Sunday, December 07, 2008

The worm

I've bought a lot of books since I shifted to Gurgaon. At book fairs. At roadside pushcarts. At second hand shops. During sales periods at bookstores. During non-sales periods at bookstores.

And, until this weekend, I had no idea just how many I had. They were strewn all over the house. Within bags, under newspapers, behind sofas, inside drawers (not the clothing type). Several in their original packaging, unopened and (sacrilege, I know) unread.

But, with a little prodding from my flatmate, I spent several hours cleaning up my room... and the end result - bookwise - was supremely satisfying. My library, in all its diverse glory, was set. The books are a random selection of random genres. Some expensive, many ridiculously cheap. Some forbiddingly thick (big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (and bigger!)), most easily readable bites. And to be able to see my entire collection - meagre though it is in comparison to the one back home - in one place feels good :)

Life is, sometimes, about the little victories and the small joys.

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15 comments:

rosemilkinabottle said...

totally agree! :)

Vivek said...

Monty Python rocks :)

Vivek said...

Don't know how many will pick up on the reference though!

Krishnamurti said...

Wealth of Nations? you finished that? One is impressed!

Anonymous said...

Liar's Poker is contemporary :P

- Soundarya

Anonymous said...

Proud of you sweetheart :)

Nandini Vishwanath said...

I see Catch 22! :)

NIRMAL said...

Happy Bday !
Silver Jubilee bday!!

Burping said...

hey.. u got calvin!

AC said...

Hi all, VERY sorry I've been so unresponsive - haven't looked towards my blog at all for a couple of weeks now thanks to work.

AC said...

@Goach: I wish :( It's one of the (many) books I own and have longed planned to read, but have had trouble actually getting down to

@Anonymous: Whoa, lady, you can't cal me sweetheart and not tell me your name :)

AC said...

@Nirmal: Thank you, thank you :) Life doesn;t feel nay different on the other side of 25!

Amitabh said...

I recommend a visit to http://www.librarything.com. It allows you to create an index of your books. You can also display it on your blog.

By the way, from what I could see you have some good books. Good collection.

AC said...

Thanks Amitabh, will check it out!

meera said...

i know the feeling...i've just spent tons and tons on books this last year here!! but ofcourse...in a mall, spending that much money on books is the only thing i can excuse myself to spend on!!