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…

Where do I buy books in India?

I buy original English titles only. New, and in good condition. Answers from any state is welcome. Please help me out. I’d love stores which offer discounts. Thanks. Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’d vote for Crossword Bookstores, any day! They have their stores dotted all over the country, mainly in the main metro cities,…

What do you think about the book “The Kite Runner”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A, Riddhiban. If I were to start talking about any of Khalid Hosseini’s books, I’d have to sit and write pages and pages. The effect his writings have on me are one of a kind. No other author has been able to make me cry in…

What is the best inspirational or spiritual book you have ever read?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2a. One of the most inspirational books I have read till date is ‘Arthashastra’ by Chanakya (Kautilya), and his other equally splendid work, ‘Chanakya Neeti’. These ancient Indian political treatises were written by Chanakya, the political adviser to the first emperor of the ancient Maurya empire,…