Category Archives: Books

A random memory – HigginBotham’s at Madras Central

At Madras Central (or Chennai Central as you young ones call it) in the 1980s, I looked forward to buying books at HigginBotham’s. It was the beginning of the journey back home. The last 36 odd hours on a train … Continue reading

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3 months with my Kindle

A few months ago I was grappling with the idea of an e-reader. Almost immediately after, I ended up ordering the Kindle. Looking back, all that drama was so pointless. Once I got the Kindle, I couldn’t put it down. … Continue reading

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The Bookshelf Dilemma

I have too many books. There are many that I wouldn’t bother reading a second time. There are some that are very dear to me. The books that I have, I want to keep. But what about new ones? How … Continue reading

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Plot for world domination – 1

This is my plan. I am going to move next door to this person. Sneak in through the window. Borrow books, read them and keep them back without the author of that blog ever suspecting a thing. Or I’ll save … Continue reading

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One confession and a wonderful find

Confessions make sense only if you know the real nature of the sin. So here’s it. At one point in time, I read every available book in the Sweet Valley High series. I don’t know why. I am considerably ashamed … Continue reading

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When Doris said Oh Christ!

The world would be wonderful if more people were as flippant as her. Doris Lessing is told that she won the Nobel Prize for Literature and she looks part annoyed and part tired. Lessing later said she thought the cameras … Continue reading

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On being Offended and Taslima Nasrin

There’s something so disturbing about this incident. When you read these words A group of 20 All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) workers, led by MLAs Afsar Khan, Ahmed Pasha and Mozum Khan, stormed the Press Club premises and raised slogans … Continue reading

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