Thursday, May 18, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Well, I went to the bookfair yesterday and was (as expected) overwhelmed. Two things, however, struck me:
1) the educational book hall was a dense-packed, overfull clot of humanity, from stalls hawking little kidsтАЩ books to those selling university test-taking guides. In one stallтАЩs corner, I wandered over and spied 5 or 6 (apparently) late teens absorbed in tomes on operations research and nuclear physics.
2) all of the halls were overwhelmingly dominated by foreign (ahem. Make that non-English and non-Hindi) languages. Yes, intellectually I already know this and this, but itтАЩs quite another thing to be confronted with rows of stalls in Telugu or Urdu or Marathi or Tamil, each with their own hundreds of books on display.
As with most things in India, it was something of a
baтАвbel also BaтАвbel
1. A confusion of sounds or voices. See synonyms at noise.
2. A scene of noise and confusion.
(p.s.: I didnтАЩt see any Anita DesaiтАжat least in English.)
Thursday, December 01, 2005
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