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My first love :)

June 2, 2009

Nah! This is not going to be a romantic tale of a boy and a girl😛

Books. That’s what this tale is all about.

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Ever since I can remember I have always been surrounded by books.

Grandparents who loved the written word. Who were writers themselves. Albeit in their spare time. But oh the words that they shared!

Books that have been handed down to me though I barely understand a few of them. Urdu was the first love of one grandfather,  English the love of another. And Hindi was their mutual love. My grandmothers loved to see their children read books. Though they loved books too.

There are many scenes of childhood etched in my mind.One where both of  my grandmothers  are sitting with their husbands listening to the quiet stories. Their husbands who wanted to share all the words with them.

And then my parents who are and have always been ardent lovers of the written word and for that matter even the spoken ones.

They are in love with words. Period.

And they have passed on this love to their children too.

Its hard to  describe this love.

I have been in love with books for what seems like eternity. So have been my brothers. The musty smell of old yellow journals, the fresh newsprint smell, the smell of a library….all these smells have been a favourite in our home.

Going for vacations to both sides of the family and spending hours and hours in the old attics. The attics have been torn down now to make space for new ones in their place.

Children don’t read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology…. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff…. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don’t expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Yes, this is exactly why we all read didn’t we? We read not to escape this world but to create a world , a magical one, that was our very own.

Sure we all boast of some high sounding names now that we are all grown up.  Names that truly deserve all the accolades and then names that make you wonder as to why they ever became famous😀

But our fondest memories are of authors who wrote simply and beautifully. Who simply wrote for children. They wrote with a joy that shone through the pages. These authors knew exactly how a child’s mind worked. Actually they were children themselves. If not in age, then in spirit ..

I cannot forget Chandamama, Nandan, Champak, Tinkle, Chacha Chaudhary , Mandrake, Phantom, Enid Blyton,Baba Yaga, James Herriot…..( Do add more😀 )
The grammar was atrocious at times. The pictures were gaudy ..but who cared anyway?
What a beautiful magical world it was!
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*sigh*
Someone please make a time machine so I can go back to being a part of that magical world of Enid Blyton again. Of muffins and high teas, and George and Timmy, and the naughtiest girl and Circus Days.

I know I have said this before in another post. But let me say it again.

I envy all of you who live in her country. The country of rains that never seem to stop and beaches that always have cottages. And mysteries that are around every corner. And parents who work for top secret missions😀

Yes, You might tell me that it is all very different in real life. But let me have my illusions🙂 For, I will see it for myself one day. I will search for those lanes where Mr Goon chased the kids. And the cottage where the five cousins spent their time solving mysteries. And the school where the Naughtiest girl troubled everyone and discovered herself too. I have spent countless childhood hours writing letters to the boarding schools mentioned in Enid Blyton’s books😀
And I really believed that they would take me too😉

A library has always looked like the most welcoming place to me. Even if there is not a single soul in the library, the books seem to speak all by themselves. As if they are welcoming you into their world. Tempting you. Beguiling you.

Some books charm from the very first moment. They snuggle in a corner of your heart and stay there forever. Long after you have grown old , you still remember titles like Mr Galliano’s Circus, The naughtiest Girl in School, The Wishing Tree, Sabun Paani Zindabad yes there was such a title😀 , Supandi, Characters from the Panchtantra, Mowgli, ……

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Why just books?Anything that is written is a source of wonder. A newspaper, a blog, anything..one is constantly amazed at the world of ideas that exists out there.

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilization grow old and die out; new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on. Still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts, of the hearts of men centuries dead.
– Clarence Day

I remember reading this quote at a CBT stall at the Delhi Book fair many years ago. I must have been around 11 or 12. I had no idea who had written these lines. All I knew was that the lines spoke to me. They expressed best what I, at that age had been unable to. So I promptly begged for a pen and paper from dad who was looking on amused, and started scribbling on the paper. I didn’t want to miss or forget a single word. The CBT people looked on amused at the little girl who was busy writing something down from one of their posters furiously. They were quite happy to see that little kids were so interested in reading. They promptly called me over and gave me a huge calendar . All glossy and shiny. Imagine my joy!😀
I was ecstatic. A CBT calendar of my own? From the people who published all those gorgeous colourful books that I read? Heaven! Sheer heaven!

I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now — only that place where the books are kept.
– John Steinbeck

And so it has been for me. Moving across India through so many places, having changed more houses than I can count, all I can remember are the book shelves. They were and still are the only constant in my life. My home.
A new place, a new school, new friends….but my best friends remained the same as ever. Books.

I have always been grateful to people who have introduced me to new authors, new ideas, new books. Each author for a different stage in life.I discovered Kahlil Gibran,  Harishankar Parsai,  Muktibodh,Faiz,  Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou and so many others in college. And I still cant stop thanking the friends who introduced me to these different worlds.

But most of all I will forever be thankful to ma and dad and to the countless teachers I have ever come across and the many librarians who understood how precious each written word was to a child. The way all the adults in my life encouraged me in my love for the written word.

I am under no illusion that I  can understand ‘heavy’ books or make complete sense of them.I am no Shakespeare either. I write in cliches and sometimes just plain nonsense. But I do know that were it not for books, my world would have been an undeniably boring place. Less exciting. Less sure. More monotonous. More drab. More stifling. For, when I feel absolutely suffocated I simply pick up a book and escape into an imaginary world of my very own.

A world without books?

”A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with “a sort of greedy enjoyment,” as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was “saturated with the bouquet of silence.” ~Holbrook Jackson

Nothing can replace books. Nothing should. Have you discovered this magical world yet?

PS:- Do read  what another avid book lover thinks.

114 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2009 3:42 am

    wow! that was nice… yep, books are the first love for probably too many of us.. I remember looking forward for that one library hour we used to have during school. I couldn’t wait to get my book issued and get to reading the one I have been during the hour. I even had a place to securely hide my on going for the school book so that no one else could lay his/her hands on! Then, a junior from college says she has never seen me without a book in my hand. Well.. Now, I seriously want to go back to reading Chacha Chowdhary, Champak, Enid Blytons, and so on… And not the sometimes-too-grownup kind of books..🙂

    Thanks for the tour to past..

    me- you too?🙂 thats cool!🙂 so many book lovers here🙂
    I was like that too …not in college so much as in school😀 was never seen without a novel or two😀

    and they all used to be confiscated😦 reading books under the desk in class wasn’t the smartest thing to do😉

    *sigh*
    I want to read all the kiddish books all over again too🙂

    • June 3, 2009 6:49 pm

      hahah yes i know about the reading books under the desk thing… did that until college days until one prof indirectly said that he has noticed it in the class!😀

      me-😆
      you too?
      that used to be such fun!😀

  2. June 2, 2009 4:40 am

    hmmm .. u missed hitopadesh .. :-))

    others like .. premchandra .. nirala .. harioudh .. bachhan … nagarjun .. agyen .. not sure if you are really into hindi writers ..

    me- I love the works of these writers/poets..the works that I have read that is🙂
    I discovered these writers when I was a bit more grownup🙂

    childhood memories for me are usually of comics and panchatantra and children’s magazines and so many other books🙂 and yes Hitopadesha too .thanks for reminding🙂

    a post later on books…….
    the ones I am reading/have read/and are my fav🙂
    will share about fav authors in Hindi as well🙂
    I am completely into hindi writers though I have not even begun to scratch the surface yet..its a huge world ..I am still discovering it everyday🙂

    Muktibodh’s Brahmarakshasa and Dinkar’s Rashmirathi are all time favourites🙂

  3. June 2, 2009 4:58 am

    WoW! You love libraries too? I love books. I got into them at the age of 16/17. So not been reading long. BUT it’s amazing how many books I own in such a short period of time. I started off because of my long journeys to and from college. I started off with recommended text from English which I needed to study and moved on to all books.

    me- yep!I am happy to see that so many people love books so passionately🙂 the ‘love’ when it strikes is rather sudden na?😀

    My parent get really angry with me for the amount of books I have and how much I read during the summer. I read all night until my eyes can’t take it and I fall asleep. Then during the term when I have nothing to do, or if I am going home or returning back to hostel, I’ll read. I’ll buy books every 3/4 weeks. Still have books in my draw at home which I have bought but not started reading yet.😐
    me- story of my life too to an extent😀

    Once, My parents even throw my books away which my aunty (mum’s sister) have me, that where her old books of hers which she’s read and gifted too me because she knew I loved reading and she was running out of space in her attic. Originally she was going to give them away to gthe local library BUT instead gave them to me to enjoy.🙂 BUT my parent’s got angry because it was getting in their way due to themk wanting the storage place in the house, so throw all the books away without consulting me (there must have been 50/60 books there). I found out a few weeks later and went crazy. I cried for days.😥
    me-😦😦
    Why? ((hugs))

    So now, I keep all my books in my draws and cupboard.😐
    me-😀 How many cupboards do you have? quick!tell us the exact locations! :DI and WInnie will raid them😛

    Sorry. I’m rambling on a bit. Just Can’t help myself.😉

    Will come back and write some more.😛

    me- feel free to🙂
    can understand the ramble🙂

  4. June 2, 2009 5:27 am

    I share your love for books too. I wish I have more hours in the day to read a few more books. Although unlike the video, I don’t think paper books will disappear in the near future. They may become less coveted, with amazon’s kindle and all but I think it will take a long time for books to become obsolete.
    me- one more bibliophile added to the list🙂

    even I have discovered thatas one grows up(gets a job, has responsibilties ) then there’s virtually no time to read books😦

    Amen to your thought🙂
    Books should thrive🙂 bibliophiles like the ones here will make sure it will🙂
    but it does seem pretty scary na? as a book lover that is?

