Top Reads for 2017

I have given up trying to read 51 books a year because firstly it is 2017,
I probably spend more time on my phone than with books (lame excuse I know)
but I still try to read and I do want to read more.

As for 2017, I could only read 16 books.
but I think there were some real good books this year.

My top three reads for 2017 were


The Great Derangement/ The Ministry of Utmost Happiness/ No Path in Darjeeling is Straight

The other books included:

  1. Son of the Thundercloud by Eastern Kire
  2. The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
  3. The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
  4. Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu by Rabi Thapa
  5. Bicycle Dreaming by Mridula Koshy
  6. Into the Hidden Valley by Stuart Blackburn
  7. The Thing around your Neck by Chimammanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  10. Landour Days -a writer’s journal by Ruskin Bond
  11. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  12. The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat
  13. The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
  14. There’s a Carnival Today by I.B. Rai (Manjushree Thapa)
  15. No Path in Darjeeling is Straight by Parimal Bhattacharya
  16. Mad Country by Samrat Upadhyaya

Regardless of how many books we read,
the point is to keep reading…


Anil’s Cafe, Chaar Dukan

I was not a regular at Anil’s Cafe
when I was in school.
but I had to visit
when I was there last month.
So, I walked up towards chaar dukan
and only realised this time around
that the reason this place
is called chaar dukan
is because there are only four dukans
and anil’s is the last one there 🙂

welcome to yak country

saw so many yaks
for the first time
in my life.

also met
the pastoral nomads
who look after these yaks
inside their temporary settlement
we met Dolma who offered tea
and snacks as we opted
for just some warm water.
she said they had been there
for about two months now
and looked after 150 yaks

she also gave yak churpees
and asked us to visit again.

a little further from their place
we saw another yak herder
with his herd and
watched the yaks
cross the road.

cambridge book depot

all those weekend outings
during boarding school life
never brought me here.
because it was off bounds
(though only 100 yards further)
and i was that goody two shoes
who broke no rules 😉

but i finally made it.cbdepot5cbdepot2
this is the famed ruskin bond hangout.
on certain saturdays when he is in mussoorie
he actually comes here and chills with his fans
he came to our school once
I vaguely remember
but i realised I would not read his books twice
once is good enough…
cbdepot6cbdepotcbdepot3but this place is a must visit
if you want ruskin bond collection
all his books are housed neatly
i however collected
a ruskin bond selection instead.cbdepot7