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From The Rose Gardens Of Shiraz To The Snowpowdered Hillside Above Kabul From The Water And Stone Mirages Of St Petersburg To Gritty Mumbai, The Essays In The Collections Combine Travel And Literature Using A Charming Mix Of The Personal Impression And Incisive Literary CriticismWhether Writing From The Cocoon Of A Booklined Study, Digging Into Forgotten Secondhand Bookshops, Trekking The Himalayan Hills Or Searching Out Farflung Literary Sites Around The Globe,Sarna Never Veers Far From The Essential Focus Of These Columns, Written Over Seven Years For The Literary Review Of The Hindu, They Combine The Love Of Books And The Men Who Write Them

10 thoughts on “Second Thoughts

  1. says:

    Navtej Sarna uses his vast experiences with travel and builds a delectable cocktail of authors and his personal experiences of the pilgrimages undertaken to the sites considered sacred by all book lovers Based on his columns in Hindu, the book is pretty together with stories that are born of nostalgia and the author s prolific writing From Hemingway to Rumi, he recounts the tales of his visit to the places frequented by the much admired authors and peeks into their lives Throughout the book, Sarna chases that elusive question, that all of us ask ourselves every time we read a fabulous book, What would have inspired the authors Well at least after reading this book it gave me a fair idea of the inspiration behind Sarna s columns that many of us have religiously followed in The Hindu.

  2. says:

    Every page in this book save for the piece about Bhagat Singh in the end reek of a romaticism around literature and writers As someone who was once an emotionally charged bookworm who sniffed pages, clung on to hardcopies, berated e book readers, and swore by every cliched crazy bookworm ritual, I can relate to the underlying sentiment of Sarna s travels and writings But I ve since, much like Bhagat Singh, undergone an overhaul in terms of sentiments, and how emotion tends to color human life in ways it does not necessarily have to, so, I find most of literature hyperbolic and deliberately extensive of the so called human condition I realize that one can write to clarify and one can write to express, and most of fiction intends for public catharsis but keeps acceptance at bay I continue to be a reader but I don t feign heart attacks at delayed book deliveries, and dog eared books any I don t bully e book readers or cling on to my hardcopies any Life is flux What is a mere book in the middle of it

  3. says:

    This books exposes the reader to so many authors and stories Navtej Sarna s love for the written word comes out very clear Each story is short, yet evocative He has had the opportunity to collect so many perspectives in this short book The book has its share of humour, drama and adventure I found it to be a perfect companion on a cold winter evening.

  4. says:

    We have a tendency nowadays to go after current bestsellers Most of our reading stops there That s why a book like this is so valuable It reintroduces us to the literary heavyweights, lest we forget the real masters of the craft of writing Through Sarna, I came to know about Theroux, Capote, Faiz, Akhmatova, Kerouac, Khayyam and a dozen other stalwarts in the literary field Sarna introduces their best known works while recounting the life and times they lived in all the insights he received during his literary pilgrimages We know movie stars have fans, but if writers have fans, Sarna is one of most articulate and dedicated ones I shall be returning to this book several times in the future to update my to read list Thank you, Navtej Sarna