  5. June 2, 2009 7:03 am

    Nice post.
    me- Thanks🙂 and welcome here🙂

  6. June 2, 2009 8:12 am

    seriously Indyeah, nothing can ever replace books😛
    I used to read a lot…. back in those days… enid blyton used to be my fav. as a kid….. followed by hardy boys😛

    Then I graduated into other books……. but yeah, a world without books is hard to imagine for me😛
    My all time fav books is a series called “the saint” by “Leslie charteris”…… have you read any of his stuff?

    classic james bond style but the language used is just brilliant…… it is hard to find a copy of them now………
    me- I loved Hardy Boys too! and Nancy Drew😀 and so many others…
    Books are truly irreplaceable
    no I havent read the Saint but will def try to get it now:) seems rather interesting🙂
    !

  7. June 2, 2009 8:13 am

    Oh! you brought back those magical days of Enid Blyton! For the hyperactive, inquisitive child that I was, her stories were just what I needed to fulfill the unfulfilled desire to lead a life full of exciting adventure and fun. A little later it was Agatha Christie and Earl Stanley Gardner. Then, of course, one “grew up”, I suppose, and got into a lot of heavy stuff.
    me- aww that is cute Vinod Sir🙂
    * trying to imagine you as a hyperactive kid *😀

    you are so right..The sheer flight of fantasy /imagination in her stories was enough to satiate a young mind..

    Agatha Christie!yes! another fantastic writer!🙂
    and Gardner?I still read his books🙂 they are still as fresh as ever🙂
    the growing up while beautiful in itself is also a period where one inevitably loses that innocence of childhood😦

    I don’t know how many of us have been so impacted by television, but I, who was once a voracious reader, have been literally taken over by the idiot box. Can that pass of as “reading” through a different medium?
    me- hmm..Television is reading I suppose through a diff medium..Discovery’s programmes on India are mind boggling for example🙂
    so yes it is ‘reading’😀
    though having a book in one’s hand is something else entirely and I am sure you agree🙂

    • June 2, 2009 3:34 pm

      Vinod, for some reason – Television has not taken over me… I still prefer to read than watch.. I prefer the books to the movies🙂 More often than not, I find movie adaptations boring as I had imagined so much more while reading it than the adapted version of the book🙂

      me- I have to agree there Smitha..this is why I am very hesitant about watching TV/movie adaptations..they kill the story for me..

  8. June 2, 2009 8:39 am

    Hey, I totally identify with you! I love books too!!!

    I remember I used to collect Archies, Tintins, Amar Chitra Kathas and Enid Blytons when I was a kid…I was sad to hear that Archie asked Veronica to marry him – that b****!!!
    me- 😆 I thought what the heck!atleast the ditherer made up his mind finally😀

    When I went away to a boarding school, I thought it would be like Mallory Towers and St.Clare but I was in for a rude shock!!! I asked my maternal grandfather to build me a tree house because the Secret Seven’s club house was a tree house…He tried but it didn’t materialize…

    me- awww you were a true blue Enid Blyton fan!😀 boarding school expectations and a tree house?😀
    your nanaji was so sweet🙂
    I got a treehouse made too😀 a toota phoota one😀
    It fell down one fine day😀

    memories.. memories..so many of them..

    *Sraboney is now the number one certified true blue Enid Blyton Fan*😀

  9. June 2, 2009 8:43 am

    My mom is a good writer and when she was young her articles used to get published in telugu magazine,sob sob i never got that talent of hers.But like u i read a lot,be it newspapers,blogs or magazines.
    My dad used to read a lot and he subscribed readers digest for us,then it was very interesting,now not much to read in that.
    me- your mom is a writer? that is so cool!🙂
    and in a magazine?that’s even cooler!
    you do have the talent😛
    you blog na?and we all read the nostalgic trips are especially nice🙂

    me too!I have so many old editions of Reader’s Digest with me..you know from 60s and 70s and 80s(even 90s for that matter) …those were something else! they had so much to offer..
    you are so right! nowadays RD has become so commercial😦

    Of those books u mentioned i like tinkle,chandamma and famous five.
    btw chandamma photo is in telugu🙂
    me-thanks a lot Saritha🙂 I had no clue and was infact planning to ask someone to tell me as to which language it was🙂

  10. June 2, 2009 8:48 am

    Indyeah I for one am still looking for “The Enchanted Wood” (book by Enid Blyton).

    me- here is a link I found Chrysalis… do try maybe you will be lucky🙂 amazon might have the book.

    I loved your post and I can relate to it because the cliche that Books are my Best Friends holds true for me. (no reflection on my other BFFs) I count my blessings everyday that I have been in the US for the last 6 + years because their public library system is a book lovers fantasy come alive. Every residential area has a free publc library. One can issue as many magazines and books one wants.
    me- that is amazing!no wonder you are so happy🙂 books are truly best friends for life🙂
    the Public libraries in India are in a dismal condition though some of them are quite good but mostly they are in a rundown condition😦

    After every long holiday in India when I come back to the US and visit the library my heart beats faster and my pulse races🙂 I swear books have that effect on me. I am surrounded by books at home…they spill all over.

    me- you have said it beautifully! the adrenaline rush is exactly what it is! :)they have that effect on me as well ..
    its great when children grow up surrounded by books in an environment of warmth and one where they can let their imagination run wild…just settle in a cosy corner and read🙂
    bliss!

    Oh yes I loved all the books you mentioned and loved these too as a child: Amar Chitra Katha, Malory Towers, Heidi, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and so many more……..Atlas ..loved sitting with that too ..can that be counted as a book?🙂

    me- I love the ones you mentioned here :)specially the little house series🙂
    atlas!!😀
    me too! thats why I am so great with geography😀 (seriously)
    atlas will be counted too😀

  11. June 2, 2009 9:43 am

    Yes, books are the best of the lot! No comparison with any other source of entertainment!😀
    me- absolutely!!😀

  12. June 2, 2009 9:50 am

    I love reading too, though mostly fiction and COMICS!! I used to read chandamama, tinkle and archies. Tinkle and Archies are still my fav.🙂

    me- ek aur bibliophile!!😀
    comics!!yep we all are in love with comics😀
    Tinkle is so cute🙂
    Archies is finally marrying …never thought I would see it in this lifetime😀

  13. June 2, 2009 10:06 am

    ding dong ! i m sure i m not the first… you purposely post after my office hours and dont publish comments till next day morning !!!
    me-😀
    lol!!
    nah!Dhiren I thought of mailing you but then it was too late at night (or morning ):D so dropped the idea coz you wouldn’t have seen the mail anyway till morning🙂

    anytime a post is published in the ‘human’ hours😆 I will mail you🙂
    okay?🙂

  14. June 2, 2009 10:11 am

    I cannot forget Chandamama, Nandan, Champak, Tinkle, Chacha Chaudhary , Mandrake, Phantom, Enid Blyton,Baba Yaga, James Herriot….

    Abhi, you reminded me of my childhood again. I used to love Nandan and Chandamama because it had long stories. My train journey was never completed without these. Champak, Tinkle, Archies are all favorites and still are. I still buy Tinkle and Archies🙂 Actually was thinking of doing a post on Archies.🙂
    me- childhood memories are so precious na?:)
    my train journeys too!😀
    dad always bought atleast 6 or 7 books/magazines for us so that we would sit quietlky and read on the train journeys😀
    please,please do a post on archie and the gang😀 and the marriage plans😀

    This first love of yours is mine too. I am more into non-fiction now but my love for Archies and Tinkle is still fresh.🙂
    me- my elder bro is like you🙂
    he loves archies and tinkle and always buys them whenever he comes home for holidays 🙂

    More than me it is my husband who reads and now Peanut has gotten the same habit. She reads and reads and is never tired. The habit which she created all by herself and I am proud of it. As they say “Books are medicine for the soul.”
    me- ((hugs))for Peanut🙂
    I am proud of her too
    children pick up these things from their parents🙂

    You my friend have found bestest of friends in books. They never fail you.
    me-so so true!

