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Where Are The Books?

In every house in Ireland that I remember being in, there's a place where books are kept.  I would'nt say that people in Ireland are better educated or more learned than others, but I just took it for granted that there is always a place for books in a house.  In fact one of my first questions on going to a friend's house for the first time would be 'where are the books?'  I always think that you can tell a lot about people by the kind of books they read.

Yash's house was very different.  When I first came here for a visit in 1993, the year before we were married, my first question was the usual.  The answer was 'nowhere'.  I couldn't find a book anywhere.  I mean, here was this highly educated family.  Yash and his elder brother are Doctors of Philosophy.  None of his siblings has studied at less than Master's degree level.  I eventually found thin volumes in Hindi, stuffed in drawers.  Some of them were old school textbooks.  That was it!

Well it's all changed now that I'm here.  We've got lots of shelves stuffed with books courtesy of yours truly.  I could not live without books in a house, I would go crazy.  I need a variety of reading material to be available to me on a regular basis.

You could say that my biggest contribution to my marital home has been books.


  1. And what a wonderful contribution! So, has the family come to appreciate the presence of books?

  2. Now that the curiosity is up, what kind of books? Can we take a peek at your bookshelf? :-)

  3. That is indeed very odd. I too am quite surprised that they kept them in some hidden away drawers. Most homes that I know of in India have book shelves or libraries, like I have.

  4. I know exactly what you mean. For me too, I can't imagine a home without books.

  5. oh man, i am with you on this. when i lived in trinidad i was struck by the lack of libraries.

  6. We have so many books we don't know where to put them anymore. I even had the idea to make a library at work just to make room at home! :-) I couldn't live without books. :-)

  7. I'm very pleased to hear that you introduced book shelves, (and stocked them!) to your husband's family. To me, a house is not a home without books and I have book cases in nearly every room of my house! :)

  8. Book Shelves are more of a new thing in household Gaelika...but that doesnt mean people here dont read....In villages there are public libraries where books are stored and they lend it for a specific period...say one week....thats how the villages read...buying a book was considered to be luxury, even by the well-off in those days (or can even was more like sharing the same book by many....a very generous act of youngsters in those days ;-) lol (maybe Yash belongs to this generous group which is a good sign)...but yes now things have changed....


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