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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Look Ma, my photos got published!

I am experiencing the sort of gratification that amateur photographers hope for. In the post today, came a book that I had forgotten all about – Synagogen. Die Schönsten Gotteshauser des Judentums. Don’t ask me what that means, because I … Continue reading

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Tagged: Indian Writing

Tagged by Madrasi Chick, I am forced to ponder about “Indian Writing”. I grew up in RK Puram. RK Puram, originally named Rama Krishna Puram is a huge development in South Delhi, meant for housing Central Government employees. As things … Continue reading

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R.I.P Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was not a man to be messed with. I read Slaughterhouse-Five at a slightly impressionable age. You know that age when you are genuinely impressed with authors. But the one piece that I keep returning to – for … Continue reading

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Paris thoughtlets: On cities, museums, souvenirs, fakes etc.

Like any other city driven and shaped for tourists, Paris is abundant with souvenir shops. I don’t quite know how to react to souvenirs. When I was working in India, we used to pick up local handicrafts. But over time … Continue reading

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Women, veils, religion and the bravest 13 year old in the world

Vidya sent me a link to a fabulous video at YouTube. It’s a part of a documentary called “A stranger in her city” by Khadija Al-Salami. al-Salami’s documentary follows a fabulous, spunky 13 year old girl – Najmia in Yemen. … Continue reading

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