    I don’t think I have read Kislay’s post on it. Let me check.

    me- it is a passionate post about his love for books🙂
    I too discovered it quite late🙂

  15. June 2, 2009 10:15 am

    BTW I am having problems with couple of blogspots. It is giving me error messages like on Manju’s, Kislay’s and Mr. Sharma’s. It takes a long time to load and sometime while posting comments it gives error.

    Does anyone else have this problem?
    me- yes Solilo..this is a problem with Blogspot..
    I was having this problem on D’s and Vinod Sir’s blog yesterday..

    • June 2, 2009 1:49 pm

      i m having it from time to time.. on tara’s and gunmeens !! and on Patricia’s blogs…😦

      me- I am having the same trouble too😦

    • June 2, 2009 3:39 pm

      Yes, yes me too – I did find it easier to load them on Google Chrome – for some reason..

  16. June 2, 2009 10:20 am

    Ok… my life’s biggest hero is Phantom ! I still have 3 copies of each Indrajal comics of Phantom and I am not giving them away to any one…

    Phantom, Diana, Rex, Devil, Hero, Katrina were my favourites… the monarchs of the jungle !!!

    The Ghost who walks !

    The Man who can never die !

    he was the one who caught my fantasy… ! he was the one who made me fall in love with Africa !! with animals !!!

    If you know… Eden the island of phantom was my dream destination !!
    me- wow!Dhiren!you wont believe it! Phantom is my all time fav character🙂
    I echo all your words for the ‘ghost who walks’😀
    My mom has his entire collection .. she practically worshipped this character so I have inherited the entire collection😀

    We were subscribers to Indrajal comics and on Tuesday morning we all three brothers would wake up early so when the newspaper wala would come and throw the comic with the newspaper there would a mad scramble and a fight to get it first…😀😀 and then you read it first while not any of the other two getting even a glimpse of a single picture… !!👿
    me- lol!!you were a shaitan bhai😀
    this reminded me of my fights with my brothers😀
    Indrajaal comics were a legend by themselves🙂

    we even got the comics from our cousins who passed them to us as is general tradition.. but the comics never got passed on from us and the tradition stopped…😛😛 I m too greedy and even today when i go to bharuch i do read the Indrajal comics !!🙂🙂

    me- me too! me too! I used to exchange all the books with my cousins too🙂
    ROFL@the comics never got passed on from us and the tradition stopped…
    our tradition stopped for the same reason😀

    Amar Chitra Katha’s are another favourite… !!! the history I know is learnt from them and them only… !!🙂
    me-yep!they are a great way to teach children about history🙂

    Tinkle.. with Shambhu the Shikari, Supandi aaah… !!!!🙂😀 Uncle Pai even once wrote a letter to me when i had sent in a story as a contribution to Tinkle.😀😀😀
    me- wah!!you wrote a story!(having read your posts I am not surprised )🙂
    and Uncle PAi wrote to you? *envious*
    what???

    but seriously shikari shambhu still makes me laugh as does suppandi😀

    My favourite book and the only competitor of Phantom was Tom Sawyer !!🙂 this novel brain washed me…😀😀 I wanted to run from school… run from my house..😀😀 be messy… be rowdy …😀😀 be mischievous and yes also interested in many Becky Thatchers !!!!😀😀 If ever a book was written for young 13-14 year olds this was it !!😀😀 the gypsy in me is thanks to Tom !! Thomas Sawyer !!!😀😀😀
    me-😆
    what a description of Tom!😀
    its not hard to imagine you taking ‘inspiration’ from him😉
    Becky Thatcher yeah the one true love it seemed😀
    that was and is some book

    Famous Five and their sandwiches and ginger lemons !! The adventures of the flying chair !! Secret Seven… Hardy Boys… Nancy Drew… Perry Mason… you name it and I have read it…🙂🙂
    me-awesome! so many of us have such beautiful memories of the same things na?:)

    but but but off late I have lost the patience to read a novel having said that I just finished the Bourne Sanction in 3 days flat… one night staying up till 5 am !!!!🙂
    me- Congratulations!!🙂
    that is a good series🙂

    But I dont read anywhere near to the amount I used to read !!😦

    I have decided once the T-20 world cup gets over I am going to read all the time… ! and develop the habit again !!!

    me- yes that would be great🙂

    Have you read the Bourne Series by Ludlum !! He is another hero of mine.. whats more i found this hero at 27 years of age and I still am in awe of that character !!! really !!!🙂🙂🙂
    me- I love the series🙂 he is so believable🙂

    for a change now i can claim to have written more than you i m sure this comment has gone over the board… first up in office I read your wonderful post which took me back in time and I just let lose !!!!!😀😀😀

    me- this was such a from the heart comment Dhiren🙂
    I could imagine you laughing, smiling and writing in a hurry ..as if you had to get all the words out as soon as possible🙂

    so who cares if I didnt come first… I am as content as you after this comment !!😉

    • June 2, 2009 1:48 pm

      and i forgot my favourite Jughead !!! he glamourised eating for me… it felt as if it was a great thing to eat too much !!! My love for Veronica is still the same as it was… !!! she was so sexy ! and the sweet Betty !!! aaah…. !!!🙂🙂😀
      me- Jughead??😀 no wonder you love your khaana so much😛
      but seriosuly I always used to wonder as to how he could eat THAT much and still be reed thin😀
      Veronica and Betty were cute🙂

      Richie Rich… !! Casper !! Donald Duck and Mickey mouse comics !!!🙂

      We even used to get some Russian book Misha i think was the name… !!!🙂

      and TARGET !! remember that magazine for us young teenagers !!! geez…😀

      me- this is so awesome! Dhiren!
      so many names and memories …

      I wanted to be like Richie Rich humble but filthy rich😀
      heh!heh!
      and I wanted to get that dog (forgotten the name)the one Richie had🙂
      dog nahin he was a genius😀

      arre!target toh was so eagerly awaited..dont know what happened to it later..

      • June 2, 2009 3:39 pm

        Dollar was the dog of Richie Rich..
        Cadbury his butler… Gloria his girl friend, reggie his enemy !!!

        more questions please !!!!😀

        me- wow!I am impressed!:D
        Dhiren you are treasure trove of knowledge😀

        will def come up with more questions😀

      • June 2, 2009 10:38 pm

        My fav character was jughead too………🙂 I dont wear that cap of his…..🙂 but I am similar in many ways to him😛

        me- believe me no one has any doubts now😆
        after that Diff ways to fall in love with food post:mrgreen:

    • June 2, 2009 1:51 pm

      I put too many smileys i guess…
      me-ya think?

      I dont mind😛

      😆

    • June 2, 2009 2:13 pm

      Dhiren this comment or post??

      • June 2, 2009 3:01 pm

        lol saritha… what are the bytes wordpress provides us for ?? huh ??

        me- yes they are for Dhiren’s smileys😀

  17. June 2, 2009 10:21 am

    Hey,

    I have been following your blogspace for quite sometime now…today I am dropping a comment as well. A great space you have indeed and I am completely hooked🙂

    How about Hardy Boys?? and Famous Five?? I dint read much in my childhood days..but definitely Hardy Boys was one of my fav including Nandan, Billu, Pinky, etc etc!!!

    Keep writing..and if get a chance..do drop at my blogspace and put forth any feedback you have..your feedback would certainly matter!!

    Happy reading!!!
    me- Welcome here Amrit🙂
    thank you so much
    yep!hardy Boys was my fav too🙂
    there are so many favourites that its hard to name any one😀

    will def hop over to your blog🙂
    hope to see you here more often🙂

    • June 2, 2009 5:28 pm

      ofcourse..you will surely find me “here” more often🙂

  18. Quirky Indian permalink
    June 2, 2009 10:39 am

    Many many years ago, my mother came back from work and handed me a book she had bought: The Adventures of Mr. Pink-Whistle. In hardcover. And that was the beginning….

    I had read comics before that, but this was my first ‘book’….I hadn’t even read the Noddy series!

    I built a fairly large collection over the years, which my siblings gleefully usurped!

    Memories……………………………….thanks, Indyeah.

    Quirky Indian

    me- that is so sweet🙂
    its moments like these that change us..you got hooked on to books🙂
    yep!siblings gleefully do that😀 mine wait for me to go out of the house and then pounce on the shelves😀
    Mr Pink Whistle was the sweetest character ever🙂

    Here are some pics🙂
    I dont know which one is the original cover🙂
    http://tiny.cc/zguT0

    • June 5, 2009 11:17 pm

      Quirky Indian: Finally, somebody who read Enid Blyton too! I was born on an Air Force Base in England and my parents took the opportunity to collect her books in hardback. Now that I’m in the U.S. I find them in antique-used bookstores and have been told that they are rare.

