a few minutes ago
I’m re-reading A Suitable Boy. Something I do every 3-4 years. It’s a slightly crazy compulsion of mine. I’ve been re-reading this book since I was 14, the first copy being my mother’s who is ardently in love with that genius being Vikram Seth, as am I (although I think Siddhartha Mukherjee is in close running for mom’s literary affections). The second, third and fourth copies I have bought during college, post graduate, MBA. No, I haven’t given the others away, neither have I lost them. Every time I pack up my belongings to move out of or back into Bangalore I send my books home and instead of retrieving (or keeping) my copy, I just buy a new one. The size and diminishing airline weight limit has a lot to do with this process. This is the 5th for the household, 4th for me. It sounds excessive but for me this book as become a part of my psyche. I think it’s how I learnt that books are just an extension of human life. It taught me to observe people in detail, understand them, situations and circumstances and fall in love with seemingly simple but deep, decadent writing. I’ve always been a reader, but until then it was always for entertainment. This, this on the other hand was for the soul. I’ve never looked at books or people the same way again. My favourite part of reading thereafter has been talking about them with my mom, my first reading buddy, and my friends, since. I’ve recommended this to friends, spouses of friends, strangers on the London underground, people in bookshops, booksellers, people reading books in cafes and planes... kind of made a nuisance of myself over this one. And I hear he’s writing A Suitable Girl now. ❤️ What’s better than obsessing over one book. Why? Two books, of course!
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