Why I read

I have been asked this question enough times in my life to be bothered by it. Most times, I just get all prickly and silently bark ‘why the heck should you be concerned’ at the questioner while the audible quip is something more puerile and polite. I do not find it odd at all, for example, if someone who is knackered and at the threshold of being comatose, wills themselves to stay up a wee bit and read a couple of pages- so that if they die in their sleep reading is the last thing they did. Hyperbole eh?

Another common but equally witless query is ‘why so many books simultaneously? Huh? Come again please. We rotate clothes and food and even people (if we can)- and yet you want me to read the same book, at one go, without regard for how or what I feel at the moment? How naive can you be?

Then, there is the problem of content. Apparently, some people find it hard to wrap their heads around to the fact that Middle Eastern history, witches, reborn kings, lone- man demolition armies, Afghani housewives, serial killers, quirks of Gandhi, Indian elections, American democracy, second- chances romance; everything is worth a read. Of course it is, just depends on the disposition at the time of choice.

Now coming back to the question of why I read. I do not have or need a reason to do so. It is not for the need for information, or want of enlightenment or to further intellect or wisdom. I do so, because I enjoy it. Period.

Till next time,


P.S. – Now, if someone asks me why I am an obsessive book hoarder- there is a question I CAN answer. I attribute it to the trauma during my childhood where my parents enforced the thought upon me that reading anything other than school textbooks is an utter and almost complete waste of my time. Probably.

Day 10- Pursuits less worthy?

10 days

  1. Frozen 2 X 3 (maternal obligation)
  2. Frozen 1 (torture)
  3. Black hawk down
  4. Olympus has fallen
  5. London has fallen (obviously)
  6. Ayyappanum Koshiyum
  7. Action hero Biju (revisit)
  8. Bala
  9. John Wick
  10. A quiet place
  11. Triple frontier
  12. The Witcher- Season 1
  13. The dark knight trilogy (again!)
  14. Sherlock Holmes
  15. Elementary – random episodes
  16. Lucifer- random episodes

10 days.

  1. The anarchy
  2. On hundred years of solitude (again, after ages)
  3. My seditious heart
  4. All the light we cannot see
  5. The Witcher- The last wish
  6. Ruin and rising (Grishaverse book 3)


Till next time,





The Summer 2015 Nerdy Lust List!

I am an unabashed nerd. A polished, and made- up nerd these days, but a nerd nevertheless. And I can still get into my frumpy, unkempt, snooty avatar whenever I feel the need to. Stationary makes me weak in the knees, as much as shoes do. If asked to choose between a designer bag and the complete works of a particular author I like; I might go sick with confusion. A YSL lipstick and a Lamy both call out to me equally…Sigh!

I shall let the pictures do the talking..


Source- http://www.toolshop.co.za/details/leatherman-raptor/526#products
Source- http://www.toolshop.co.za/details/leatherman-raptor/526#products

Wouldn’t this be handy dandy in the emergency room!

Midori/Traveler’s Notebook in Brown

Source- www.pencils.jp
Source- http://www.pencils.jp

This takes you to a world of it’s own folks. And the people there are simply mental!

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen

Source- www.amazonsupply.com
Source- http://www.amazonsupply.com

An icon. Truly one of a kind. For the serious fountainpen-ers only.

The complete works of Haruki Murakami

Source- www.haruki-murakami.com
Source- http://www.haruki-murakami.com

Would save me the trouble of ordering the next one every week.

The Pebble Steel


Step away Apple, these guys are the real deal! An unpretentious smart watch minus the hype, faff and fluff.

The FitBit Charge HR

Source- product website
Source- product website

Finally, an upgrade.

Calling all nerds to state current lusts..


Till next time..

Dr J.