      My favorites were The Faraway Tree and the one about the flying rocking chair. Although I haven’t read The Adventures of Mr. Pink-Whistle or Noddy:)

      thanks, Indyeah🙂

      me- thank YOU for dropping by and sharing your memories.:)
      it was a pleasure to read them🙂
      welcome here🙂

  19. June 2, 2009 10:51 am

    All hopes of reading a nice interesting post vanished on reading the first two lines…

    me- lol!
    😛😛
    what were you expecting?😉

    • June 2, 2009 11:04 am

      But then turns out, the post was actually interesting🙂 Reminded me a lot of my childhood. I used to read these crazy Hindi comics – Super Commando Dhruv, and Nagraaj, and Angara (Heck I even had a picture taken with all belts wrapped around my body like snakes) he he…
      me- ah! Rakesh!How could I forget Super Commando Dhurv and Nagraaj and Angara?awesome memory you have!
      I loved getting all the Dhruv comics and the Nagraaj ones😀
      had to beg my cousins for them😀
      ROFL@pic taken with belts wrapped like snakes😀

      share please😀

      And When I used to buy groceries, I even used to read whatever was written on the paper used by the grocery guy to pack rice or dal or whatever…
      me- this is so me that its uncanny! I used to do EXACTLY this!EXACTLY!

      But then somehow, in college, almost forgot about reading. Read a few archie comics again but then didn’t pursue this interest of mine.
      me- now you sound like my elder bro😀 he is content with his Archies and his tinkle comics even after having ‘grown up’ ..I tell you its a sight to see a guy in uniform reading tinkle and laughing like a loon😀

      Recently, I seem to have re-discovered the joys of reading and am back reading and loving books. I read this book called “Passion India” – the story about the spanish princess of Kapurthala and was so enchanted by the descriptions of pre-independence India that I now so want to visit the palace in Kapurthala (it still exists). It feels like I know the palace inside out. It would be awesome to now go there and visualise it in full decor and with the King and Princess actually living there…
      me- I am glad that you have re- discovered the joy of reading🙂
      your words about Kapurthala inspired from the book that you read tell one so much about how much you loved the book🙂

      I’d read this on another blog – He who thinks we only get one life to live has probably never read a book. And I think, these words truly echo my feelings about reading.
      me- so very true Rakesh!

      Btw, just got “The Wave” yesterday… That’s next on my reading list, thanks to you.
      me-🙂
      I am glad coz I am quite sure you will enjoy it🙂
      you are welcome🙂

  20. June 2, 2009 11:09 am

    Books are no furniture , but what better way to furnish a house , eh ?
    I shall be back to give this a thourough read . And I wrote a post called Bibliophilia about an year ago .🙂

    me- thats beautiful Kislay!! what better way indeed!:)
    your post is up there🙂

    • June 2, 2009 9:29 pm

      Books are no furniture…. Lovely lines!! On a lighter note, Kislay I have made a table with some favorite large sized books at home😉 I will post a picture!!

      me-yep!waiting! so till then calls of picture please😀

  21. June 2, 2009 11:12 am

    You linked my post ! I didn’t see that .🙂

    me- I remember reading your post when I had first discovered your blog🙂 so was searching for it yesterday🙂
    you have written it so beautifully and with passion!🙂
    so I had to link it

  22. June 2, 2009 11:58 am

    “In this world, everyone’s a publisher… but where are the editors?”
    I simply love this line. Lovely lovely post, Indyeah – I kept nodding in agreement throughout the post…

    me- the line does hold true🙂
    thanks a lot Kokonad🙂

  23. monikamanchanda permalink
    June 2, 2009 12:13 pm

    oh i loved every word of what u have written… my love with books began when i was 5 I think and still continues…

    me- thanks Monika🙂 mine too started when I was the same age I think…I think its better to inculcate these habits when chidlren are young na?they stay for a lifetime🙂

    I agree with u when u say “But our fondest memories are of authors who wrote simply and beautifully. Who simply wrote for children.”

    enid blyton he was the best i think loved all his series
    me- Enid Blyton wrote beautifully🙂 Enid was a woman Monika..for a long time (till I was in my teens I think) I too used to think it must be a man..coz of the name🙂
    here are two links and one pic🙂 she was a warm and affectionate human being
    http://www.enidblyton.net/

    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/enid-blyton/

    http://tiny.cc/TrnUq

    and all those comics u have mentioned there tinkle, champak and even chacha chaudary and pinki

    used to be fun
    me- arre haan!Pinky!😀 what a smart girl she was😀
    chacha Chaudhary and Sabu😀
    those were the days🙂

  24. June 2, 2009 12:18 pm

    I love reading too and have been surrounded by books all through out my growing up years!🙂
    It was my mom who encouraged us to read, she herself being an avid reader.🙂
    I loved this post Indy… one of my all time fave posts from u!

    (How many times have I said this now?!! :D)

    me- *same pinch*
    Like we used to do in school😀
    our habits are formed when we observe our parents doing something..thats why most bibliophiles have parents who were and are avid readers🙂
    (though thats not the only cause I am sure)
    thanks Pixie🙂 you are too generous darl🙂
    ((hugs))

  25. June 2, 2009 12:19 pm

    I still read comics and still enjoy them as much as I used to!!😀

    I have classified my books – I have separate books which I read on the bus and during lunch at work…
    At home, its a different book!😀
    And of course, comics get liberally mixed between the 2!😀

    me- lol!! I knew you would say that!😀

    what!so many books at one time😀
    you are one amazing girl🙂
    I am able to read only one at a time..coz I forget too easily😀
    comics are a life saver at times na?

    • June 2, 2009 9:46 pm

      Oh yes!😀
      Comics are and even Enid Blyton series…
      After I started earning, I have gone around searching and collecting all my fave books – so, now I have copies of Enid Blyton books which are so totally feel-good!😀

      me- me too!! I am collecting all of them too
      Pixie..psst..err…emm can I have some?😀

  26. June 2, 2009 12:52 pm

    Hi Indy – couldn’t agree more…I love books too. In fact, when I was young I always dreamt of owning a book shop – so I’d get to read loads of books for free! Thankfully, my husband shares my passion and when we renovated our home we dedicated one room to a library – aren’t we lucky!
    Hugs
    Corinne
    me- owning a bookshop?:D
    count me in too😀
    and a library if not a shop😀
    that’s my dream too🙂 dedicating one entire room to a library😀
    *touchwood*yes you are lucky for, you have found a soulmate , one who loves them as much as you do🙂

    (((hugs)))

  27. June 2, 2009 1:18 pm

    Now that I have read your post , I cannot but envy you , for you not only are a khandani book lover , your love for books beats mine .🙂 You are bigger bibliophile than me for sure .

    me- you are being too generous😛
    the passion that shines through in your words has to be read to be believed🙂
    khandaani book lover toh you are too😀
    coz even your parents love them na?:)

  28. June 2, 2009 1:51 pm

    m i spamming the blog ?

    me-😆 nahin! for you anything is allowed😀

  29. manju permalink
    June 2, 2009 1:54 pm

    Great post, Abhi! Might have been my thoughts!

    My childhood was spent out of India. When I was twelve, we came to live in a small town here in Maharashtra, where no one spoke English. Until I learnt Marathi, the local Library was my only friend. Someone had donated a room full of English books, and I devoured them all. I’ve read most of those on your list.:)
    me- I had no clue that you had spent your childhood outside India🙂
    libraries become a child’s best friend..lucky are such kids as you were🙂
    devoured them all describes this love best😀

    Also all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, which were my favourite!
    me- oh yes!The Hound of the Baskervilles was a fav of mine🙂 among others

    thanks for sharing Manju ((hugs)):)

  30. June 2, 2009 2:33 pm

    I was lucky to have friends who were voracious readers. there used to be silly competitions about who read what and how fast one could finish reading a book. Tinkle and Champak were staple. I remember my mother bringing me a Champak in the evening and taking me to book exhibitions.. My parents always preferred that we spend on books than on toys or clothes and now, i find most of my expenses are on books (and food).. this was a lovely post, i especially liked the many quotes you have gelled in the text
    me- thank you Gauri🙂
    your childhood sounds remarkably like mine🙂
    even mom and dad preferred and still prefer that we spend on books than anything else:)
    ((hugs))

  31. June 2, 2009 2:38 pm

    have you read Maugham and gerald durrell? also read Persepolis if you can, it’s a beautiful graphic novel..

    me-
    yes Maugham is a fav …read Durrell long back🙂
    I have read Persepolis though its been ages ..will have to pick it up again:)

    thanks..now I am in the mood to read all these again:)

  32. June 2, 2009 2:46 pm

    Imagine a world without books?? Imagine my world then !!! LOL !!😀

    I used to read before, like crazy, till about 11th. thats when I drifted totally towards music. since then, there has been no other interest. I guess my habit of reading started once again on diverse topics after I entered the blogosphere. But yes, I never stopped reading comics (like Archie) and all those magazines (The Week, India Today, etc.)

    me- your world ?😀
    I think magazines and comics are good too😀
    the blogosphere does make us think quite a lot🙂
    music..yeah thats obvious from all the lists that you put up:)
    ‘there are some really nice songs in the tags..some that I have never even heard,,

  33. June 2, 2009 2:53 pm

    Pardon my asking this , but have you read Wodehouse and Sherlock Holmes ? If yes, then you must their TV adaptation as well . Brings the characters to life . Awesome shows .

    me- yep! Wodehouse is an eternal fav😀 have his entire collection..
    Sherlock Holmes too🙂
    though I havent watched the shows as such..always been apprehensive that they would spoil the book..but will def watch it since you recommended it:)

    • June 2, 2009 3:46 pm

      Kislay, I love Wodehouse and Sherlock Holmes! Wodehouse more so🙂

      • June 2, 2009 4:59 pm

        Then you must watch Bertie Wooster & Jeeves in real life action , and also , the adventures of Sherlock Holmes .

