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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Salman Rushdie, Shashi tells us, is the leader of his profession, much like Wodehouse was, to the Brit writers, at one point in time.

The title of the book, I thought, was brilliantly chosen. The only possible idea of India is that of a bookleds greater than the sum of its parts P.

Bookless in Baghdad

Despairing one day and seeking refuge from a thunderstorm, he found himself in a dank, musty cave. Tharoor’s personal favourites Wodehouse and Rushdie receive a graceful tribute in the pages.

I picked this book up in Kerala on my first visit to India. This book is a selection of the newspaper columns Shashi Tharoor has written over the years. But amongst its pages there is a world waiting to be explored, especially for someone who missed the happenings of the 90s and the previous decade by the fact we were still toddlers or not conceived at the time.

The book is a must read and will give you a perspective on the Indian I don’t understand why are there a handful of reviews for this great book.

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Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers

Also, for those who have read his earlier books like RiotShow Business and The Great Indian Novelthere’s a great deal about them here, where Tharoor explains the themes he tried to tackle and even puts up a spirited defense for one of booklesd books that was not well-reviewed in India.


He couldn’t possibly give up or live without either. I felt the same.

Spread over 40 essays, Bookless In Baghdad offers Tharoor’s excellent commentary on all matters literary. He has also coined a memorable comparison of India’s “thali” to the American “melting pot”: Books of the Week. He went to temples and to monasteries, to mountaintops where sages meditated and to forests where ascetics scourged themselves, but nowhere could he find the truth. I am not sure if he was able to answer the why but certainly the how has been answered. But my point was that such pedestrian writing diminished Narayan’s stories, undermined the characters, trivialised their concerns.

Alas, the title essay, about the “book souk” in besieged Baghdad, is something of a red herring. But I’m a big fan of the guy and may end up reading more of his books.

Some of the essays were 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 Mt. I was with my mother for this huge prize-selection trip for her college students which required us to stay in a bookshop all day long.

Spread over 40 essays, Bookless In Baghdad offers Tharoor’s excellent commentary on all matters literary. Kambar postulates that the Indian cultural sensibility is marked by its non-linear notion of time. His essay on Globalization and Human Imagination is very well though-out and brings to our attention the essential source of terrorism — Marginalization, exclusion, political exploitation, and most importantly, Education. I sure want more Please add book to my quotes 5 15 Feb 05, In any case a true literary enthusiast can be sniffed out only by another bokless that unique breed that can’t pass a bookstore without entering it.

N was bathetic in his writing might have hurt his ardent admirers, many times for the simplicity of his language but is both indefensible and right, at the same time. But the most touching chapter is the title one, where he describes his visit to Baghdad and a book bazaar where a cornucopia of books were laid out for sale. Please add book to my quotes. He shares with us his eclectic taste in literature: Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.


If the stories were alien, we weren’t alienated; they were to be read and enjoyed, not mined for relevance. The best baghdac you can pick up the book from any chapter and yet feel so connected with the jocularity! As the cover says, this is a collection of writings on writers. To ask other readers questions about Bookless in Baghdadplease sign up. Wodehouse, I immediately made sure a copy of his anthology was ready to be borrowed as soon as I went back to college.

If you call Rowling hypnotic, this man is Buddha himself considering Buddha was a master of hypnosis! Learned a great deal of words.

He started very early. Feb 02, Sarinkumar Ps rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Also bookleess my question how a good book can influence one persons thoughts.

His love for Salman Rushdie is evident in the three separate pieces on or about the author, but what I am confused by is Tharoor’s insistence on booklesa Rushdie for India. Jun 27, Aparna rated it it was amazing.

Bookless in Baghdad

The book is organized in five sections. 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.

Surely he can do much better.

He says it is precisely the lack of politics in Wodehouse’s writing, one based in an idyllic world Unfortunately Shashi Tharoor cones across as woefully self-absorbed in many of the pieces, especially the ones where he defends his own books. Is it because of a lingering nostalgia for the Raj?

But in the first few pieces only I realized that I was in bgahdad a roller coaster ride.