A Bibliophile's Wonderland!
Wonderland! What is the picture that comes to your mind when I say wonderland? The word wonderland holds a different meaning for each one of us. A bibliophile like me would define wonderland as any place with books, books and more books. Yes, please, more books any day anytime!
Reading is one of my most favorite activities. I remember telling a friend, who found me reading while I was walking/jogging in the park, that if I could, I would read even in my sleep. Now, that may sound a little extreme to some but give a good book to a voracious reader and you will know what I mean.
Of course, I have no dearth for books to read. Nonetheless, the idea of waiting for a new book to release still seems exhilarating. I get goosebumps as the day of the release dawns as I am aware of the opportunity it presents for me to jump into a sea of words and swim with the protagonists through every twist and turn of the plot. The excitement of the release is especially true for books with a captivating blurb. Experts say that a book’s blurb is the second thing every potential reader notices after the cover. I believe that is true, I try my best not to judge a book by its cover, which is why I make a choice of whether or not to invest in a particular book by reading its blurb.
This year I made a conscious decision to read books from various genres rather than staying put in my comfort zone as always. With that in mind, I signed up for a Reading Challenge, which I must say, was a good decision! Signing up to the challenge meant I had to search for some good books to read in places that I normally do not, it was also the need to find books from other genres and fields that had me sign up to websites like Netgalley and Goodreads. I also started following some online sites that promotes indie authors. It is from one such site, Readomania, that I came across a book with an intriguing title. Upon further inquiry, I figured that it is a new book awaiting release in early June 2016. In case you are wondering what it was about the book that I found interesting, here are some details that you might enjoy too:
Title: That’s News To Me!
A Presswallah’s Journey
If the title in itself did not hold your attention, then read the blurb:
“Dogs can be trained to fetch newspapers for their masters. Should a journalist be treated as a retriever of news by his masters? Told with verve and wit, this is the story of Manush, a talented, independent-minded journalist who tries to stick to the core values of his profession while keeping body and soul together. Out in the field, he enjoys the adrenaline rush of getting scoops and the challenge of solving real-life mysteries. Back in the office, he has to tackle toxic bosses who don’t give a toss about talent and are insecure about their own jobs. And at home, there is emotional distress from a marriage only in name. As the action shifts from a magazine in Noida to a newspaper in Delhi to a website in Gurgaon, the world around Manush changes while he continues his dogged pursuit of career goals and fascinating women. Will forces out of his control make him go into a free fall? Will friends and family give him the respect he deserves? Or will he realize redemption lies elsewhere?”
After reading this blurb, I knew this was a book I did certainly pick up the moment it released. I also thought that I must share it here on my blog for the benefit of all the reading enthusiasts I know! 🙂
In case you were wondering about the author of this book, here is a little something I know About the Author:
The author, Manjula Lal currently works as Dy Editor with Tehelka. In a career spanning 30 years, she has worked for Economic Times, Pioneer, The Times of India, Indian Express and a host of smaller banners.
Born in a remote village in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India where her father was a district magistrate, the author spent 11 years in a convent boarding school in the hill station of Nainital. After attending college in Lucknow and getting her master’s in political science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, she went to Pennsylvania State University as a teaching assistant. Her stint as the first columnist of foreign origin for the local newspaper gave her a taste of celebrity that made her impatient to return to New Delhi and plunge into journalism.
It must be the experience she garnered in the 30 years of her career that prompted her to write a book based on journalism. This is the first book authored by her and I hope she goes on to author many many more.
I am now looking forward to the release of “That’s News To Me!” and am really excited about it.
What about you? Have you ever found yourself excitedly awaiting the release of a book? Maybe your own book? Let me know in the comments.
Oh yes, the idea of a book release from a fav author is very much enticing. I still remember waiting eagerly the day Lahiri’s Lowland was to be released.