    • June 2, 2009 9:31 pm

      Kislay I love Sherlock Holmes TV adaptation !!!!

      • June 3, 2009 12:13 pm

        I cannot imagine a better actor to play the role of Holmes . All his quirks are captured .

        • R.D.B permalink
          June 3, 2009 5:05 pm

          My Dad was hooked to it but at that time i nvr understood the show.. But recently I got a dvd of TV adaptation n I must say I cudn’t leave it n go.. I dunno the name of actor but Sherlock homes n Dr. Watson are awesome.. they capture all the cynicism n intelligence.. Loved it totally.
          me- NowI really have to watch the TV adaptations🙂
          I cant remember if I have..
          first Kislay then SMi then IHM now you🙂
          I have to get it somehow now🙂

          N ye I too am a voracious reader n it could be anything for me. My mom used to encourage me to read as she thought it might be a gud idea to improve my vocab but I was soo glued that she might have been left wondering y. y y.. did she do it… he heheee..
          me- LOL!!that is just so cute RDB😀
          AUnty must have thought kis muhurat mein isse kitaabein pakdaayin thi?😆

          Even now I enjoy “chandama” as much as Fountain Head. I can’t sleep without reading..
          Although I must say🙂 that blogs have definitely brought down my spending on books..[welcome change in recession ..;)]

          me-
          aww..Chandamama and Fountainhead🙂
          what a beautiful contrast and yet we need both in our lives🙂
          LOL@welcome change in recession😀

          ((hugs))

  34. June 2, 2009 3:42 pm

    i think i should now go… enough of spamming… such long comments … two posts … maybe i now need to take up some office workk !!

    psst – do u think she got the hint ??😉
    me-
    ROFL!!
    yes SHE did!😛😛

  35. June 2, 2009 3:44 pm

    Abhi, As soon as I saw the title of your post – I was sure that it would be about books🙂 First love to me always signifies books🙂 Ever since I remember!
    me- I knew you would agree🙂

    ‘Grandparents who loved the written word. Who were writers themselves. ‘ – Same here! My grandfather has even published!
    me-WOW!that is awesome!🙂

    ‘Yes, this is exactly why we all read didn’t we? We read not to escape this world but to create a world , a magical one, that was our very own.’ – so true!! I used and still get transported when I read !

    I started comics late – as in I normally used to prefer books to comics – wierd me🙂
    ‘I will search for those lanes where Mr Goon chased the kids.’ – me too🙂 I used to long for all those boarding schools!! I so wanted the life that I read about🙂 And I had a bunch of book crazy friends who used to read as much as I did🙂
    me-🙂 I preferred books to comics too😀

    Oh yes – any written word!!! I cannot imagine a world without books – just can’t!!!

    And now my daughter is the same! She loves books too and has a huge huge collection already🙂 She has to hear stories after stories before going to bed and now she pretends to read them too🙂
    me- awww..thats cute Smitha🙂
    see?she picked it from you guys na?the beautiful habit?:)

    Oh Abhi, this post brings back so many memories.. I feel like doing a post on my first and lasting love affair with books too!! Is there anything better? Not to me🙂
    me- PLEASE def def do a post on books🙂

    I remember thinking, when I was little, that the perfect job in the world is that of a librarian! To be around so many books is surely paradise!
    I still haunt libraries and have taught daughter to do the same🙂 Going to the library is a fun time for both of us🙂 A book can lift my mood, make me happy, make me think.. make me laugh.. it is a friend forever..
    Call me crazy but it is my first love and my always love🙂 It even sleeps with me🙂 One thing is for sure – when we build our house, we need a room dedicated to books – my puja room🙂

    me- librarian and bookshop owner😀
    so many of us had this dream😀
    oh yes!libraries make me sigh in bliss too😀

    thats beautiful!
    a puja room for books🙂
    yes that is what it is..
    thank you for this from the heart comment Smitha🙂
    ((hugs)).

    • June 3, 2009 2:49 pm

      Abhi – Talking about books gets my all worked up🙂 I love reading.. and am now reducing my blogging as it is cutting into my reading time🙂

      me- Talking about books gets you all excited up toh you are a true book lover😀
      that kind of excitement can only be understood by a bibliophile
      yeah blogging does do that na?
      I am trying to finish reading a novel.. cant find time🙂
      PS:-dont cut too much blogging time😛
      ((hugs)))

  36. June 2, 2009 4:23 pm

    Oh this post is swell!! Reminds me on my childhood!! Archies.. chandamama.. tinkle.. And famous five! Malory towers!!! I recently read the whole series of Anne of green gables series online from project Gutenberg! I used to borrow books from anyone n everyone.. as long as i could get to read! Its so nice to be able to buy now.. (coz i earn now )🙂
    me- anne of green gables?*sigh*the tv adaptation of this one was beautiful Winnie🙂
    do catch it sometime on hallmark🙂
    I love this series..
    lol!yes thats the best part about being a grownup..and earning..we can buy!

    creating a magical world of our own.. ah yes.. thats the best part of reading🙂 I have a fascination for moors n mist of ireland🙂
    me- ireland and scotland😀 and all the ‘shires ‘ in England🙂

  37. June 2, 2009 6:29 pm

    Your list of books made me go down the memory lane too, made me nostalgic.I also loved Richie Rich and Amar Chitra Kathas, among all the others that you’ve listed.
    me- its so beautiful and amazing to see that so many of us had the same books to read while growing up🙂

  38. June 2, 2009 6:55 pm

    oh mine tooo… Enid Blyton’s books filled my evenings in my school days.

    i remember till 12th class all my friends used to issue refreshers at the school library.. me the only one asking for “Secret Seven” or “Famous five”. ah.. those were the days.🙂

    and i used to collect champak.. used to buy them at the railway station..

    you brought in great old memories..

    me- amazing how most of us brought champaks at railway station😀
    I too did that😀 (matlab mom and dad did)
    Enid Blyton *sigh*
    nostalgia has struck hard!

    • June 2, 2009 9:38 pm

      Champak was a magazine I grew up on too!
      me-so much common in the memories of everyone here na IHM?🙂

  39. June 2, 2009 8:20 pm

    Lovely post and I could relate to every word u wrote!! U havent mentioned Five Find-Outers. I loved them the most and that was the best series among secret seven, famous five etc. And I liked St Clares better than Malory Towers. What were your favorites?
    me- thank you:)
    yep!five find outers too😀
    I liked both😀
    tough to choose between St Clares and Malory towers😀

  40. June 2, 2009 8:23 pm

    And oh I still read comics. I just bought the Chandamama Collector edition comprising of their best stories from last 60 years. My Mom was like – U r going to read chandamama??😀 I said I keep the child in me always alive🙂

    me- What?colllector’s edition??
    *envious*
    gimme your ghar ka address I will rob your house!:mrgreen: (and while we are on the topic of addresses I want Monika’s as well..to churao her C&H collection)
    *Monika runs away to hide her collection*

    LOL@I keep the child in me always alive😀
    but it IS true hai na?:)

  41. June 2, 2009 9:37 pm

    I betrayed my first love (books) and made the Blogosphere my first love😉 Reading a lovely book called ‘The Animal’s People’ right now, but here I chose to read this post and the book is here right next to me…. waiting!

    me- haw!A betrayal!😀
    but your abhi wala present love is good too😀

    Animal’s People is brilliant!

  42. June 2, 2009 11:07 pm

    Sigh, I too love to read but can rarely immerse myself in one totally without kids pulling me or husband demanding attention…I wish I was young and could sit with my legs up, twirling my hair and immerse myself in one Enid Blyton and forget the rest of the world…I wish…

    me- *sigh*
    responsibilities are to be dealt with too…mom says the same thing as you

    loved your description of how would you love to read the Blyton..🙂

  43. June 3, 2009 12:11 am

    Wow !

