Let me gush about my new-found circulating library, first. Its a wet dream come true.
Tucked in a corner between the Bombay's lousiest lounge bar called P.U.L.S.E. and the HDFC Bank ATM on Hill Road, N/books, Sales & Library should immediately be declared a national treasure.
Charges are 150 per month, 1 book at a time and 250 bucks refundable deposit. You can change as may times as you wish. To a somewhat energetic reader like me, that works out to about 25 bucks per book.
And here is the list of the books I've borrowed so far :
- Artemis Fowl, The Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
- The Alchemy of Desire - Tarun Tejpal
- Franny & Zooey - JD Salinger
- Portrait of an artist as an old man - Joseph Heller
- The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
- Children of Hurin - JRR Tolkien
- Love in a Blue Time - Hanif Kurieshi
- Half Moon Investigations - Eoin Colfer
- Needful Things - Stephen King
- Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
- Maximum City - Suketu Mehta
Not your run-of-the-mill street corner kabadiwala cum circulating library, eh? In addition the books are in pristine, virtually new condition.I was actually thinking about not letting out this secret to anybody, but you know, what-the-hell ...
The book I am reading now is obviously the last one in that list. Hasn't quite made up my mind up on this one. Definitely better than Shantaram, definitely worse than Sacred Games. But overall, not very defining to a forced resident, like me.