Thursday, June 23, 2005
It's MeMe time: Books!
I'm back from Delhi. It's been a lovely week.. a hectic one, at that. I hate to sound like a soggy ten year old diary, so I'm just going to skip through all the day-wise travelogue. Suffice to say: I saw things, I went places, I hogged like crazy, I made out some too. There you go: end of story.
Then, I came back, and saw that I'd been book tagged by Akshay. This meme shit is really tiresome, by the way, and though I'm going to answer this one, I'm begging everyone else to kindly pass my name by, if you ever have to nominate some poor hapless bugger on the way. This is my second meme, and I think that's way too many!
(Don't worry, Akshay, I still love you, though!)
But... I'm going to play around with this meme a bit, and I'm going to organise it accordng to my own lines. (Simply because I've forgotten the original one, and Akshay's blog takes ages to open, for some strange reason!)
Cheapest book ever bought: Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie. Bought from the pavements at Fort for a lovely price of Rs 65.
Most expensive book bought: Complete Omnibus of The Hitch Hiker's Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. I got it at a sale on Colaba, opposite Regal cinema. At Rs 565, it's actually a steal!
Last book bought: Delhi, by Khushwant Singh. It's supposed to be a story of human lives through the ages, with the city as the backdrop.
Longest book ever read: Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. Amazing book. Amazing pace. It can get sanctimonous at times, but it's well worth the length!
Shortest book ever read: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Short and sooooo sweet.
Wittiest book ever read: Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. Defies description, chauvnistic to the extreme.
Most painful book read: Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry. Too much sadness for my taste.
Book I was not able to finish (for whatever reason): The Great Indian Middle Class, by Pavan K Varma. I lasted three chapters.
Favourite book store: Landmark in Chennai and Calcutta, Oxford in Bombay and Calcutta, Om Book Shop in Delhi.
Cheapest book ever bought: Nancy Friday soft core porn. 10 Rs. on the Fort footpath.
Most expensive book bought: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Hardboound, leather edition) about 25000Rs.
Last book bought: Chesapeake by James Mitchener..my fav fiction author.
Longest book ever read: War and Peace. Had to keep going back to find out who was who.
Shortest book ever read: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint ExupÃ©ry. Short and sooooo sweet.
Wittiest book ever read: David Rakoff's Fraud. Cracked me up.
Most painful book read: A couple of stories from the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Book I was not able to finish (for whatever reason): Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. Super pretentious. And I dislike her philosophy.
Favourite book store: Strand Bookshop at Fort. I get the Konkani discount!
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