My love affair with reading began at a young age when my aunt gifted me my first ever book (an Enid Blyton) on my birthday. Little did I know then that reading books would top my list of favourite hobbies.
The early part of my reading graph looks like a path well-trodden. A steady progress from The Famous Five to Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie to bestsellers.
It is only later that my reading took on the tones of being eclectic or probably bizarre (judging by the amused looks that I get when I rattle off names of books that I bought or am reading). In other words: literary fiction.
Just like music, certain books remind me of certain places and phases of my life. So the Ayn Rands remind me of the mind numbing, daze inducing Law lectures in degree college. The reason: I read in class on the backbench while the professor rambled.
P.G. Wodehouse books are a bond between my best friend in college (who introduced me to them), my husband (who enjoys the humour in them as much as I do) and London (a city and a way of life which always fascinates me). And so on and so forth.
Not to mention, I have a penchant for buying books at the drop of a hat. I have visited all major bookstores in the city umpteen times and feel quite uneasy if I leave a bookstore empty handed.
And since I am a financial analyst, I cannot resist saying that the ratio of books read to that bought shrinks by the week. In short, books are bought, shelves are then built, shelves are filled, many books read, many unread, some left half read.
While I find myself adapting to the wonders of the digital world, when it comes to books I have remained old fashioned. In other words, I still love books as physical objects, beautifully crafted – be it the cover, overall book design, paper quality, font…Oh and, who can resist the waft of paper? E-books and Kindle have not completely won me over.
I had been mulling over the thought of starting a blog for quite some time. I thought, Why not? After all, what better way to extend this hobby than by writing about books. And what’s more, it serves as an outlet for another hobby of mine: compiling lists – ones I have read, ones I plan to read, ones which are my favourites, ones which are half read……….