Book Bloggers Abroad (24) – India

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


Our guest blogger for today is Tes from India. Her blog is called Tes at Home. Hers is the first (only) non-book blog that is featured on Book Bloggers Abroad. The reason? I love, love, love Tes’ blog! She writes about food (Thai and Indian recipes) and about her life in India and the country is comes from, Thailand. Go have a look and hopefully you’ll also fall in love with her blog.

I started blogging just May last year. I am a food blogger and I accidentally found Judith’s blog when I was browsing the recipes to find her Spicy Oven Potatoes. I was surprised to find that it was a blog about books which provided a lot of interesting reading lists. I soon took the suggestions and read “The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq” which I found very brilliant. I became a fan and follow her book choices.



I am Tes or Tesney. I live in the heart of the busy IT industrial city, Pune with my husband and my 2 year old son. I was born and raised in Thailand between the sunny sky and the green rice fields. I moved to India 8 years ago and gradually fell in love with this colorful country. Living in India is quite a challenge, I learned to adapt and changed a lot. I love blending with the locals and living simple and grounded.


Our Rice Fields in Thailand

Our Rice Fields in Thailand

Indian cities are very crowded and congested, but also very interesting and exiting. It is a beautiful country with vibrant cultures and traditions which I love and respect. India is very spiritual and with touches of secrets. Just few minutes outside every busy city you will always find beautiful villages along the country side tucked in between mountains, lakes and beautiful skies. I love exploring these isolated and peaceful places. Every weekend we pack up and go on the road and I always make sure I carry books with me.

Pawna Lake, the most beautiful lake near Pune

Pawna Lake, the most beautiful lake near Pune

I have a fascination with old books and secondhand books. Believe it or not, I even collect foreign language books which I would never learn. They attract me with the beautiful covers, layouts and designs that make me want to know about them. They are charming and I believe that they have histories behind them.


Laxmi road, Pune: The busiest shopping street in the city

Laxmi road, Pune: The busiest shopping street in the city

I love wandering on the street market looking for old books with unusual illustrations and titles, some of which I haven’t even started to read yet. The ways the stories make me feel adventurous and allow me to imagine more about the world are my favourite things about reading.

I get most of my books from the secondhand bookshops on streets or a store like Crossword, the Indian franchised bookstore.

My favourite kinds of books are exciting science fictions and investigation novels. I also enjoyed reading traveling books, books about food and recipes and people biography. I love the books that take me on a journey while I comfortably lay down in my bedroom or in the corner of the room near the windows. I love a good fantasy romantic story with a cup of tea in the afternoon on my cool balcony.


My favourite places to blog and read, my bedroom balcony.

My favourite place to blog and read, my bedroom balcony.

When I visit my hometown in Thailand I definitely read under the big mango tree in our rice field where the smell of rice really clears out your brain. I don’t usually get around more than 2 books a week because of my tight schedule, but I do love to read more and more.

I read in Thai and English. I barely read Thai anymore since we don’t get Thai books here in India, which is also why I blog in English. I am more comfortable with English materials since it’s my 80% use of communication nowaday.

India might not be the most comfortable place in the world. There are a lot of unexpected and scheduled power cuts during the summer and rainy season. It is quite an interruption in my blogging and many other activities in life. I am a full time mom and I actually do everything myself. It’s a challenge to keep up the works, the household, blogging and find a bit of time to enjoy my new favourite books.


Mushi Lake, the beautiful lake near Pune

Mushi Lake, the beautiful lake near Pune

I’d like to suggest books that are very dear to me by authors from Thailand. One is Look Isan or The Child of the Northeast by Kaboon Boonthavee. It’s the heartfelt story of the people living in Northeast Thailand, where I come from. It’s so close to heart and it actually a S.E.A. Write Award-winning book.

The second book is the book from the reading lists in my high school which I never forgot to love, The happiness of Krati by Ngarmpun Vejjajiva, the stories of a little girl who lived with her grandparents and the sorrow and happiness viewpoint of this small girl. This book is also a S.E.A Write Award-winning book. Both books are written in Thai but you will find the both in English versions on Amazon.

I haven’t got around the books of Indian authors much which I planned to do soon. If I find something interesting, I will pass it on to Judith for sure.

Now have a nice day and happy reading! 🙂


Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Tes, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. You have such a way with words! I hope we will soon be able to list you as a “writer from India/Thailand”!

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

Next week Colleen from USA will be visiting us for the twenty-fifth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
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8 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (24) – India

  1. gnoegnoe says:

    It was fun reading about you, Tes! And such a great favourite blogging space you have… on the balcony! That would not be possible here in Holland. But I would love some of that gorgeous fabric on my floor anyway! 🙂

  2. Tes says:

    I’m glad I join this Book bloggers abroad, so I can read about other bloggers and share about myself 🙂 Thanks for your kind words about my blog, Judith! Your blog is always my favourite, too 🙂

  3. amymckie says:

    Great to find out some Thai authors to try out, both Thailand and India sound and look like beautiful places.

  4. I love this feature and so appreciated reading about such a fascinating blogger! I’m off to check out Tes’ blog — thanks to you and her!

  5. Chef Dennis says:

    what a great job Tes! Thanks for a look into your life!

  6. Tammy McLeod says:

    Nice work Tes! You did a great job.

  7. Rohan says:

    Superbly written, even though from thailand, you have described parts of India in a beautiful way

  8. SD says:

    Hey Tes, the books that you mentioned, the ones in Thai, they really sound interesting! I don’t think Amazon delivers in India. Do you know about any Indian book store which stocks them ?

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