Unadulterated Joy!

The new year has been very kind to me so far and it is just eight days old. I hope that it continues to be so for the rest of the year too.

The first instance was when I wrote about Ranjan getting me a new year gift of a book in my post Short Cuts. What I did not know at that time was that he had another surprise in store for me which he produced yesterday.

Perhaps I am not being my age!

It should easily be over a couple of decades since I read a comic book and particularly Asterix. This collection with three new stories that I had not read before were simply too good for words. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and have decided to keep getting them whenever I go anywhere near a book shop or get Ranjan to get them whenever he does.

Shall we just say that I have re-discovered a childhood passion for comic books?

I had hardly finished reading Asterix when the door bell rang and Amazon delivered another surprise. This surprise was all the more delightful for its unlikely sender.  My friend Kaustubh without having warned me, simply arranged for this book to be delivered to me. Quite why he did that is something that will bug me for some time but in the attached note he added that he looked forward to my review of the book. I had to tell him that the review will have to wait as this book will have to await its turn till all the others in the queue are dealt with. He cheerfully agreed to.

My life is getting to be quite a tsundoku! There are eight books in the queue to be read. How about you dear reader?

10 thoughts on “Unadulterated Joy!”

  1. I like Edward Newton’s quote about books. I also have a ‘pile up’ on my Kindle!
    ” Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity … we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance. ”
    it almost as if the insights and wisdom or experiences will be like osmosis! and we will acquire it all that way. LOL.
    I love certain comics too. I used to have every Little Lulu they made. very boring by today’s standards!

    1. It is a disease Tammy. Apart from the gifts that I have received this year, I ordered for two other hard cover books based on ads on facebook and also downloaded two to my kindle based on recommendations of friends!

  2. I read about this book “Early Indians: The story of our ancestors and where they we came from” on Twitter and found the core theme/discussion interesting and suitable for your interest/taste!

    Hence I took a pertinent decision of sending a copy to you, as you said, “without warning you”. Hope I didn’t overstep/abuse that liberty 🙁

    I haven’t read the book but read few reviews and listened to this interview of the author:

    Another book on this theme, which I have bought but haven’t read yet is “India in Greece or, Truth in Mythology”


    This book is freely available on archive.org. Didn’t realize it while buying.
    Here is a short note on this book which could be of your interest:

    “Where did the Aryans come from originally? Did they invade India? Or were they actually Indian invaders who colonized Greece?

    In India in Greece, E. Pococke explores the theory that the Aryans may have originally travelled from India to Greece, colonized the latter and influenced the culture there. Centuries later, they came back to India. Covering topics as diverse as the sources of the Hellenic Race, the colonization of Egypt and Palestine, the wars of the Grand Lama and the Bud’hist propaganda in Greece, the author tries to show that at some point in history, India and Greece were closely associated.”
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    1. No, you did not overstep! The only problem would have been had I not been at home and I had not left instructions with the watch and ward to take delivery of any parcel from Amazon. Thank you for the lead on the other book. Will certainly investigate.

      Incidentally, Aryan in Sanskrit denotes a noble person not a race. Bringing race into it is what has caused all the confusion. Let us talk more in detail in person when we next meet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan

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