Rain and Church Street

4 Nov

So, continuing with the Diwali and festive spirit, here’s another scoop from today!

I absolutely despise having the rains appear at this time of the year. Yes, it’s supposed to be refreshing and cleansing and blah blah, but if we were to remove ourselves from that poetic and ideal world and come back to our reality – so called roads in potholes, slush and muck, drains overflowing, wading through godknowswhosespitandcrap, uncouth motorists who think the roads are theirs’, missing pavements (wait, roads in potholes would automatically imply no footpaths), sleeping civic authorities (I could go on and we know how never-ending this list is) – having rains at this time (or any time as it were) SUCKS.

Also, since it’s time for Diwali, I really hope the clouds clear away for just these 2 days to not dampen spirits, so that the diyas stay lit and the entire show doesn’t get washed out.

However, amidst all this rain and thunderstorm that was enforced upon us, today afternoon was hugely rewarding. Tucked away on Church Street is where we sought shelter from the downpour, and because I was here, I lost track of time. Rain, namesake sunshine, thunder, storm and blah blue bleh, I chose to drown myself here…

And this here happened to be none other than Blossoms. Our Beloved Blossoms! Sorry the picture is a little blurred because I was a) so excited by the stacks of books, b) I was shivering from the cold, and lastly, c) I was trying not to catch the eye of the many cameras they have hidden all over the place! I after all didn’t want to be thrown out on suspicious grounds from this haven, back into the horribly cold stormy afternoon on stinky Church Street.

Yes, so where were we? Ah, stacks of books *drool*
And yes, I lost track of time. As is always the case, I had already managed to load my arms with a few (ok fine, 5!) books, and it was just the beginning! *excitement*
I LOVE this store. And Bookworm as well. 
I LOVE seeing 2 price tags – the original one and the Blossoms one – and flipping (mentally) at the discount.
I LOVE the variety, the volume and the range of books they have! I could pull all those books down and just dive in them.
Or have an American Beauty moment by just lying down on the floor watching books fall at me in slo-mo (and gently).
I LOVE the character this place has! No other fancier store can ever ever replace it (though I am a sucker for Crossword as well)
I LOVE this book paradise and this readers’ haven! It is just so beautiful! And marvelous. And awe-inspiring. And so much more.

So much later, at the risk of maxing out my card, I walked out with my three prized possessions: Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Interpreter of Maladies’ (been waiting ages for this one!), ‘Tales by Hans Christian Anderson’ (the graphics are so so gorgeous!!) and ‘Mahatma’ by D.G Tendulkar (which looks so frayed as though someone from the 50s owned it). I cannot wait to dig in. 

Oh wait, I have D.H Lawrence’s ‘Sons and Lovers’ and two huge collections of novels by R.K Narayan… So yeah, hallelujah! :)

So yes, I am feeling forgiving because such an afternoon couldn’t have had a better silver lining, that too tucked away in books. 

Blissed Out.


4 Responses to “Rain and Church Street”

  1. - Ubiquitous - November 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM #

    I love The Interpreter of Maladies.Someone borrowed it from me once…and never gave it back! x(***'wading through godknowswhosespitandcrap' – =))

  2. Babushka November 5, 2010 at 8:20 AM #

    that's why books should never be lent! people can be so horrible with them, whether or not they return them!u should hound the borrower! (if u remember who you gave it to!)i say go for it!:D

  3. - Ubiquitous - November 5, 2010 at 8:31 AM #

    I know who I gave it to (with much reluctance, that too) but she is in Delhi now and I don't even feel like asking. Shucks. I'll just go buy myself another copy!

  4. Babushka November 5, 2010 at 8:38 AM #

    may the books take their revenge!


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