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Silver Reflects

My reflections on various topics under the sun

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Monday, January 23, 2006

A Landmark Evening

Yesterday evening I went along with my brother to Landmark at The Forum Mall, to utilize a gift voucher won by him for being part of the 2nd Best School Team in last year's Landmark Quiz held in Bangalore on November 1.

Forum was crowded as usual. In Landmark, the hordes seemed all eager to grab their copy of the 'contemporary classic' ON@TCC by Chetan Bhagat (the website claims that he is the author of two contemporary classics; needless to say, a barrel of salt would be handy here. Aadisht has written a nice review of the book). I happened to eavesdrop upon (unintentionally, of course) an exchange between two 'software types' :-

A : (lifting up a copy of Malgudi Days) "Hey, I have heard about this book somewhere before."
B : "That's by R K Narayan. Brother of cartoonist R K Laxman ...".
I didn't catch the rest of the conversation as I hurried away in the opposite direction. However, A's words left me awash with a feeling of incredulity which soon gave way to pity for the poor soul - after all, he didn't know what he was missing. The Chetan Bhagats of the world seem to have driven out the Narayans from the minds of the masses. A lamentable reflection of our commercialized times.

Before I sign off, here's what we bought :-


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, this sucks. But why am I not surprised? I'm in a book-store right now, and it's very different in the US. People are a lot more cultured and very, very well read.

It's great to be with interesting people.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the books. And that, Chetan Bhagat......, well, we'll talk about him some other time.

January 29, 2006 1:58 AM  

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