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 says:

    Pears cyclopedia, maybe?

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  2. rads says:

    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.:)

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  3. neon says:

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

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  4. Twisted DNA says:

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

    I will send the address to mail the prize😛

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

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  6. mekhala says:

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

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  7. ila says:

    Dictionary???

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  8. Beks says:

    A guidebook – the lonely planet?

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  9. Lekhni says:

    I’d go with the New Testament.

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  10. Abi says:

    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 …

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  11. Vinod Khare says:

    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 …

    😀

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  12. Chandra says:

    Bible

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  13. Yashita says:

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

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  14. Shefaly says:

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

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  15. Aadisht says:

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

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  16. Ankur says:

    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’!!

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  17. mumbaigirl says:

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

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  18. Amit says:

    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?😀

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  19. Kavi says:

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

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  20. Vivek says:

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

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  21. Shefaly says:

    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.

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  22. Twisted DNA says:

    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.

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  23. 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.:)

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  24. WA says:

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

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  25. Yuva says:

    looks like dictionary

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  26. km says:

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

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  27. Nilu says:

    Tourist Guide.

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  28. hawkeye says:

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

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  29. Javits says:

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

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  30. Sunny says:

    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.😛

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