Shashi Tharoor is once again at his provocative best. In the title essay, we learn the steep price paid by some Iraqis just to obtain a book; what does it mean. However, what emerges clearly from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. One is aware that he has constantly. Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers. Shashi Tharoor, Author. Arcade $25 (p) ISBN

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Bookless in Baghdad

Well, was I glad I picked this up! I picked this book up in Kerala on my first visit to India. Feb 28, Anukriti rated it really liked it. From telling us about his childhood days and how books became dear to him; to how he looks upon the eminent contemporary authors and some grt authors from the prvious generation. Thanks you Tharoor – for giving me a flash back into every single phase of an enthusiastic Indian reader’s life!

In these times when patriotism is equated with jingoistic nationalism and majoritarian politics, Tharoor’s book is an antidote for these tendencies and should be prescribed as a compulsory read in schools and colleges. Writing, Reading, criticism, book-reviews, musings – this book is a joyride if u like Tharoor’s elegance, wit and irreverence. Shashi Tharoor, in his present role as Minister, may have come bookless a lot of attack for a variety of reasons.

He couldn’t possibly give up or live without either. And this comes from a man whose every novel is a depiction of Indian culture and heritage in one sense or another.

Bookless in Baghdad

Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. Narayan, and his defense against the allegations of elitism, are very much capable of being empathized with. I am not sure if he was able to answer the why but certainly the how has been answered. But he is immensely readable, without having to make any special efforts. Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor.


Tharoor puts on display numerous essays about reading and books. So when I decided to pick this book lured by the fact that I was able to get a decent condition hardback copy in second hand, my expectations were very low.

Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy. His words on various poets and their works just proved how inspiring their words baghxad. Each of his books has been a best-seller in India. The book is a must read and will give you a perspective boojless the Indian literary legends.

Some of all this is enjoyable but quite a lot is a tad boring, especially when baghfad starts sprinkling anecdotes from his St. From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond should be immediately skipped for the next. Quotes from Bookless in Baghd There may be something more Freudian to it but for now we can agree that I have liked reading this book quite a lot. Reconsiderations, his writings on various authors like Wodehouse, Pushkin, Narayana and even Rushdie and Naipaul. The Best Books of This article about a non-fiction book is a stub.

Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek International and the International Herald Tribune. It is indeed so, for it never identified with a particular religion. Narayan, I have indeed received the same joy, as you most certainly have, on reading P. Tharoor is a past master of the Wodehousian wit. Not to be missed if you’re a fan of the author. He is a teeny bit bragging, when he writes about his Show Business novel, as well as his Riot novel.


Something about his writing was intriguing.

This book is a selection of the newspaper columns Shashi Tharoor has written over the years. One thing that clearly emerges from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. He has also coined a memorable comparison of India’s “thali” to the American “melting pot”: But I shall touch on points that I think will make you want to read this.

This book is not ‘just another I-love-literature-because-I’m-a-writer’ sort of bookit’s more than that! Some of the essays booklsss not of particular interest for me but over all it’s a joyful read for anyone who love books and want to go on a bumpy ride of the reading world with This book of Mr.

Mr Tharoor seems to be one who doesn’t mince words; I personally like that. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat This book is a collection of Tharoor’s newspaper columns, all centered around a ‘writers and writing’ theme.

Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor

Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast. This was the first time I read any of Shashi Tharoor’s work.

Jun 27, Aparna rated it it was amazing. This section of the book, titled Reconsiderationsmakes the book. It starts from his stories of early life and what dominated his time as a young reader. A bit self indulgent, nevertheless a nice book.