Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Kureishi Shelf




I've had strange factions of luck with Kureishi. My first Kureishi- Love in a Blue time with the lovely Blue cover found its way into my bag from a government library somehow. I loved the spined copy so much, and even more so after discovering the much duller paperback version in the expensive bookstore, I  immediately decided to keep the forbidden copy away from its lawful home-the State Library. But, the beautiful cover played elusive and I lost the book to a friend so dear I didn't scratch him bald when he told me that my first Kureishi had decided to move on.


Gabriel's Gift I found in the AC Joshi Library, a library that had a noted dislike for modern fiction and hence my surprise, " Kureishi, you, here?". The silvery blue cover reflected my "blue love" for Kureishi back at me. And hence a pleasant afternoon under the winter sun with Kureishi in my lap before he returned to the dark hustled library shelf less than 14 days  from our shelved encounter.


One grumpy day I happened to turn into the little old magazine kiosk and found the most  brilliant cover I've ever I've seen on a book. Intimacy limned as a couple in bed, intimate.
This cover I've never seen in any bookshop, I had to discover it between obsolete India Todays and Womans Eras. And I hold this Kureishi close to me like no other, intimate. 


In Bangalore with my Twink, I found Love in a Blue Time again, in a pile that threatened to self destruct anytime. I escaped with Kureishi, myself and my Twink-then tight under my arm.


And then this Sunday, I again sauntered over to the little old magazine kiosk and found The Buddha of Suburbia content amongst the Pregnancy and Childcare and Digit Magazine. So even though I owned a much more expensive sparkling version, I still picked up the spent Kureishi.


And now I live with the Kureishis.
:)


P.S Dear Hanif Kureishi,
My apologies for completely discounting my copy of Midnight all Day from this narrative, I, well, didnot enjoy it a bit.







15 comments:

Richa Kedia said...

The colorful Buddha of Suburbia stands out against the blue and black backdrop!!

Srikant said...

Yeah Richa....I find Intimacy a comic book. Talking of cover pages hows this for some quality (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f3/EnigmaOfArrival.jpg/180px-EnigmaOfArrival.jpg). Last heard Kureishi's sister was accusing him of writing badly about the family. Imagine Kureshi a non-muslim Londoner...he'd not have gone above the screenplay writing!

blinded blue teddy said...

Itching to read them now.
:)

theunknownsoldier said...
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theunknownsoldier said...

Sunshine.. after reading your post i realized..it was me who lost the book..


P.S Dear Jasmine,
My apologies


:) :)

測逤 said...

Good blog~nice to meet u..................................................................

Richa Kedia said...

Srikant, that's a beautiful cover but the cover that I have an unequivocal predilection towards is the Vintage edition of Nabokov's The Gift
http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Vladimir-Nabokov/dp/0679727256#noop. It is an artistic masterpiece and aptly suited for the book!!

請看 said...

Many a little makes a mickle.........................................

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Jasmine said...

Who are all you guys??

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Pankaj said...

I need to explore Indian authors beyond Chetan Bhagat