    I remember me and the books which always used to be with me, would love just anything in print other than what I was intended to read, the text books.

    I remember those Nandans, Chandamamas, Nagraj and Chacha Chaudharys

    I remember Pather Panchali’s hindi translation which was powerful enough to move a child to tears ..

    I remember Anand Mutth which shaped my ideology for life

    I remember Tom Sawyer, my first introduction with romance

    I remember Gorkey’s Mother and Dinkars poems which wont let me sleep

    I remember Gone with the Wind which screwed my First semester of Engineering😛

    When ever I turn back and remember my life, I am reminded of the books that I have read …. and the way they had made me what I am

    me-WOW!! thank YOU for this amazing list and the amazing way in which you have expressed your love for books🙂

  44. June 3, 2009 12:28 am

    Ever since I remember, I wanted a library of my own. I took the first step last year and bought a big book shelf. Its 80% full and still filling.🙂 I can just stare at it for hours.🙂 And the best part is that I designed that book shelf!
    I love the smell of the pages of a new book. Do you?
    Thanks for this post! I am missing my book shelf now!😦
    me- a library of one’s very own🙂
    my dream too🙂
    stare at it for hours😀
    what!!you designed it?
    wow!
    picture please:) seriously I am so curious😀
    I am sure it must be some work of art🙂
    I can soo believe that😀
    I too love the smell of pages of new books..
    go and sit in a bookshop for a few hours ..you wont miss the bookshelves that much🙂

    • June 3, 2009 3:26 am

      I am so jealous!!! Thats my dream!
      me-😀 join the club darl..we will open it together😀

    • June 4, 2009 12:27 am

      Oh! It was nothing Earth shattering. Its just that I was not getting the kind of shelf I wanted. So, I told myself – What the hell! I’ll design it myself.🙂
      I wrote a post about it. Here it is – http://mashedmusings.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/a-capsule-for-amnesia/

      me- I saw the pic and read the post🙂
      I loved the design..infact planning to get something built on the same lines🙂

  45. June 3, 2009 2:54 am

    Oh I am also a book lover and have read evrything from the childhood be it Chandamama,chacha Chaudhary, Lotpot,Chamapak,Sarita, Illustrated weekly,eve’s weekly, there are so many I cant even remember this time and then Enid Blyton was my fav. too, even Tom Sawyer, Pery mason, MB, and many hindi writers also..like Prem chand, Bhagwati Charan warma Shivani, I had a fullfledged library once when i was in NOida. Even now my house is always full of books and magazines..old like Thornbud to today’s Paul Coelho’s Brida..all type of varied books..from relationship managemet to chicken soup for the soul.
    Books are my life:)
    me-whoa!!quite a list there Renu🙂
    I like all of them..how could I forget lotpot?😀
    and Shivani is a fav of mine too:)
    Thornbirds is a classic
    your book shelves seem similar to mine
    the chicken series is really nice to read at times
    ((hugs)

  46. June 3, 2009 3:10 am

    First love books??? Hugs u twin!!! I wish we grew up reading together!
    me- awww..((hugs))right back😀
    I wish too😀
    maybe we did?
    were you the kid who sat on the swings with a book in hand and a look most adorable?😀

    I wasn’t fluent in my pronunciations in English and when shifted to an English medium in 3 rd std, life was about kids laughing when I read a para that the teacher wud ask me to
    me- let me at those kids😈
    who laughed at you?
    (((hugs)))

    Enter Enid Blyton!!!!😀😀

    Had no books, neither parents are reading fans…an aunt got me my first – the Young Adventurers and the Hollow Tree! I love Enid Blyton, tho I was secretly upset on her prejudice about the “male” and “female” roles…like boys always carried the rug sacks of food when camping and the girls we in charge of the cooking and washing!! My most fav is one with loads of animals as pets – Children at Green Meadows!!
    me- Enid Blyton opened up a whole new world for me too!😀
    yes her characters were usually quite conventional as in each gender was only given specific roles..thats why I loved gEorge’s character😀
    the animals as pets?oh man! how I remember having begged and begged to have pets..so we finally got two chotu rabbits 😀
    happiest day of my life!!😀

    Ever since I started reading, I knew when I begin earning I’ll buy my own books. Have used 30% of my sal in books -made a bookshelf, got slightly over 400 books now. Indi….C&H too! Come over so we can read together!
    me- yippee!now you def are my KR sistah!😀 my salary goes towards buying them too😀
    made a bookshelf?wow! after Amit now you:)
    made it ..awesome!
    C&H?I am coming right over!😀
    please please I will do whatever it takes to read them all😀

    I love ur list u nostalgic queen!!! there was a mallu one my mama used to read out called Kapish (about a monkey by that name)!
    me- thank you Crafty
    Kapish is a cute name😀

    I used to read these little booklets of He-Man. Hee I still remember! “By the power of the universe, I am He-Man!!!!”😀😀😀
    me- yep!he-man!
    I love that line too😀
    me too me too! thats what I want to say for your entire comment😀

    Boarding schools were never this delightful! Malory towers, felicity and Darrel and her amazing best friend Sally….
    u know Indi….i think u are like sally….witty, head firm on shoulders, insightful, a great friend and smart (now when can I expect the payment u promised for writing this?😛 )
    I dunno, as I wrote sally, I just thot u seem a lot like her!!
    me- aww…you are a darling Crafty😀
    seriously😀
    payment what payment?:mrgreen:

    aww kidding..(((hugs))muah🙂
    thank you for those really sweet words

    Mr Goon!!! Ha! I love his nephew Ernie! And all his “pomes and portry”….and how fatty cud reel away poetry and make Ern worship him!!! : D oh Indi! Look what u’ve done!! I gotta take one out and read!!!
    me- I loved his pomes😆😀 I am going to take out one too😀

    I never really liked Nancy drew so much coz it got predictable – every suspect was somehow connected to his father’s clients etc..n some of them very too romantic for my taste😛
    me- Lol!!
    yeah romantic was exactly why my teenage heart sighed so much😀

    I had no competition for picking up Agatha Christie from the lib! My friend’s wud always discuss about the tall dark handsome men in Mills and Boons while I silently fell in love with the egg-shape headed, pomade applying Hercule Poirot!!
    me-😀
    I would be err..your friend then😀
    I would pick up the M&B’s😉
    and a Hercule Poirot just to make sure that I looked *ahem*respectable😆

    I found great solace and even greater learnings from the most unexpected ones – Peanuts and C&H. Peanuts and the stories of how snoopy never remembered Charlie’s name, of unrequited love of lucy for Schroeder and the collapsing grades of patty!
    C&H – ah…I’ve done a post on that….

    me- peanut is such an amazing character na?

    Though now when I say Peanut it reminds me of Solilo’s Peanut😀
    you have done a post?
    lemme come and dig into your archives then😀

    Thanks for this wonderful post Indyeah! Me loved very much!!!!

    Now for some stern disagreement –
    U write in clichés??! Take that line back this instant Indi! Me no agrees…..

    U r anything but clichéd Indyeah! Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!😀

    me- aww..that is just so cute Crafty🙂

    I smiled on reading that
    (((hugs)))right back🙂
    muah🙂

    • June 3, 2009 3:18 pm

      Oh I loved poirot too!! I catch up those movies in sony pix that are adaptation of her books.. You know till date I have read around 50 books for Agatha christie.. all the books present in the college library😀😀
      me- wow!itni saari?😀
      awesome!🙂

      *hugs*
      ((hugs))right back darl🙂

      I started reading M n B in college coz it was cheap .. 5 bucks per second handed m n b.. I can never buy it new.. somehow.. feels like a waste of money.. when we can get second hand for 5.. how can u give 99 for the first one?

      me-EXACTLY my thoughts!😀
      I too cant bring myself to shell out money for MB’s
      5 bucks?
      we pay 15 here😦
      get me some too😀

      • June 4, 2009 2:21 pm

        You know, I never read MBs – coz they were too thin! I would finish them in an hour!! So would never borrow MBs from the lib or buy them🙂

        And have read all the Agatha Christies, it was my life’s mission to finish all the books ever written🙂
        me-exactly..they are so thin😀
        almost an insult to one’s intelligence😀
        I still read them nevertheless😉

        me-lol!It used to be my life’s mission to read all the books by the time I grew up😀
        ofcourse I had no idea how many books were there in the world😀

    • June 3, 2009 5:42 pm

      how did u write that bit about sitting on the swing with a book?? that was me at lunch time…i’m telling u Indi, i refuse to believe i haven’t known u and hitchy from long back!!!😀 fuzzy hugs!!!
      me-😀 see?I know you😛
      ((hugs))back😀
      it does seem thatw ay na?
      If I say another word in praise of Hitchy he’ll not be able to stand on the ground anymore:)))

      u didn’t read the one on calvin?? i thot u had coz of all the Calvin pouch!!😀 don’t dig, here it is –
      http://craftyshines.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/calvin-hobbes-a-tribute/

      hope u like it!!🙂
      me- coming right over!😀
      I will love it no doubts about that😀

      • June 4, 2009 11:42 am

        BOUT THAT SWING !!!

