Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
My maternal uncle who used to live with us those days , used to gift me a book for my birthdays- and I remember waiting eagerly for the book and then reading it at one go as soon as I laid my hands on it. I would find my amma always with a book whenever she was free. Reading developed naturally without too much of effort.
What are some books you read as a child?
It used to be Enid Blyton most of the time. Then achhan used to buy Amar Chitra Katha regularly from the little shop near V.T station. We used to bind the issues. I would never tire of reading them over and over again. I graduated to
What is your favourite genre?
Fiction mostly. Nowadays a bit on the spiritual line. I don’t relish travelogues, but I sort of enjoyed Ruskin Bond’s 'Tales of the open Road' recently because it not in the travelogue format. I used to enjoy horror but not any more. I like to get hold of a mushy romance now and then. I like R.K. Narayan. I’ve relished reading different expositions on The Mahabharatha- fictionalized versions- these were mostly in Malayalam. I used t o enjoy P.G.Wodehouse but now, though I don’t mind reading them once in a way, I find the humour contrived and grating!
Do you have a favourite novel?
Oh yes, many…let me list a few that comes to mind at this moment:
As a child I loved Ruby
Nikos Kazantsakis- Zorba The Greek- it has spoken to me differently at different times amazing me each time.
M.T.Vasudevan Nair’s ‘Randaam Oozham’- There’s a real good English ‘recreation’ online .
V.T.Nandakumar’s “Ente Karnan”
Kuttikrishna Marar’s ‘Bharatha Paryatanam’
Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’
Paulo Coelho’s ‘Eleven Minutes’
Many many more…
Where do you usually read?
Anything other than cookery recipe books , travelogues, Science fiction. I get lost in Geographical/ spatial details.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
No, I stick to only one book at a time. I think I might get confused otherwise.
Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
No I don’t think so- or may be when I read non fiction I sometimes go back and re -read, sometimes take down lines in my diary.
Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
I busy most of my books, though I’ve borrowed too- and then ended up buying a copy if I liked it too much.
Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
I keep all the books I buy. I find it difficult to give away books even those that I don’t like.
If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
The books that my brother and me read as a child are all safely preserved in my parents home in Kerala and my sons have read most of them whenever they visit them.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Blink’- its not too engrossing and I’m kind of dawdling through it.
Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Yes, I’ve such a list but no idea if I’ll ever get them.
What books would you like to reread?
Most of the ones I’ve read.
Who are your favourite authors?
M.T.Vasudevan Nair. I’ve written to him and received a reply too which is a treasured possession.
I’ve many memories but am not sure which is the earliest. Perhaps the one of falling and hurting myself in our
Ten years ago:
November 1998? Just ordinary days. No particular memory that has stuck.
My first thought this morning
‘better get up…’
If you built a time capsule, what would it contain:
My family, my pc.
14 years from now:
I’d be 55 then. Hopefully someone with serenity, tolerance, acceptance, good health and lots, lots of emotional and mental strength . Someone who is not afraid about the uncertanities of Life.