Books, Cities, and Stories.

Sixteen years before man landed on Moon, Tintin had already shown us what the moon looked like. Julius Verne took us Around The World In Eighty Days at a time when people hardly ever left their homes; closer home The Ramayana and Mahabharata showed us not only parts of India but also foreign lands. Books …

My Bond with Ruskin Bond

Have you ever wept while reading a book? Not because you have fallen in love with the hero and he is dead, or because the heroine has cancer and she may not live – but, because the words have touched your soul. Have you sobbed after a book has ended? Have you ever agonized over …

Of Mr. Bond and I, on His Birthday.

This is one of my earliest pieces of writing. I had written it only for myself on my now redundant blog. Putting it here for his birthday. The last few days were tough, there were thick clouds of uncertainty, darkness of despair and gloom of loneliness. The feeling enveloped me soon after a fairly good …

Things To Do in Allahabad

Ride along the Yamuna. “You have come at the right time, the river is best experienced in the morning.” Ramlal, the old boatman launches into a soliloquy, as soon as we get onto his boat. His sturdy though old boat is one of the hundreds that line the ghat and ferry people to Sangam, the …

Bruges: A Fairytale Land Like None Other

If fairytales were real, they would have been set in Bruges. And if they weren’t, they’d come alive after witnessing the beauty of Bruges. “Since there are so many of you on the boat, I should tell you that Bruges has become very popular with the Indian tourists for the past few years, since a …

Books That Changed My Life — Or So It Seems

Come December, everyone and everything reminds you what you don't want to be reminded of: that you have lost another year. As if the calender is not enough, now you have facebook too. Just as I logged in to my account this evening, there was a prompt telling me to review the year gone by. …

My Books and I

My love affair with books began very late in life. In my 30s to be precise. Until then they had been passing acquaintances, the kinds you'd spend a few minutes with while waiting for the kids at the bus-stop, but never invite home. It is not as though I did not try to read. In …