Friday, June 27, 2014
Last Sunday it would have been a haul of three books had I been a bit less dumb. I ended up with only one book, one that I already have a couple of copies of, but missed two titles by a wonderful writer whose writing I discovered only yesterday. A friend had given me ‘ Many Roads Through Paradise’ an anthology of Sri Lankan literature edited by Shyam Selvadurai in which I read ‘A House in the Country’ by Romesh Geunesekera. I found it wonderful and was filled with regret.But all is not lost since I expect to find these two titles on Sunday and this time I am going to pick them up whatever their cost.
Earlier on the way to Abids I had stopped at a seller in Chikkadpally where I saw a Romesh Gunesekera novel, the tile of which I do not remember now. I knew the name but somehow I did not buy it. The seller was asking a hundred rupees for it which I did not want to pay. Then at Abids I came across another Romesh Gunesekera novel- ‘The Match’-which I should have bought but did not. Later I realized it was dumb of me not to have bought that book.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Years ago I had watched my first (and only) Rambo movie- First Blood. I just went to the movie, watched Sylvester Stallone, muscles and all, and was awestruck by the fast action though I felt that it was excessively violent. I wasn’t even aware that it was based on a novel. It was long before I got the idea that maybe I could write a screenplay and so was utterly ignorant what a screenplay was and how movies are made.
With these two titles I picked up on Sunday my tally of books I bought so far this year crosses the 80 mark.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Due to a funeral that I had to attend the previous Sunday I couldn’t make it to Abids. However, last Sunday I was at Abids and felt like I had missed something. There I met someone who wanted to meet me after reading my blog. I gave him one of my several copies of Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ that I keep for these sorts of encounters. He had told me that he was looking for this particular title and I was glad I could give it to him. After a quick cup of chai and the preliminary talks with him and with Uma we set out to look for the treasures.