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: Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor

A certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names. In the title piece, we learn what Iraqis go through in their beleaguered land merely to get hold i a book, and how selling books from their own libraries on the street helps some put bread on the table. These are all personal reflections—as when Tharoor devotes an entire column to answering the criticisms of an Indian journalist, deflecting critiques of his hairstyle and choice of clothing.

Looks interesting, and a suitable introduction for a layman par excellence. booklesx

Bookless in Baghdad

One thing that clearly emerges from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. NC was the quintessential anglophile and an exemplar of Indophobes. This is the first book by Tharoor that I have read, and I found bopkless quite interesting for the fact that it booklses a collection of essays primarily focusing on various Authors and the pressing need to read and write good literature. Jan 29, Vismay rated it liked it.


The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has undergone seven hardback re-printings there. Arcade Publishing Publication Date: Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. The televised, episode edition of Mahabharata had million in audience, was screen-written by a Muslim.

Despairing one day and seeking refuge from a thunderstorm, he found himself in a dank, musty cave.

Inspirations, Reconsiderations, The literary life, Appropriations and Interrogations. I give it four stars, because at times, the prose gets redundant, opulent and disconnected from reality. But he is immensely readable, without having to make any special efforts. Something about his writing was intriguing. bookess

Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers

Well, for that Tharoor has to definitely write another book, and I certainly look forward to reading it. Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor. Such a fun read. Posted by Sandhya Iyer at Tharoor’s tongue-in-cheek humour, rich expression and extensive knowledge about the authors he has read, of places he has been to and the booklfss he has had while romancing with his partly political, partly literary career clearly make him the best author to be born on bookles Indian soil and make us Indians proud to be living under the same skies as him!

But I was delighted to discover that I wasn’t entirely true in my judgement.

Want to Read saving…. Jan 14, Muthu Raj rated it really liked it.

Penguin Shashi Tharoor in his present role as Minister may have come under sharp attack for a variety of reasons. To tell you the truth, regardless of your impressive stint at the U. Of course, he himself mentions it more than a dozen times, saying his literary pursuits are as important to him as his erstwhile role at the UN.


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I was sure Tharoor was a great writer but had absolutely no idea that he was an Indian’s retort to British hot-shots like Dickens, Austen and for that matter, even Rowling!

Tharoor’s personal favourites Wodehouse and Rushdie receive a graceful tribute in the pages. Naipaul, and Winston Churchill make for fascinating reading. Also, for those who have read his earlier books like Riot, Show Business and The Great Indian Novel, there’s a great deal about them here, where Tharoor explains the themes he tried to tackle and even nookless up a spirited defense for one of his books that was not well-reviewed in India.

Open Preview See a Problem? At 3 years he was reading Noddy and soon moved on to other stories by Enid Blyton. For some reason, it makes me more sympathetic towards Tharoor. But this book’s topics—as well as the author’s liberal use of culture-specific shorthand—would seem to make it primarily of interest to the Anglophone Indian community.

He expounds on topics like literary criticism and reviewing patterns. Published July 11th by Un Publishing first published January 1st