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

Poetry Reads: Train Journey Bits #1 by Snehith Kumbla

Train journeys have given me many moments of joy, poise, scenery, conversations, and priceless window seat scenery views over three decades of an otherwise mundane existence. For a long time until my adolescence, I wanted to be a train engine driver. Every time I watch the train robbery scene in Sholay, I want to be in that last goods … Read more

Poetry Reads: Romance by WJ Turner

WJ Turner (1889-1946) grew up in Melbourne, he later moved to London where his first collection, The Hunter and other Poems (1916) was published. The book begins with his most famous and enduring work – Romance. The poem left me blank on first reading it in my preteens. Yet an image rose like a halo … Read more