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 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…

What books do you remember reading during your childhood?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: If I remember correctly, my very first book was a yellow colored hard-bind volume of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ I remember that the book had simple words and the longer words had tiny icons/images to help us read faster. I must have read it so many times. I still…

Should I read the Bhagavad Gita?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When it comes to reading, I don’t believe in telling someone that they ‘should’ read something…unless it is your school textbooks that you’re talking about, of course. Forcing a person to read something they have no interest in is one of the most tortuous things ever. If someone were to…