Book Bloggers Abroad (16) – India

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

India

Our guest blogger for today is Misha from India. Her book blog is called My Love Affair With Books. She reads and reviews mostly literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, and gothic romance but she likes a range of different genres. Go and have a look at her blog!

I am Misha, 20 years old, from New Delhi, India. I am currently pursuing an MA (Psychology) from Delhi University. I want to specialize in Organizational Behavior, which is a branch of Psychology. My career interest is in HRM (Human Resource Management).

Delhi University

I live with my parents and a younger sister who is 16. In fact my interest in HRM is because both my parents are doing that.

I started blogging in July. At first I was very nervous and too intimidated to start my own but I just couldn’t resist. I love talking about books. Normally I can be silent for hours, but when it comes to books…well, I can ramble on for a long time!

Right from the time when I was 6 yrs old, I have loved stories. Books have been my constant companions. Being an introvert (and also social phobic), I have always preferred the company of books. I guess that’s why I named my blog “My Love Affair With Books.” Both my parents are book lovers and thanks to them, I am a voracious reader.

I love looking at my book almirahs first thing in the morning and I love the smell of books. I keep my books in almirahs rather than shelves because there are too many books.

My book shelves

Apart from books, my interests are  music, dancing, movies, web designing, feminism, pencil shading, randomly talking about nothing in particular, laughing at my own jokes and daydreaming 24/7. I blog from my own home, where I do have 24/7 internet connection. Honestly, I couldn’t have survived without one.

If I start to describe my country, it will be endless. India is not only vast and but has an incredible amount of cultures, languages and religions. It has such a long history. From south to north, east to west, you can find a myriad of different cultures. Each culture has its own traditions, festivals, beliefs and even dances. There are beaches and there are mountains….there’s the Indian Ocean and there are the Himalayas. Sometimes the vastness of it can be overwhelming.

In fact I am a mixture of two Indian cultures and hence 2 religions. I speak 3 languages, 2 of which are Indian – English, Bengali and Hindi. I read and blog in English because that’s the language I have been schooled and brought up in. I am most comfortable in English and my daily interactions with friends/family are in English.

Monuments in DelhiMonuments in Delhi (2)

New Delhi itself has a long history. Everywhere you go, you can find traces of different points in history. There are some really beautiful monuments in Delhi. Delhi is a mixture of modern high-rise buildings and offices and old monuments. Being the capital of India, you will find people from different cultures here. Delhi is an amalgam of old traditions and western influences..old world and the new world. Delhi University (where I study) too has a history behind it. Most of it was built before 1947, which is when India got freedom and many students were part of the freedom struggle.

What I love most about Delhi is that it has many many bookstores spread across the huge city… it is almost impossible for one person to visit all of them! There are 3 just 10 minutes from my house.

Book store

Though I mostly shop online from a great site called “Flipkart.com”, my favorite bookstores are the Landmark, Crossword and Oxford bookstores. Though there are many libraries, my favorite is just one which is 1 hour from my house. I think the one major drawback is that YA books take many months to release in India (however literary fiction and historical fiction mostly released on time).

Sometimes, it gets really disheartening for me when I see bloggers getting excited about new books, knowing that I won’t get the book for months afterwards. Publishers also don’t want to ship books all the way to India. Though I can still get the newly released books on the site I mentioned above, they can be very very expensive since they are imported.

Some Indian Authors I would suggest are Jhumpa Lahiri, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Rohinton Mistry, Anita Desai and Kiran Desai.

I live and breathe books and I am here to share my love for books with all you book addicts out there!

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Misha, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I wonder how many books you have!

Don’t forget to take a look at Misha’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Misha, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Esme from the USA will be visiting us for the seventeenth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

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About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

37 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (16) – India

  1. Rikki says:

    Great post, Misha. And very interesting. What exactly is an almirah? I have never heard that word before. Can you explain.
    I absolutely love A suitable boy by Vikram Seth, a wonderful book. He is a great story teller.
    3 bookstores within 10 minutes from your house, wow! It must be a book lover’s dream to live in Delhi.

  2. Misha Mathew says:

    Thank you so much for featuring me!
    @Rikki Sorry! I should have explained that. Its a big cabinet.I am so used to calling it an almirah that I jut forgot that not everyone might know what it means.

  3. Dee says:

    Hi , I’m a follower of both you and Misha, so it was great to find this post.

    I’m from India too, but from a very very different city 🙂

    -Dee from E-volving books (http://readseverything.blogspot.com/)

  4. Misha Mathew says:

    Hey Dee!
    I would love to read more about you !

