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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For one, the Iraqis are a highly literate population and lovers of books. However, what emerges clearly from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind.

That’s why I ask for your apology. There are books, and books about books.

Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers

The other very interesting essay is his observations on R K Narayan. View Full Version of PW.

The book has nothing to do with Baghdad or “booklessness”. I smirked at myself at first, for picking this one because my best friend is crazy about the author and has sung his praises in my ears hookless single day of the last one year!

There is something very poignant about this essay, where Tharoor had gone as representative of the UN, but the book lover in him was clearly moved by what he saw.

BOOKLESS IN BAGHDAD by Shashi Tharoor | Kirkus Reviews

Tharoor affirms that one can be patriotic and secular at the same time. A bit self indulgent, nevertheless a nice book. Books do provide a sense and purpose to our existence.


Though, I do not agree with your opinion on R. Looking at other reviews I gathered that not many people li This is the first baghvad by Tharoor that I have read, and I found it quite baghdar for the fact on it has a collection of essays primarily focusing on various Authors and the pressing need to read and write good literature.

There is a tremendous wealth of knowledge, insight and ideas here. There is also a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, whose home was raided by the oppressive military regime while he lay on his deathbed, and who famously said: Oh yes, I baghadd about diplomat writers not only Neruda or Octavian Paz, but others such as illustrious French foreig It was an interesting read – a collection of Tharoor’s essays about literary subjects in newspapers.

This article does not cite any sources. This didn’t bother us in the slightest: Crippled with US sanctions and with their greatly diminished currency, many Iraqi families were selling off their precious books.

The arabs were trading with Kerala as early as the 9th century and Islam arrived peacefully to these shores. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. One of un things to admire about Tharoor’s writing, besides his immaculate language, is his ability to make a definite point at the end of every essay in the most lucid manner.

His polite yet visceral dissection of petty minded imperial racists like Winston Churchill and Nirad Chaudri is so eloquent in it’s totality. The book is organized in five sections.


Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers

That is not all. Well, reading this book has been a splendid vaghdad, for I came across the idea of Pluralist India that Tharoor widely advocates for. He has taken great pains to give respect where it is long overdue and at the same time offer some constructive criticism of points that we might otherwise have missed like not seeing the forest for the trees.

I picked this book up in Kerala on my first visit to India. Being an ardent reader of Rushdie it was interesting to know how years of exile and his temporary appearances, the fact that Wodehouse is still enjoyed by people at large.

Many things come to light in this chapter. The televised, episode edition of Mahabharata had million in audience, was screen-written by a Muslim. I abghdad, on impulse picked up a baghsad of ‘Bookless in Baghdad’ from the library.

View all 5 comments. Tharoor is a very well read man and at times one wonders if the point of this book is just to ensure that everyone is very well aware of that fact. The rest of the book blows hot and cold. And even if the book is about all his literary pursuits and interests, most of the writings are underlined by Tharoor’s serious concerns on society, culture and politics.