This was due since I don’t know how long. The promise I made myself a decade ago that once I start making a good earning, I’ll buy books worth Rs. 10,000 from the book fair. Yea, I was that crazy about collecting books. Collecting, not reading.
Anyhow, I managed to spend roughly 5K of the promised 10K on books from India Book Fair 2020. I decided to go on a week day to avoid crowds. It turned out to be a cold and wet day, but I was slightly excited nonetheless. A nice little, “Running late for office” message was sent to the office group and I asked Google maps to navigate me to Pragati Maidan metro station. Once I parked my rickety old WagonR in the metro station parking lot and headed for the Pragati Maida gates, thankfully there was not a lot of crowd. In fact a little below expectation which made me question, “Are book fairs still popular or that time is long gone along with my childhood?” But once I entered one of the exhibition halls, there were a lot of people.
I tried to visit every stall, but there were just too many. I wanted to scan every book on display, but there were a lot of them. I wanted to spend time in every stall, but there was just too less time. I realized this when I ended up spending about an hour in the first stall itself. As I entered by 4th publisher stall, my hands were already aching with the weight of books I had already bought. Damn, I wish the organizers provided some kind of a shopping cart? I don’t know how many people realize this but more than 4-5 books can get really heavy.
Ok, so here are the list of books I bought.
- And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
Wanted to read this since long
- Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
The description on the back caught my attention
- The court of Owls
Whoa! A batman novel
- Good Motoring – H.Kishie Singh
Following up on my passion for driving and cars, I couldn’t let go a dedicated book on it.
- Yudhisthira – The unfallen Pandava
For the love of Hindu Mythology
Looks like a good read
- White Fang – Jack London
I have read Jack London before and the way he writes stories around the harsh snow landscapes is just amazing.
- India – Early History
If you’ve read “Sapiens” before, the first few chapters on how humans evolved is so intriguing. I am hoping this book sheds more light on India specific early human tribes.
- Mahabharata – AmarChitraKatha set of three books
I am big fan of AmarChitraKatha and used to read their books as a kid. I bought these solely for Nostalgia.
- Stories from Bapu’s life
The theme of this year’s book fair was Mahatma Gandhi, so why not.
- Mir Space Station
I hoping to relish a space based fantasy story from this one.
- Everest – My journey to the top
- My journey to the magnetic north pole
I am looking for a nice adventure through snow from both of the above
- Gautam Buddha
Want to gift this to Aparna, who’s a big fan
- Social life of plants
This one talks about how plants and trees communicate with each other. Sounds rather interesting.
- Random Curiosity.
I have literally no idea why I bought this one.
- Raavnputr Meghnad
This book had a quite a few posters and was being promoted heavily for some reason. Had to buy it.