  5. Lovely to meet you Misha — particularly since right now we are seeing a lot of Delhi on our TV with the Commonwealth Games being on. I’ve read 5 of your 7 recommendations – so must read the other two (Vikram Seth and Anita Desai). Mistry’s A fine balance is one of my favourite books.

    • Misha says:

      Oh ya! There’s all the excitement of the Commonwealth going on in the city but I am not much of a sports lover. I hope you enjoy the other 2 authors too.

  6. Mystica says:

    Thank you for the post and the link. I am definitely visiting.We are almost neighbours!

  7. Suzanne says:

    I hope to visit India one day — I love wandering through bookstores in different cities.

  8. chasing bawa says:

    Lovely post! And I love that you put your books in the almirah – so much more room! My dad has one at home and I must pursuade him that it will look much nicer filled with books than bed linen! It’s wonderful that you have so many bookshops around you.

  9. Novroz says:

    Nice post Misha 🙂
    I love the picture of that modern building, what building is that?

    Your bookshelf if very tidy compare to mine.

    Have read Deep River by Shusaku Endo? I was wondering was it true everything he said about India.

    • Misha Mathew says:

      Hi Novroz!
      Are you talking about the white building?
      My bookshelf is definitely not tidy lol I am a very disorganized person.
      Sorry! I don’t know about the book you mentioned. What does he say? Its the lotus temple (also called Bahai Temple). Its a temple for a religious sect called the “Bahais”. Here’s some interesting info I found online (some of it even I didn’t know)-
      “Built of marble blocks, the Lotus temple is an architectural marvel built in the shape of a white lotus in half bloom. Set in the midst of acres of lush lawns, the Lotus Temple mirrors the concept of peace and all the values that are so integral to the Bahai sect.

      The 27 massive lotus petals lie at the confluence of nine pathways and pools reflecting the Bahai tradition that there are but nine ways to reach God.

      The doors of the Lotus Temple welcome people from all faiths, creeds, religions and faiths in keeping with the tradition of secularism. There are several buildings located close to the Lotus Temple that engage members of the Bahai sect who serve the poor and the infirm.

      The massive hall located inside the Lotus Temple in Delhi offers a peaceful prayer sanctuary where you can sit and meditate in pin drop silence. Bahaism believes in the ‘equality and universality’ of all faiths and religions.”

      • Novroz says:

        Thx for the explanation Misha 🙂

        Deep River’s bacground is people around Gangga River, how they scatter human asses and wash their mouth in the river at the same time. And other things related to Gangga River.

  10. Julie says:

    So now to learn a little more about you, Misha! Hope you have a wonderful day….

  11. BookQuoter says:

    Someday, (13 months and counting) I will visit your home, Misha. It is on my list.
    Great post about you, your books and your country. I love reading about it.

    Thanks, Leeswammess

  12. amymckie says:

    Wow, how very cool that there are so many bookstores!! I am a little bit jealous 🙂 Great to find out more about Misha, and New Delhi.

  13. This is a great cultural post. India is a place I would really enjoy visiting. It is so encouraging to hear that so many book stores thrive down the road from you.

    Happy Reading,

    Mad Scientist
    madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

  14. Dorte H says:

    A fine post about life in India and love of books.

    I read Arundhati Roy´s The God of Small Things a couple of years ago, and after a slow start, I thought it was a wonderful book.

  15. Kris says:

    New Dehli sounds like a truly interesting city. I’m amazed that you can speak 3 languages and surprised that English seems to be your primary one.

    • Misha Mathew says:

      For most of the educated people in Delhi, English is the primary language. Its mainly because schools use English as the main language for teaching. So people, from the childhood itself learn to speak English. The only downside of it is that we either forget our actual languages or completely mess it up(which I do) .

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  17. Carin B. says:

    What a nice post! I was also wondering what an almirah was, but I saw that you answered it above.

    Do they have used bookstores in Delhi or are they mostly new books?

    I love the pictures you posted. They are so pretty! The bookstore looks fantastic too!

  18. gnoegnoe says:

    Hi Misha, wonderful to read about your (reading) life! And thanks for explaining on the cupboard. 😉

    BTW have you read the 2006 Booker Prize winner: The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai? I remember I found it a little dull and wonder what an ‘insider’ would think 🙂

  19. lindyloumacinitaly says:

    I already follow Misha’s blog so it was great to see her featured here today and learn a little more about her.

  20. What a wonderful interview! I’m hoping to get to India in the next few years. I seem to have a love affair with Africa and India and I need to get there.

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