People say that Mumbai is a crazy place to live in. The traffic and the morning rush will kill you. The city is choking and dying slowly, bit by bit. Not to forget, it’s always smelly. However, my visits to Mumbai have always been refreshing. There are few places left where you can roam around, without being afraid. I have never felt afraid in Mumbai.
So yes, I went to Mumbai not so recently. Met friends – old and new, celebrated birthdays, ate good food (always the highlight of any trip) and did some bonding with my sister.
The one thing I never miss out on, in Mumbai, is going to Flora Fountain. Here’s what I bought in this trip.
1. BLINDNESS by Jose Saramago
Blindness has been written by award winning Portuguese author Jose Saramago, known for the controversial book ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Christ’. In his books, Saramago loves to throw people into catastrophic situations and write about how they behave in such a setting.
2. HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE by Erica Jong
Erica Jong is most famous for her book ‘Fear of Flying’ which became controversial for its frank attitude towards female sexuality. She coined the term ‘Zip-less fuck‘, in her book which has become an important part of second wave feminism.
3. WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith
White Teeth is Zadie Smith’s first book which she finished writing whilst in Cambridge, at an age of 22. Here’s an interview with her, talking about it.
4. MARILYN MONROE – THE BIOGRAPHY by Donald Spoto
“Be your own kind of beautiful’, said Marilyn. That thought is inspirational to millions of girls on this planet. Having always been piqued by her short life, I picked up this book when I found it.
5. MOTHERS & SONS by Sarat Chandra Chatterji
Mothers & Sons is a collection of five short stories by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, most famous for writing Devdas, one of the most celebrated novels in Indian Literature and an inspiration for countless film, TV and theatre adaptations.
6. THE GROUCHO LETTERS by Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx was one of the most celebrated comedians in American History. His trademark eyeglasses, fake eyebrows and moustaches and quick wit gave him cult-like status. This book is a collection of his letters to different people.
I just can’t stop spending money on books, but then, who is complaining ?! 😛