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Any time is reading time: At the airport
Any time is reading time: At the airport

MANISHA GARG

What is going to be the flavour of your vacation? Books of course.

The much-awaited summer vacation is here and elders in your family want to take you to a hill station or enrol you in the various camps in progress in the city. You were, however, looking forward to reading the books to your heart’s content, which your friends had always been talking about or you had wanted to read all along but did not get the time to do so.

Variety fare

If you are on a shoestring budget, borrow the books from your friends or neighbours. You can also start collecting your favourite books in paperback edition. For starters, check out the comics available with attractive graphics ranging from the Tin Tin, Asterix, Tinkle, Biggles, The Phantom and Agatha Christie. Those interested in detective fiction or adventure might take a peep into the mysteries of James Hadley Chase, Alfred Hitchcock, Carolyn Keene’s ’Nancy Drew’ books, Agatha Christie’s novels, Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or Secret Seven.

In the classics section, good old Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and P.G. Wodehouse remain as popular as they were earlier. Among contemporary novels, The Amber Skyglass by Philip Pullman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud, Jeffrey Archer’s novels and collection of short stories, The Roald Dahl stories, Puffin Classics seem to be the flavour of the month. And holidays might also be the time when you want to improve your general knowledge. How about reading the paper carefully and building the general awareness and your English? You can carry a small dictionary in your pocket and note the meanings of the words you did not understand.

Apart from number of other public and private libraries, Visakha Public Library at Dwarka Nagar has a good range of novels and magazines . You can try the private libraries also and if money is not a big constraint, take a pick from the selection of books at the Crossword Book Store at Siripuram Petrol Bunk or Pages at the Old Jail Road or Gupta Book Store at Diamond Park. Some bookstores near the police barracks also sell second hand novels.


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