Travel Reads: Cambridge Book Depot, Mussoorie

Let’s cut to the chase. You are a Ruskin Bond fan and want to meet him. What do you do?  Reach Dehradun, rent a two-wheeler (INR 500-800/a day), take the two-hour drive to Mussoorie, and get to Cambridge Book Depot (CBD).  When? Bond used to come down to CBD between 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. … Read more

Short Story Reads: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Gifted with an elegance remeniscient of Anita Desai and glowingly compassionate, Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies (1999) still eminates with delicate, beautifully carved keen insights.  Indians living overseas are pivotal to most of the gathered tales.   A Temporary Matter is about five days of a one-hour power cut and how … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: Ten Best Books: A Selection of Memorable Book Condensations from The Reader’s Digest

My not-yet-battered secondhand copy  The Reader’s Digest monthly magazine editions from the early 1970’s to the mid-1990’s are a treasure trove of superlative, crisply edited, extremely engaging, relevant content.  I have never been a fan of their condensed books editions though, especially the abridged novels, but this 1992 edition is classic RD for the amazing … Read more