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‘In Other Words’, I’ll read everything she writes

So, here’s the book that I started reading today:

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If you’ve had a chance to read this post of mine, you already know that Ms. Lahiri is my favourite author. Not only do I like her brand of writing, but she has made me a better observer too.

For the past few weeks I had been searching for this book on Kwench, so when I saw it available yesterday, my heart leaped with joy.

The book came today. I’m only a few pages into it, but today I’m not going to talk about how I’m liking it so far. Today, I want to talk about what a beautiful book the publishers have created in this one .

The book that I have with me is a hardcover edition, but it is as light as a paper-bound. The cover is beautiful, so is the choice of font in the entire book. There are ample white spaces which is soothing to the eye. the paper used is high-quality. And it has an awesome fresh newspaper-ish smell! I was sniffing into the book for a few minutes.

As soon as I held the book in my hand, I knew I had to have a copy of my own. It is a collector’s delight.

Like Lahiri, I am in love with a language never spoken by my ancestors – French. Though I have never considered writing a book in French, I definitely want to speak French like a Frenchwoman. So, I couldn’t agree more when Lahiri says,

“To know a new language, to immerse yourself, you have to leave the shore. Without a life vest. Without depending on solid ground.” – Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words

I hope to delve deeper into this different love story this weekend. I hope to go deeper into the ocean that learning a new language is. As always, I am sure Ms. Lahiri would charm me with her panache.

Any Lahiri fans out here? Feel free to reach out and share your thoughts in the Comments below.

 

 

‘Kwench’ing the Book Thirst

The other day I listed the free coffee at the office as being one of the coolest things. However, I have found a cooler one still! It’s Kwench!

Kwench is a next-generation cloud based employee engagement platform that enables companies to engage their workforce through various offerings that cater to their professional and personal needs. (Source: Kwench)

In simple words, it is kind of an online library where you can order books and get them delivered to your desk at office. Besides physical books they also have ebooks and many other cool features like games (Sudoku, crosswords, Rubik’s cube etc.), quizzes and even office yoga videos! But the best thing for me is the sound relaxation feature – there are so many audio files with sounds ranging from beaches, birds, musical instruments etc. In fact, as I write this, I am listening to an Om chant. It has such a calming effect!

I ordered The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy today through Kwench. It is yet to be delivered, but I am glad that I’m able to access such vast collection of books due to my employment.

Back to the desk now!