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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Everyone's A Critic

"It's so big. It's so big!"

That's a comment one overheard last evening at Crossword, Kemp's Corner, by a dismayed teenager examining the new Harry Potter.

No, one did not buy the book, though one visited the bookstore with that express purpose. The reason? They were asking for the full price. One will go to Strand instead. Or even Danai. (It's not the money, it's the principle. But of course.)

Instead, one took home the new Penguin India version of proto-feminist Rokeya Hossain's provocative, satirical Sultana's Dream and Padmarag. And no, Crossword still thinks it isn't worth their while to stock Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian.

Bookshops in Mumbai. Sigh.

2 Comments:

  • yes!! we went to strand. got it at 25% off, and bought more books so that, with the special offer on my credit card (this is not a plug, so i won't say which one) i got another 5% off. also got an ismail kadare novel, roth's human stain, and some other fun stuff.

    dropped in at cw, though, to check out the scene. one mom was screaming at her reluctant kid to take a hp picture, wand and glasses and scar and all... that kid will grow up with a lot of other scars... how's the rokeya hossain? i looked for it at strand, they were out.

    By Blogger uma, at 9:43 AM  

  • 'Sultana's Dream' is a great satirical sketch: as audacious now as when first published. Have just started 'Padmarag', and I suspect the translation is going to let it down...

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 7:23 PM  

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