To honour the great reader of 2015 that is I, I will now list my favourites under the following heads. i found it in a blog called Calcutta Chromosome.
Ideal December read: One book I remember reading in December and enjoying was An Equal Music by the guileful master Vikram Seth.
Most beautiful cover: A cover that recently appealed was that of Wanderers, All by Janhavi Acharekar. I did not read the book, however.
A book you identify with: Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies.
A book character you’d like to meet: Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises, Nobeen from Shei shomoy and
Wisest book you’ve read this year: The Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
A book you keep going back to: The Harry Potter series by my good friend and counsellor, JK Rowling.
First book you remember reading: Tor ki shurjo achhe? (‘Do you have the sun?’) – a book on a puppy and its chick friend. Both are newborns and quite alone in this world, so they think that the sun belongs to them.
A book that gives you the chills: The Shining. Predictable answer, but I read it only seven months ago.
Favourite mythological tale: Dionysus’ birth tale.
A book that makes you want to write: Good question. One must begin at the beginning and say, Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk.
A book character that you want(ed) to marry: Harry Potter, Feluda and Rabbit (who is not an actual rabbit but the protagonist of John Updike’s Rabbit series).
A book that you have pretended to read: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
Your curl-up read: To have a particular book that needs to be read each time I curl up seems a waste of resource.
Your favourite book series: Harry Potter, Harry Potter, a billion times Harry Potter.
Your favourite Jane Austen character: Emma.
A book that makes you hungry: Good question. Almost all the recent books that I have read have had passages describing meals in great detail. Like what Kadambari Tagore was served the afternoon that she died in Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Prothom aalo, or what Kilgore Trout was eating when he ordered breakfast in Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions.
Favourite autobiography: I have, till date, not read a single autobiography. Because Pamuk puts himself as a cavalier champion of Istanbul’s soul in his books Istanbul and Other Colours – those would be the closest to autobiographies I have read and loved.
A book to read when homesick: Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines.
Favourite fairy tale character: Cinderella. Very boring.
A book to gift around Christmas: What. Give anything.
A book that makes you cry: A Moveable Feast by the god himself, Ernest Hemingway.
Best book you ever received as a gift: The Bafut Beagles by Gerald Durrell.
Favourite family read: I still read a lot with my mother. Recently we read a bit of Rilke’s Duino Elegies.
Favourite Christmas book: Little Women?
A book on your shelf you haven’t read yet: Far too many to count.
A book you couldn’t put down: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson.
An author you discovered this year: Junot Diaz.
Your best read of 2014: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
Your favourite Rudyard Kipling character: I have studied literature for five years but not read anything by Kipling other than the poem If.
Most awaited book of 2015: It was Ghosh’s Flood of Fire.