        At my house in bharuch we have a swing… a big one and a small one.. and yours truly would sleep on the big swing and keep on reading… !!! we would even tie a rope to a tree and just pull the rope to keep the swing in motion !!!! that with a Nimbu Sharbat that my mom makes is an ideal setting to read books !!!!!!!! cheeers !!😀
        me- now we know the reason behind the swing connection😀
        and the impish Dhirenbhai😀

        swing in the garden, nimbu paani and books…bliss!

        Though I have a feeling that you were too busy chasing various animals and such things in the garden to read the book😀

  47. June 3, 2009 3:13 am

    *crafty gets ready to refuse the crown*

    wud u look at the size of that comment???

    what can i say Indi? u make me chattier than ever…when we meet, i better take a coupla days off…

    me- aww..so cute😀
    you know me too well…
    I still will put the crown😀
    yes we will need more than a couple of days for sure
    (((hugs)))

  48. June 3, 2009 8:00 am

    Hey I meant,I am looking for the enchanted wood the way you will look for the cottage the five solved mysteries in.🙂
    I have the copy of the book actually.

    me-oops!!😀 my fault then😀
    yes the enchanted wood s were such a magical place..I always thought that they did exist somewhere🙂

    • June 3, 2009 2:51 pm

      There are woods behind my house – and daughter and I pretend that we are in the ‘enchanted wood’🙂 Or we pretend to be Pooh and Tigger walking in the woods🙂
      me- awww…how cute is that?🙂
      Pooh and Tigger😀
      or pretending that its the enchanted woods..
      children need this imagination na? and for parents to participate as well🙂
      you are lucky to be staying in such a place
      (((hugs)))for Poohi🙂

      • June 4, 2009 2:18 pm

        Yes, the problem is , as my husband says – both me and Poohi have an overactive imagination🙂 Oh yes, I love where we stay – will really miss it – if we have to move back to London😦

        me- thats cute😀
        and thats a compliment😀
        you are staying outside London na?
        do you have to go back?I mean its a must ?😦
        dont worry..abhi toh you are in L only na?

  49. June 3, 2009 2:47 pm

    Hey thanks so much for visiting my space and I am simply elated that you dropped comments as well..m beaming🙂

    And thanks again for your concern..yeah it was a throat infection!!! Now I will not make this place as my reply to your comment…atleast to read the reply I hope you will hit my place atleast once again🙂

    By the way..feedback Indyeah!!! And I am adding you to my blogroll…one more best of the blogs in my list…see I have a knack of picking up the best!🙂
    me- you are most welcome😀
    thats what the blogosphere is all about🙂
    thank you for adding me:)
    I did drop in and wrote a few comments🙂

  50. June 3, 2009 3:07 pm

    Though i had started reading books at a very later stage, i love them..
    Chandamama, Tinkle, Readers digest are my favorites. But as you said, readers digest has become very commercial these days.

    me- I love all those too :)!
    RD is not the same😦
    wish they would include those beautiful art works at the back atleast😦

  51. June 3, 2009 3:18 pm

    This is a post after my own heart.
    me-(((hugs)))
    yes I know you mad gurl😛
    now we have to go mad on sunday and click pics in the book bazaar😀

    I love books, though I am not able to hang on to them for long. I have had a book shelf at all my homes. Time spent reading is most blissful.
    me- I know re!🙂
    your love for books is obvious🙂

    And you know what, Naughtiest Girl (Naughtiest Girl again) that Malory Tower series, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Misha (a magazine) comics including Archie, Asterix Tinkle, Chacha CHowdhry and all others by Pran also were my favorite reads then.
    me- yippee!mere bhi!
    you know what Poonam?
    now will buy all the Enid Blytons I dont have this SUnday😀
    mazaa aayega🙂
    you and I wil go crazyy in the book market😀

  52. June 3, 2009 4:11 pm

    I completely concur with you..reading was always inculcated in me from Dad, and I used to hear puns like , My Dear Deer is very Dear, as far as I can remember, I had a old library sort of book shelf full of literature classics..thanks to Dad’s M.A. english curriculum..really fond memories!!

    me- that was good 😀 my dear deer is very dear😀
    your dad did his master’s in English?
    that def means a whole shelf of classics🙂
    cool! gald to know that you too are in love with books🙂

  53. June 3, 2009 5:10 pm

    books make the best friends…even when no one is available, books always are!! plus u can escape into an entirely different world(kinda like blogging) when u read…therefore,nothing beats books!!:D
    old, yellow-paged books are such a treasure…wud love it if someone gifted me such a book!!
    me- So true Mandy .. so very true🙂
    old, yellow paged books ???
    MAndy come to Delhi quick! I am telling ya gurl ..its been ages since I met soemone who said that!
    gimme that as a gift too anyday😀
    I mean no one I know likes old books at all🙂
    while for me even a dedication in some old books is a cause of wonder..I spend hours thinking of the history who must have gifted it..who must have read it..
    you know like here’s a gift for a lovely young lady from her baba🙂
    dated 1968

    I love such books🙂

  54. June 3, 2009 5:38 pm

    beautiful post Indyeah.. well, i have to say that “once upon a time” i was in that world an dloved it, but somehow things have changed over the years, not that i dont love books, i am just not patient enough.. there’s always something on my bedside table even now as i have to read something before i sleep, but that is about it..
    u reminded me of old times when libraries were my first love🙂
    me- aww thanks Scribbles🙂
    once upon a time ?😀

    yeah life changes..I have a feeling I too am headed that way🙂
    but anyone whose first love were libraries can never forget it
    you will always come back to your first love😉

  55. June 3, 2009 7:46 pm

    Indi. This has nothing to do with the post BUT why are you in a bitchy mood?? What’s up??

    me- ah! Badz😀 just a nice gup- shup session with friends😀
    nothing to worry about darl
    ((hugs))thanks for asking🙂

  56. June 3, 2009 7:51 pm

    Yippie..cheers and more cheers!!! Thanks a million friend🙂😀

    I am so excited…and I have been following the group – Solilo, Hitchwriter (Dhiren..rite?!), Kislay, Usha, Monika..and the list is endless. The common part is – everyone of the lot has superb blog!!!

    The way you write it….. (((hugs)))
    me- I am grinning after reading and looking at your excitement😀
    you are most welcome like I said🙂
    yep! thats the group or rather blogsamaaj as Dhiren calls it (yep! thats DHiren)
    we have many more friends in there, OG ,Smitha, Rakesh, IHM, many many more🙂
    happy blog hopping!😀

  57. June 4, 2009 11:03 am

    Enid blyton was simply the best.I remember bugging mom to make me all those things the kids in famous five eat and my sis was fighting to go n stay in a hostel. The magic of enid blyton. Then came the hardy boys and nancy drew which made us become detectives suspecting the motives of every stranger who comes to our dairy farm[summer vacations]. Me n my cousins seriously thought we were following a crime trail😀.

    Off late the thirst to read has come down drastically still it is these books which make us what we are…Wish something like jumanji would happen and take us into the book we read🙂

    me-welcome here Nautankey😀
    I like your name btw😀
    (I have a habit of saying naatak all the time)

    hai na?Enid Blyton’s books had that effect on kids😀
    everyone wanted to be in a boarding school😀

    which made us become detectives suspecting the motives of every stranger who comes to our dairy farm[summer vacations]. Me n my cousins seriously thought we were following a crime trail .😆

    tell me bout it😀

    I used to do the same😀
    ah!Jumanji !
    yeah if only ….
    loved your comment btw😀

  58. June 4, 2009 12:37 pm

    My affair with books started from the time I started reading! With both mom and dad away, and lots of time to kill after school, I turned to reading for comfort. And it stayed with me forever.
    Nothing works better than a good book to get you going in life..
    me- from the time you started reading?
    that must have been quite young then🙂
    Nothing works better than a good book to get you going in life..
    absolutely!
    books make us ponder over things we had never thought about..not to mention that they have so much more value too:)

  59. June 4, 2009 10:55 pm

    Enjoyed reading about your first love in this beautiful post.

    This post also brought back many memories of childhood, when we read books to “not to escape this world but to create a world , a magical one, that was our very own” – so aptly stated.

