In one of the scenes Sanjeev Kumar is showing reading a book by Ernest Hemingway. For quite some time I try to figure which book it is, and then during a close up, I see it is Byline. It is a collection of Hemingway's journalism and dispatches from war fronts. The book is no longer available in Indian bookstores. At least I have never seen a copy. But I proudly possess a hardcover edition; and that's because I stole it. Well, stealing is not the right word here -- it is just that I did not return it to its rightful owner. Had the owner been a Hemingway enthusiast or a serious reader, I would have never borrowed the book in the first place. But I had borrowed the book from the Kanpur Public Library, and as the stamp had indicated, the book was last borrowed in the 1960's. Since no one was interested in the book for 30 years, I reasoned, no one would be interested in the future as well.
My reasoning was correct: books are the least sought-after commodity in Mulayam Singh Yadav's Uttar Pradesh. Byline is at least safe in my shelf: my heart would have broken if I had found myself eating samosas off one of its pages.
no they dont make movies like that anymore; no they dont make music like that anymore; no they dont read books like that anymore :)
You were up till 1.30 AM and you weren't watching football! You missed Holland vs. Portugal, a game in which there were 4 red cards, 16 yellow cards and one heartbreaking goal!!
How could you?! :)
And you are a Bengali! (*D&C shakes his head*)
Hi Biswanath, yeah.. they definitely do not read books like that anymore in the movies.. :)
They probably would be clutching self-help book in the movies nowadays..
Do you always read whats on the paper you eat off? I find it endlessly amusing but I've never got a page from a book, always from a newspaper.
They dont make such movies anymore and nor do they write, or read, such books these days. Pity.
New to your blog, after reading your column in the Indian Express yesterday, about blogging.
Neat blog, will frequent !
Atul: Fully agree :)
Dazedandconfused: I am not a BIG football fan (actually I forgot about the 12.30 match!)
Sathish: Yes, self-help books are in!
Beks: I don't eat off paper very often these days but yes, I tend to read the paper while eating.
Deepa: There are still people who read and write books, but it's more like an industry now. Am not complaining though :)
Verbaltorture: Welcome to my blog :)
Thanks for visiting my blog and yes...nothing goes like the movies from the good ol' days...I cannot seem to enjoy new movies like I enjoy them ol' ones...
Kanpur Public library....I'll go and complain :-) :-)
Good post as usual.
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