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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NC was the quintessential anglophile and an exemplar of Indophobes. Oct 06, Sukanya rated it it was amazing. 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. He has described his taste for books ranging from Wodehouse to Pablo Neruda and likes of Churchill as well. It starts from his stories of early life and what dominated his time as a young reader.

Narayan, and his defense against the allegations of elitism, are very much capable of being empathized with. I was moved to the edge of kicking myself for not reading it before! Reconsiderations, his writings on various authors like Wodehouse, Pushkin, Narayana and even Rushdie and Naipaul. Oct 24, Abhinav rated it really liked it Shelves: Anyone who has EVER found themselves reading medical prescriptions off of tablet boxes bookleess their pamphlets in lack booklesa books which I usually did when we were shifting one city to another and hadn’t unpacked all our things in t Thanks you Tharoor – for giving me a flash back into every single phase of an enthusiastic Indian reader’s life!

Jun 27, Aparna rated it it was amazing. The essays are divided among five headings namely Inspirations, Reconsiderations, The literary life, Appropriations and Interrogations. One year I kept a list of the volumes I’d finished comics didn’t counthoping to reach before the calendar did. I loved this book. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability.


Surely he can do much better. The best is you can pick up the book from any chapter and yet feel so connected with the jocularity!

Appropriations talk about some lighter topics remotley related to reading and ln Interragotaions, speeches given by Tharoor looking at the larger picture.

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Sep 03, Kieh rated it really liked it. Perfect for a travel time. Narayan, I have indeed received the same joy, as you most certainly have, on reading P. Views Read Edit View history.

If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. To tell you the truth, I haven’t imagined you to be much of a writer. Posted by Sandhya Iyer at The intellectual elitism and the accompanying lifestyle that served him well all these years while he worked for the United Nations started to stick out like a sore thumb in his role as a public servant.

He couldn’t possibly give up or live without either. When he recently put himself up at a five star suite for abghdad on end because the government bungalow was not ready, many thought it was unbecoming of a public representative.

Thanks you Tharoor – for giving me a flash back into every single phase of an enthusiastic Indian reader’s life!

Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers

Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. It of course was my own failing, not being able to hear the other side of the story, but then you weren’t as vociferous in your arguments bopkless your critics were. I realize now that my review has unintentionally transformed halfway from a guide to a commentary. After all, the epic has, throughout the ages, been the object of adaptation, interpolation, reinterpretation and expurgation by a number of retellers, each seeking to reflect what he saw as relevant to his time P.


Many things come to light in this chapter. A Bombay child read Blyton the same way a Calcutta kindergartner sang “Jingle Bells” without having seen snow or sleigh.

Penguin Shashi Tharoor in his present role as Minister may have come under sharp attack for a variety of reasons. Also answered my question how a good book can influence one persons thoughts. This collection almost seems to be written with the sole aim of establishing Shashi Tharoor as broadly erudite and deeply eloquent. Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek Bookkless and the International Herald Tribune.

Shashi Tharoor Year Of Publishing: Just a single little statement was the clincher. I once again apologize.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Best Books of Shashi Tharoor can be funny, when he chooses to. That’s why I ask for your apology. The rest can be read here: Why ever would such a well read, sane person want to tread the murky water of politics?