Friday, August 05, 2005

More On Books

When we shifted to MIG 175 (our quarter number in Vizag), I got a new friend - a friend for life - Balaji Mama. He was Appa's colleague in Steel Plant who was newly married and was staying alone, as his wife had gone home for delivery. So, he would visit us often and thus our friendship started. Balaji mama has always had this wonderful knack of befriending young girls and being their closest buddy - he would crack so many jokes, make so much masti, play with me, discuss topics with me, teach me new things (i give him the credit of my little knowledge of the game of Chess). A Brilliant to the "Tee" is Balaji Mama...

At that very young age, apart from his nature, what I loved most about Balaji Mama was the wide knowledge of books that he had , and (slyly) the wide variety of books he had, and the fact that we both were crazy fans of the indomitable gaul - ASTERIX. He had a beautifully bound collection of all the books of Asterix and he was soo proud of his collection - which attracted me all the more to that bookshelf (I myself am a person who takes great pride in her collection of books , one can often find me just gazing at all the books I have and lovingly touching all of them) ... I admired and idolized Balaji Mama - he is one of my favourites even today and will always be... Slowly, i worked into balaji mama's heart and his book collection and devoured all the Asterix comics more than 10 times... To this day, I am mad about collecting Asterix books ..

Then came into my life, plenty of writers, novels, magazines and what not ...
It would be unfair if I did not mention how crazy I was about the stories published in Women's Era at one point in time ... Saro Athai has/had this huge collection of Women's Era. Whenever we went to Chennai, it was my favourite passtime to find one corner in the dusty bedroom and read Women's Era ... I loved each one of the stories and also adored the "How i met my husband" column .. It was my dream to be able to send my life story to that column - all this at the age of 16-18 ... hee hee ... I would always be astound by the Personal problems column, thinking do such things ever happen in life.. I also liked to read the columns that depicted real happenings in people's life (serious and comedy) - don't remember the exact name .. I also loved the Travel column in Women's Era ..

More to come on books ...

2 comments:

Inca said...

Dusty bedroom is the right place for you. ha ha ha...Nice blawg...

Inca said...

Dusty bedroom is the right place for you. ha ha ha...Nice blawg...