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If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that I am a fan of Bill Bryson’s books. I feel none other than Bryson can take a boring Travelogue and make its humour. In this book “The Lost Continent”  (which I believe is his second book and the one which brought him recognition) released in 1989, Bryson returns to his home country (USA) after living for a decade in Britain. He retraces the route his father used to take the family during vacations. He recollects how his father usually skips all the interesting spots and opts for…

I have never been into reading poetry, poems or other forms of heavy literature. I have only read Shakespeare’s works in few chapters in English textbooks and seeing the plays in few movies. So why did I pick this book, which is a biography of Shakespeare – it was simply because of “Bill Bryson” name in the title. I have enjoyed so much his previous books “The Thunderbolt Kid” and  “Neither here Nor there”, that the minute I saw his name I bought the book. Anyways after buying it, I decided to read it. And in the course of reading,…

My son came today and asked me: Son: Appa (Dad), can you prepare a slide deck of William Shakespeare, the great English playwright for my school presentation tomorrow.  Me: No way, I am busy. Son: I have lot of homework to do, I have no time to do this one. Me: That’s not my problem. I have a client meeting tomorrow and I need to prepare for it.  Son: Pleaseeeee appa.  Me: OK, I will get it done but only few slides. Son: Thanks Dad, put lot of pictures and have fun facts, no boring stuff; I will come and check…

This year (2016) due to Chennai floods in December, the annual book fair got postponed. It’s happening this week – June 1st to 13th 2016. I made my customary visit to the book fair today with my son. This year the book fair is happening in the spacious Island Grounds near Victory War Memorial where the annual trade fair happens in January & February of every year. The organizers have done a good job in terms of parking and stall arrangement this year, kudos to them. My deal to my 12 year old was I will gave him Rs.500 at once, he will buy books…

Few months back I read a review of this book “If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai” by Srinath Perur. Being a travel buff, someone who enjoys travelogues with humour I immediately ordered for it. I got around to reading it this weekend and the experience was a mixed bag. The book starts off by a question the author gets from Indian Immigration Officer Mr.Pandey at an Airport, “If You’re a writer, then why are you travelling with a group?”, Serious travellers, and certainly travel writers, look upon the conducted tour as the lowliest form of travel. The book is…