beks

    A guidebook – the lonely planet?

  9. I’d go with the New Testament.

  10. Abi

    Two columns in each page, page-edge tab marks that keep going down, a few long paragraphs interspersed with lots of short ones (and some appear to be just a single line).

    Definitely a dictionary.

    Must be a very good one …

  11. Two columns in each page, page-edge tab marks that keep going down, a few long paragraphs interspersed with lots of short ones (and some appear to be just a single line).

    Definitely a dictionary.

    Must be a very good one …

    :D

  12. Yashita

    It’s definitely an Oxford Dictionary. I love reading dictionaries too…keeps me occupied for hours and hours!

  13. Lonely Planet(more likely) than Dictionary but these are my two guesses.

  14. Once, a guy next to me on the Kandivali-Bandra bus read the Oxford Hindi-English dictionary the entire way.

  15. Ankur

    There is definite proof that she is reading the Oxford Dictionary.
    If you carefully notice the edges of the left and right covers of the book (one cover is parallel to the ground and the other is vertical), you will notice green and red markings, which are in sync with the markings on any Oxford. I presume that should solve the case of the ‘Unidentifiable Book’!!

  16. I was going to say Bible but then changed my mind to dictionary-because of the red line on the cover.

  17. Though I’ve known people who’ll happy plonk themselves with a dictionary and remain absorbed in it for a few hours.

    I used to do that in school days; a dictionary can be an interesting read if one is looking to enhance vocabulary – so many new words that one can come across! :)

    I’ve seen a Complete Works of Shakespeare that looks remarkably like the book in the photograph… I’d go with Shakespeare!

    I own one of those, a 60 year old edition that belonged to my grandfather! And the book in the photo above though looks like that but I very much doubt its the same.

    My guess is that she’s reading a dictionary, an Oxford disctionary. Why Oxford dictionary? Well I can see green & red colours on the edges of the front cover! :)

    So, what do I win? :D

  18. Looks like a dictionary. But wonder why !?! Perhaps a theasarus of some sort !

  19. Bible or some religious text…save that, dictionary seems a good option, if she’s a student preparing for the IELTS or TOEFL exams

  20. Yesterday, I noticed that a reference book in German language, on Indian Mythology looks the same as this book – hard bound, alphabetical marking like a dictionary on the side, two columns on each page.

    So now my official submission to the question is – who knows? :-) It could be she is reading that or some other similar reference book. It would be far more interesting than a dictionary and afaik, Lonely Planet does not come in hardback and she is reading a hardback definitely.

  21. Nice try folks, but look at the green and red bands on the cover. They match with the Pocket Oxford Dictionary. So I get to win the D60.

  22. Wow! I think we’ll stick to the dictionary then! But the range of possibilities is astounding. I wonder if the woman realizes what a minor commotion she caused somewhere on the planet. :)

  23. WA

    ROTFL. You ought to stop spending so much time on the Bakerloo line, honestly

  24. looks like dictionary

  25. km

    It’s the print edition of the Micro-condensed Wikipedia (abridged edition),

  26. Learn Kanda Shashti Kavacham in 30 days (With annotated explanations for difficult words).

  27. It has to be a Dictionary or a Bible!! :D Love the pic, and that new lens of yours btw.

  28. One last piece of conclusive evidence going for the Oxford Dictionary… The black marks that run diagonally through the page ends when you see the book sideways. :-P