Second Hand Book Finds #1
10 years ago Shaili Desai 3
17 Problems only book lovers will understand seems to have gone viral in social media. I am not surprised, since it’s so TRUE, as most of you would agree! And the 17th problem is that you can never have TOO MANY BOOKS! With so many books still sitting on my table, waiting to be read, I still had to get myself some more books that I couldn’t resist buying when I chanced upon these series of second hand book stalls in Saket, thanks to one of my market visits (I love my job :-P)! Find below some photos of the place and my second hand book finds!
This is near PVR Anupam, Saket in South Delhi, in case you want to check out the books.
This is what I bought:
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: This book is an important voice for the third wave of the feminist movement.
Random fact about the book: In 2002, Harper Collins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth.
John Irving, The Cider House Rules: The story is about a young doctor and explores the abortion debate. Yes, the movie starring Charlize Theron and Tobey Maguire is based on this book.
(Related: Review of ‘Last Night in Twisted River’ by the same author)
Wilbur Smith, Eagle in the Sky: I generally prefer other books to the ones which have too much action but this is an attempt to ‘diversify’ my reading.
Catherine Coulter, The Scottish Bride: Oh well, let’s just say I was in the mood to read something like this. Sometimes, you are just not in any mood to read something heavy or read for the ‘beauty of language’.
Abhiroop Sep 02, 2013 at 10:07 am
18. You may have turned into a crusty old book snob. “People who read Chetan Bhagat are absolute philistines. Second only to Dan Brown enthusiasts. Why, those clods are sub-human.”
19. You never have any extra cash/credit. This may result in you becoming a biblio-bandit. Ebooks are stupid, of course.
20. You have those crummy, free bookmarks lying around everywhere.
21. At some point in your life, you have been a Howard Roark wannabe.
22. You waste 30 minutes on the potty every day, setting up your imaginary bathroom library.
23. Being asked to lend a book can cause respiratory problems and, should you actually agree, cause you to lend grandiose sentiments of renouncement and detachment from worldy possessions to the simple act of lending a book to a friend.
24. You’ve never quite forgiven your mother for giving away your almighty stash Nagraj and Champak to the raddi walla when you were 13.
25. You buy books from a bookshop 12 miles away because the one nearby puts a tiny rubber stamp on the flyleaf. You have no issues, however, buying cheap library discards with rubber stamps on every centimeter of the flyleaf.
26. You’ve begun dreading the arrival of the Sunday paper because there’s just too much good stuff to read and you’re not even done with Saturday’s.
27. You start carrying a book everywhere, including to your own birthday party.
28. You pause a movie just to make sure you get the name of the book which somebody in the scene is reading.
29. Multitasking is being able to turn the pages with your chin while holding a book with one hand and hanging on to the Metro rod with the other.
30. You start living as far away from your office as possible, just so you can read during the commute.
31. The biggest fear in your life is breaking up because then they might want their books back. The rascals.
32. Your steamiest fantasy is cuddling up with her and reading Dostoevsky. Together.
33. You have a regularly updated list of fictional people you want to date.
34. You actually start believing that you are smarter than the guy on the street because you managed to finish A Brief History of Time.
35. Moving house is impossible because your book rack is heavier than the truck.
36. You wish Indian Railways would add a Library Coach to their trains. You also wish for waterproof books that you can read in the rain and biscuit packets with tiny short stories printed on them because you read biscuit packets..
Ah I like this blog 🙂
Excellent find, these shacks, Admin. You have given me a solid reason to drag my not inconsiderable Bong ass from Dwarka to Saket.Reply
Reema Sahay Sep 04, 2013 at 8:02 am
Totally agree. These past few weeks I have bought books like there is no tomorrow, despite the fact that I receive enough review copies of books which I want to read. I never miss a Sale, even if I just finished buying 20 books. I also buy from several online stores all the time. Amazon had some offer running for Independence Day and I bought a few from there too. The good thing is my husband never says anything about it because buying books is my only indulgence.Reply
admin Sep 08, 2013 at 8:07 am
Oh, a fellow book lover ! Always feels good to know more people like me. In some time, I don’t think I will have enough space to keep all my books. I am trying not to imagine such a future. 😛
Thank you so much for dropping by, Reema !Reply