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…

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…

Was Duryodhana a bad or a good king to his people?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Technically speaking, Duryodhana was never ‘king’. He remained self-proclaimed heir apparent until his death. Dhritarashtra was still King of Hastinapur before, during and immediately after the Kurukshetra war…at least until he renounced the throne and retired to the forests. Yes, Duryodhana wielded immense influence over his doting blind father, so…

What do you think would be the ending of Game of Thrones?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Okay here’s my fairytale ending 😛 … 1 – Daenerys will be crowned Queen of Westeros and having no children of her own, she will name Jon, her nephew, the ‘blood of her blood’, as her rightful heir. 2 – Daenerys is not going to get out of the series…