    As we grow older, books and our readings take on a different dimension and they tend to trigger new ideas and thoughts – trying to build on other people’s experiences in many creative ways – sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. Books, I believe, are full of treasures for the fertile mind and have always believed that there is no better gift than a book that suits the recipient.

    me- thank you Sir🙂
    books are always interpreted differently as we age..the same book can be looked at from so many angles….not to mention that we constantly look for new authors and ideas:)
    there is no better gift than a book that suits the recipient. that is SO true🙂

  60. June 4, 2009 11:26 pm

    Another book lover right here! And may our love stay endure the test of time! Lovely post, Indie🙂

    me- amen!to your words Mystic :)thanks🙂

  61. June 5, 2009 9:00 pm

    Totally and absolutely with you on this one Indyeah! Books are and always have been my first love. My happiest memories of childhood revolve around my weekly trips to the library, spending over an hour there and coming back with an arm-load of books…which would be finished by mid-week!

    Even before I was married, I knew that this was one love that I wanted to pas on to my children; so I would buy my favourites in preparation for the library that my some-day-to-be-born children would have!🙂

    A fantastic love and an enduring one. May the affair never end!

    me- now why am I not surprised?😀
    been reading your blog for sometime so I knew simply knew that you must have been an avid booklover and still are🙂
    so I would buy my favourites in preparation for the library that my some-day-to-be-born children would have!🙂
    awww that is sho cute🙂
    (((hugs))
    cheers to this love affair!😀

  62. June 8, 2009 2:01 am

    Thats such a fantastic, nostalgic & lovely piece🙂

    I was nodding half the time🙂

    Enid Blyton is my all time fav too…

    AM too overwhelmed to say anything more but am glad that even though veeery late but I cam here nahin to wud have missed this🙂

    me- thanks a lot Smitha🙂
    coming from an avid booklover that’s some praise 😀

    Enid blyton is the constant in out lives na?🙂
    of everyone here🙂

    (hugs)))coz you came nahin toh I would have missed your words😀

  63. June 8, 2009 4:01 am

    Sorry for late comment on this wonderful post Indyeah😦 actually I posted a comment thru my mobile few days back but it never got submitted..
    me- arre!its okay Kanagu🙂
    not a problem at all🙂

    Would you believe that I never read any of the books mentioned above… but I am… Actually there is one book similar to ‘chanda mama’ in Tamil called ‘Ambuli mama’, my mother used to tell about that.. but I never read that😦 But used to read all the children magazines getting distributed as supplementary with the newspapers.. all those comics and fantasies I love🙂

    me- Ambulimama?🙂 that sounds cute🙂
    you used to read all the children’s magazines na? and all the comics and fantasies? then that’s good enough🙂
    we all have different memories of childhood🙂 yours is unique too🙂

    and you are really an amazing reader.. do continue that.. its always a relief to have a good companion by our side always… now-a-days I am trying to read novels and some management books… my mom always scold me if I buy more books…. she will say ‘ Why are you wasting money??’ a worry of a normal mother..🙂
    me- thanks Kanagu🙂
    yes moms do worry na? its natural🙂

    its great to know that you are reading some books these days:)
    reading or not reading has nothing to do with anything Kanagu🙂
    though yes reading books is a good habit..
    but then some people read a LOT of books but still remain ignorant in life while some people barely read any books and yet know what life is all about🙂

  64. June 8, 2009 10:51 am

    Huh I cant find my comment……….my loooong comment😦

    About Malory Towers & ST. Claires & Five findouters & Galliano’s circus & Nancy Drew’s & Hardy Boys & perry Mason & PG wodehouse & James Hardly Chase & Sidney Sheldon.

    As it is ur page takes ages to load….after waiting so long, I write a looong comment & now I find out its not there😦

    me- Oh!😦
    my loss then Nancy !
    dont worry🙂
    you are here now na?🙂
    I can soo believe your long comment😀
    About Malory Towers & ST. Claires & Five findouters & Galliano’s circus & Nancy Drew’s & Hardy Boys & perry Mason & PG wodehouse & James Hardly Chase & Sidney Sheldon.

    (((Hugs)))I know waise that you are a true blue Enid fan😀

  65. June 9, 2009 5:03 pm

    I love books…so so so much. they’re my first true love too. Odd how i’ve never dedicated a post to my buddies :o) i will soon…
    love the way u write…came here from solilos blog🙂 and ur header rocks too!!

    me- welcome here Coffeeangel🙂
    (I love that name btw🙂 )
    thanks🙂 waiting to read a post on books on your blog now🙂
    thank you also for the header ..a dear friend has made it🙂
    keep coming🙂

  66. June 20, 2009 2:20 pm

    What a post!!!!

    Really. For me life began with amar chitra kathas. and then of course Enid Blyton came along…..I remember longing for midnight feasts, magical trees…what a world that was.

    I come from a family of readers too and it came as a bit of a shock when my sister just refused to take to books…..mom and i would try and try again…till finally something caught her fancy…i don’t remember the book but am so glad she reads too…..
    me- thank you so much Mumbai Diva🙂
    its so much fun to meet other book lovers na?🙂

    I can so understand what you mean when you say that you were shocked that your sis didnt read books 😀
    it was the same with my younger brother ..
    now thankfully like your sis he does * whew!*
    amar chitra katha !bliss!
    and Enid blytons?sheer heaven!!

  67. June 23, 2009 12:50 pm

    I started reading this post and wanted to read all the comments (I seem to be writing comments a bit late, most of the time! Don’t know why!) and then write my comment. I wrote one and it was so looooooooong. I am also a book lover and you have inspired me to write about it now and I shall do it. Thank you, Indyeah.
    me- you are most welcome Sandhya🙂
    will be looking forward to reading your book post🙂
    ((hugs)))

  68. July 16, 2009 4:36 pm

    how true, books are my first love too. I still have bound volumes of the comics…I love tintin too and then Amar Chitra Katha is an all time favourite. But sadly my kids don’t read…I don’t know why and I am sad about that…
    me-🙂 yay!:D fellow bibliophile!:)
    arre dont worry!:)
    kids pick it up in their own sweet time:)

    I know my younger bro did so much much later..read the comments and see how many have picked up the habit quite late…

  69. Dr Saurov Bora permalink
    August 24, 2009 11:56 pm

    ……….my mind takes me down memory lane…… ” am burrowing through a heap of old books at daryaganj….me on all fours ,on top of a musty smelling heap ,while my girlfriend gawks at amazement…..out on a hunt and after securing my kill( read a salinger and a kafka) had a sense of sublime satisfaction…..a “bibliological (?) orgasm” !!!
    ………………..hats off to the world of books and bibliophiles…….Amen

  70. April 1, 2010 8:26 am

    true ! so very true

    reading has been the only think that saw me thru a lot of bad times, in addition to painting and the violin of course !

  71. April 7, 2010 12:54 pm

    Hi ..first time here..
    i clicked on the link just by intuition… i knew it was not going to be a girl boy story!
    and wow… i’m glad i did.. your post took me down memory lane!
    i dont know how and when i took to reading but sure its my first love too🙂
    just loved the library/reading hours at school.. and at home… just couldnt get off to do anything else once i started reading.. i used to be in a world of my own
    in fact.. that has caused some heartaches.. my sis used to feel left out n lonely …which i never realised until she said so just sometime back..
    reading took a backseat after my daughter’s birth.. i’ve just slowly started off again … but then she doesnt like me drowned in a book .. so i’ve got to wait for a few more years i guess🙂
    even now.. we buy tinkle.. and most times theres a scramble to get hold of it. sometimes we even reread the same ones..
    thanks for this lovely post!
    me- Welcome here Priya:)
    I so understand what you mean. Those who have their noses buried in books forget the world around them…I was one big bookworm🙂
    Thank you for sharing your memories:)

  72. May 17, 2010 3:33 pm

    Books were my first love too🙂 And I owe interest in them to my mother. I had written a post on Enid Blyton’s books here: http://evanescentthoughts.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/revisiting-blyton/
    I liked your site. Will be back for more🙂
    me- Hey Avada:)
    Welcome here.
    Another Blyton fan?:) will be reading your post . Anything on Blyton brings back many memories.

  73. May 19, 2010 1:29 am

    🙂 Yummy!! Cant wait to dig in here:)
    😦 But have to wait… results coming out tomorrow, XII, so wl be busy again! But I’m going to cheat and keep sneaking here😛

    (((Hugs)))
    me- heard about results and thought of you…you didnt sleep the whole night did you?:) (((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))

    • May 19, 2010 4:18 pm

      Right! Dint sleep till 2 am… woke early again … still on the job…🙂 No energy😦
      (((Hugs)))

      me- You and your nail biting suspense I assume:) hai na? I met some old stduents of mine…they were so happy after the rsults..

      reminded me its been ages since I gave my boards! seems like it was a different era! *sigh* miss school days Ushus!

      being with them helps a lil though:)

      (((((((hugs)))))

  74. sayli shiralkar permalink
    June 13, 2011 2:44 pm

    Hi,

    I am searching for russian folk tales translated in marathi let me know if u have ne material……

    sayli

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