Apologies again for the copious amounts of non-blogging I've been doing lately (ya, I know, who even notices or cares in this age of Twitter and Facebook). It'll probably continue like this for a while - as mentioned earlier there hasn't been much reading and movie-watching time recently, which in turn means that there isn't much to blog about (yes, my life is that interesting). Plus I took a minor break from writing and in the process discovered that non-blogging is nearly as addictive as blogging and requires less energy, so there.
The to-read list is being conscientiously dug into, or at least cautiously prodded. Two of my favourite bloggers, Amit and Falstaff, have books out: My Friend Sancho and études respectively. Amit and I became friends a few years ago, shortly after we both started blogging, but I had been a fan of his nuanced yet clear-sighted feature writing (as encountered mainly in Cricinfo and Gentleman magazine) long before that. And Falstaff's short prose - which you'll find scattered through his blog archives - is as delightful as his erudition is daunting. ("I can't help it, everything interests me" is one of the epigraphs on his book, and I can see why.)
To balance things out, one must occasionally read books by people whom one doesn't personally know. I discovered a lovely-looking Vintage Books edition of Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train at The Book Shop in Jorbagh. (Here's an old post on Hitchcock's superb film of the book, and another one on Highsmith's writing.) Also, Alan Moore/Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke, which I picked up from Landmark in Mumbai, and a couple of Henning Mankells. And I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, one of my favourite contemporary writers.
Most of these are slim books, which makes them good traveling companions, and they should come in handy next week. I'm going to Germany for a few days from May 17 - the trip is part of an initiative by the German Book Office to facilitate interactions and tie-ups between publishers of children's books in India and Germany, and I'm playing the role of the bastard hack in the group. Will be visiting a few publishing houses, meeting illustrators, going to a small book fair in Berlin. Should be interesting.
Anything I write about that trip will of course find its way onto this orphan site at some point. And other blogging will happen as it happens.