Books

Not a quick read

When I first met the man who is now my husband, he was so impressed by the speed with which I devoured books that he thought he would impress me by taking me shopping for books. We came back home in a cab, with four cartons of books, a huge grin firmly fixed on my […]

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… Now a major motion picture

It seems as if it is the superhero genre that dominates the graphic novel made movie category. And I didn’t really think about it much before. I have for long believed that books cannot, should not be made into movies. But I am willing to make some exceptions. I really did enjoy Iron Man, V […]

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A letter from a concerned parent

Deepika Mital, a well-read lady, and mother of two, sent in this letter yesterday. I believe each reader can offer Deepika some recommendations and/or words of sympathy 🙂 Any magazine / newspaper worth its views will constantly lament that the reading habit is a dying tradition, or at least in its bi-annual features. But why […]

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More than just an author

Sometimes authors do more than just write books. Isaac Asimov was a professor of biochemistry, Graham Greene was a spy, Daniel Defoe ran a brick factory… And Yann Martel sends one exceptionally good book every second Monday to the Prime Minister Stephen Harper ‘to make suggestions to his stillness’ . I found this endeavour so […]

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2010

In a nutshell, I was both hugely disappointed, and pleasantly surprised by the fest. The JLF (which was held from 21-25 January this year) changed the way I will read books, shop for them, and think about authors. But, I do wish that there had been more space, more time between events to chat with readers, and more […]

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Bookmarks and where to keep them, and the third giveaway!

I have a very annoying habit when it comes to bookmarks. I get cranky if my bookmark is moved, but I often don’t mark my place when I am reading. If, for instance, I am reading a book, and I happen to close it, say 10 times through the entire read, I mark my place […]

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