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  There is something about dying early especially among writers and poets. In an ironical turn, we are not to see them grow old ever. We do not see what they have may ultimately turned out to be. Take for example the English poet John Keats; his passing away at 26 was a tragedy, but also gave us a body of work that was romantic and unaffected by what may have turned into the bitterness of old age.   Dear bookworms, we honour today one of the greatest of th...
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  Hello bookworms, thankfully the fierce Pune summer of last week has waned a bit and it is not unpleasant to step out in the evenings. It also implies that the weather during the day is most suitable for reading books. Here is a pick of questions for the week.   Which is the appropriate book on travel that you would suggest as a gift to a friend? -  Mihika Singh, Noida The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux is one book that you can gift. It has the excer...
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  Hello bookworms, thankfully the fierce Pune summer of last week has waned a bit and it is not unpleasant to step out in the evenings. It also implies that the weather during the day is most suitable for delving deep into books. Here is a pick of queries from the many we received over the week.   Looking for some poetry on women; can you recommend please? Thank you for writing. You can refer to Maya Angelou's poetry; she has written on the emancipation o...
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  There are many mirth-inducing books that the British comic writer P.G.Wodehouse wrote, we shall talk here specifically of three: Meet Mr. Mulliner, Mr. Mulliner Speaking and Mulliner Nights. Each book contains a series of short stories narrated by the politely forceful and elderly Mr. Mulliner at Angler's Rest - one of Britain’s many chatter-friendly pubs. Any topic of conversation at the pub leads to Mr. Mulliner remembering a story of one of his distant...
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  It is the dawn of yet another New Year. We have lived to tell the tale having outlived all the catastrophes from the past year. Rejuvenated, yet a little dazed, I’m all set to read and answer your queries. To start this New Year with a book on travel (although I’ve barely read any), which one would you suggest to me? Thanks! - Manish Ranjan, Bangalore Thank you for writing. You can start from The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Riveting i...
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  “Be sure to enjoy language, experiment with ways of talking, be exuberant when you don’t feel like it – language can make your world a better place to live.” - Deborah Levy Deborah Levy has experimented with fiction, plays and poetry. Her plays have been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her novels - Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl and Swimming Home have received astounding response. She has also...
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  Almost seven decades have passed since a young girl’s diary entries first illuminated the literary world. We are talking of the poignant, free-willed, capricious, moody and joyful shades of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. Frank was barely 15 when she died in a concentration camp, yet the diaries exude hope and make a blessing out of boredom.  All this, even as Nazis were either exterminating Jews or looking to smoke out those in hiding ...
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Now what does it take to inspire man? Tales of heroes, men who stood their ground in the face of death for freedom, singers, directors, leaders who broke convention to make the world a better place. So are men inspired, and these traits are universal. The unconventional owner of the Virgin Group Richard Branson shares his life story and how he took the risks to become what he is today. The book ...
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Inspiring quotes from books They say authors have seen it all. They are able to pen books, poetry, fiction because they are sensitive, sensible, observant and articulate. Here are some words of wisdom from authors that we have loved reading. Their profound knowledge and simplicity is something you will enjoy and gain immensely from. We vouch for that.    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” Oscar Wilde, who was ...
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Writer, trekker, mountaineer, motivational speaker and philanthropist, Bear Grylls is an individual who dons several hats and he inspires today’s teenagers. Synonymous with the popular television series, Man Vs. Wild, he was the youngest Briton to climb the Everest and he has narrated his dare-devil climb and experiences in The Kid Who Climbed Everest . His believes, “The difference between ordinary and extra-o...
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