Good to know someone is at par with you when it’s about book love and word crave. 😉
Oh, It feels great to meet a like minded bibliophile 🙂
Sure, Rashmi. And the endless bookish gossips we can have. 🙂
Of course! 😆
Thank you ☺
On second thoughts, for me, wonderland is this space. Checkout if you please.
Thank you, Asha! It does seem like a book wonderland 🙂
Thank you, Rashmi. Do stop by whenever you feel like it.
I sure will 🙂
Sorry my thoughts not good at all.
Ok that’s definitely not the wonderland I had in mind 😀
Feelings and Freedom
The blurb really sounds interesting Rashmi. I am going to buy my copy soon!
Thank you, Vandana 🙂 I hope you enjoy it too.
Rashmi, this is a fascinating story, I’m interested to read her book. Thank you for introducing her. 🙂
You are most welcome, Ranu! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
There are times I have followed few authors reading most of their work 🙂 But only once did I booked a book before its launch and that was … The Oath of Vayuputras 🙂 third in series of Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi 🙂
I have the Shiva Trilogy in my reading list this year. I have heard good reviews for them.
I preorder books when I know it’s something I want to read, most of the times, I am drawn in by the blurb. The only time I regretted falling for the blurb was for Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend. That was a huge mistake!
Most definitely. I’ve read a tonne of trilogies and even just stand alone books by favorite authors always make me itch for the next new release. I’ve always loved reading 🙂
I can so relate to that feeling! The most difficult aspect of waiting for a trilogy is when they announce the final book release of the trilogy a couple of years after the second book! That’s just brutal.
Oh yeah, that is brutal, I agree.
Dr Meg Sorick
That is the second time, that book has been reccommended to me. I will definitely have to check it out! I’m way behind on my reading challenge… I have too many books started and not enough finished!
In between your daily job, managing the blog and working on a book, it must be so difficult to find time enough to read!
I have too many books on my list too, I’m just trying to complete whatever I can. This one seemed too good to miss, though. 🙂
It’s nice to have a book you’re excitedly waiting for. Since I buy a lot of my books online, I often have the experience of short exciting wait until it arrives. I can’t really call that waiting for the release of the book, though, unless I mean the release of the book from the Amazon dungeon. 🙂
Ordering e-books are the best coz you get it in your kindle/e-reader within minutes! That’s just brilliant. The pain is when you have to wait for the book to release especially when it is a part of trilogy and the author has you hooked!
Yep, even Kindles can’t do anything about that, I guess. 🙂
Nope! I blame the authors. ..brutal, they are!
Sounds good. In fact any job that doesn’t require me to stay in my chair sounds good right now. I’d even be this particular journalist in this book. Great Review. If I can find the time to read anything at all, I’ll pick it up on my next trip to Om Books.
Anandhotep really tied you down to your chair, huh? But it was worth it, QSM came out awesome!
Yep, would be a good idea to pick this book if you do have the time to read. What’s Om Books, is that like your go-to place for books?
It’s one of the few places in Noida where you can still stand and browse books to your heart’s content. Delhi isn’t a city of readers, so almost all good bookshops have shut down…only a few remain – but for how long, that’s to be seen.
That’s too bad! Why are they shutting down? People are not reading enough or because of the kindle revolution?
Because Delhi’s culture is focused on food and clothes. Most Delhiites don’t like to read. Kolkata and Chennai are just the opposite of Delhi…people there love to read 😀 It’s a cultural thing. Punjabis generally are averse to cerebral activities.
Yea, I agree that Delhi is more popular for its food and shopping, but aren’t you being a little too hard on the punjabis? 😀
Am I? Being a Punjabi, I know our kind quite well, you see. You’d never find me reading (unless it’s the Help of a software I am working on) but I’d never say no to food, nor to clothes. We like to show off.
I’m sure you know more about the culture and I have very few punjabi friends to compare 🙂
You lucked out 😀
😀 😀 I am not sure if I agree! 😛
Some day you will 😀
Yep, would be a good idea to pick this book if you do have the time to read.
That’s true! Time to read is hard to find these days with the kind of schedule people have!