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Bookless In Baghdad – Kindle edition by Shashi Tharoor. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. 6 Dec However, what emerges clearly from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. One is aware that he has constantly. – Buy Bookless in Baghdad book online at best prices in India on Read Bookless in Baghdad book reviews & author details and more at.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 14, Muthu Raj rated it really liked it.

Let me go to the background of how I picked up this book. Also, for those who have read his earlier books like Riot, Show Business and The Booklfss Indian Novel, there’s a great deal about them here, where Tharoor explains the themes he tried to tackle and even puts up a spirited defense for one of his books that was not well-reviewed in India. The rest can be read here: I assume he was invited to these things more on the strength that he was senior member of India’s diplomatic corps rather than a highly successful author.

Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers

Oh yes, I learnt about diplomat writers not only Neruda or Octavian Paz, but others such as illustrious French foreign minister as Dominique de Villepin.

The final portion of the book Interrogations is my favourite part of the book. When he recently put himself up at a five star suite for months on end, because the government bungalow was not ready, many thought it was unbecoming of a public representative.

Unfortunately Shashi Tharoor cones across as woefully booklesss in many of the pieces, especially the ones where he defends his own books.

Bookless in Baghdad

He couldn’t possibly give up or live without either. This book doesn’t contain any deep or critical thoughts on writers and books as Tharoor himself repeatedly points out, he’s never studied literature or writing in his life.

The arabs were trading with Kerala as early as the 9th century and Islam arrived peacefully to these shores. Essays range from Baghdae diversity, Tharoor’s views on Mahabharata, his love for Wodehouse, and his literary tastes and his interactions with various literary giants in the course of his life in the UN and as an author. Writing, Reading, criticism, book-reviews, musings – this book is a joyride if baghdwd like Tharoor’s elegance, wit and irreverence. Oct 20, Raghu rated it it was amazing.

Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.

NC sucked upto his English masters and by that virtue, he sold books and won booklesz bread and butter.

baghhdad Feb 22, Pawanraj rated it it was ok. Sep 03, Kieh rated it really liked it. These are essentially endorsements for his own books.

I cannot afford to provide the summary of all such essays in this book. Here the reader feels the thrall of seeing the writers he adores taking a human form from the hands of Tharoor. And even if the book focusses on writing and books, it is underlined baggdad Tharoor’s serious concerns about society, culture and politics.

Well, was I glad I picked this up! Reconsiderations, his writings on various baghdar like Wodehouse, Pushkin, Narayana and even Rushdie and Naipaul.

BOOKLESS IN BAGHDAD by Shashi Tharoor | Kirkus Reviews

This article about a non-fiction book is a stub. I was sure Tharoor was a great writer but had absolutely no idea that he was an Booklesa retort to British hot-shots like Dickens, Austen and for that matter, even Rowling! Last two essays in the book ‘Globalization and the Human Imagination’ which was a speech Tharoor delivered in Berlin in had lot of repetition from his essay ‘Mining the Mahabharatha’.

He also manages to write about India and Globalization, all in relation to writing.

I recently, on impulse picked up a copy of ‘Bookless in Baghdad’ from the library. Thanks for telling inn about the problem. Jun 15, Ram rated it really liked it. To live is more than just to sustain life – it is to enrich, and be enriched by, life. It gives an impression of being a book on the middle east Published July 11th by Arcade Publishing first published January 1st