What is the thing you thought in a different perspective in life?

Self-Help Books You get to see entire shelves of these in every library and bookstore around the world. But I have always wondered how these can actually work as they claim to. I mean… these books were written by people based on their experiences in their life. How can they actually work for everyone? For…

As a bookworm, what would make you hate a novel instantly?

Unaesthetic inclusions of sleaze. I’m okay with a little bit of mush as long as it is essential to the overall story line. Too much of anything is bad, though. When I start to read a novel, I expect it to have an interesting story line… not the script for a porn movie. Poor grammar….

What helps you get lost in a book, other than the story itself?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Character descriptions The more vividly a character is described, the more involved I get in the book. I enjoy reading books where they have described the characters’ voices, detailed their attires, their tiniest mannerisms, etc. It takes the story to a whole new level and makes the reader feel like…

Who are people’s favourite characters in the Mahabharata? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When anyone mentions the Mahabharata, there are some key characters who are usually hero-worshiped by all fans of the work. Krishna The mastermind behind the whole sequence of events that unfolded. The apple of everyone’s eyes. And one of the few characters who was cordial with almost everyone on both…

How could Abhimanyu or sons of Draupadi be around 16 years old during the war when it was said that Arjuna himself trained them in weapons, Dhoumya trained them in Veda, and the sacred-thread ceremony was also done even before the Rajasuya Sacrifice?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The ages of the various characters of our epics have been a matter of great debate since forever. There are some popular versions like how it is said that Abhimanyu was 16 years old when he was killed on the battle-field, which would imply that the Pandavas (and Krishna) were…

Who is the most frequent author on your bookshelf?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Actually I don’t have a favorite author as such. Y’know, the kind where I would hoard every one of their books? My bookshelves look like a potpourri of various genres by all sorts of authors. Among paperbacks, the most frequent authors on my shelves are Jane Austen, Amish Tripathi and…

What is a common Indian’s view about Arundhati Roy?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I didn’t know that one of my favorite authors had a different side to her until I read some of her comments being reported by news channels. Arundhati Roy has always been the creator of one my favorite books – The God of Small Things – and that is what…