I am doing this for Asya. She introduced this idea on her blog, and here it goes:
How many books do you own?
Must be nearing a thousand now! Not a great number though as I recently read that Umberto Eco has about 40,000 books in his library. I don't know if I will ever be able to amass those number of books, let alone read them. Most of my books are in Delhi. Includes books in English and Urdu. I love English fiction and Urdu poetry. Unfortunately, I could never connect with English poetry. I guess this is due to lack of exposure.
What is the last book you bought?
I already have a long list of books waiting for my attention. Recently, I bought a couple of books in Kolkata. Some of them are Mahabharata (R K Narayan), The Lexus and Olive Tree (Thomas Friedman), India Wins Freedom (Maulana Azad), The Holy Wars, Transmission (Hari Kuzru), Salem's Lot (Stephen King), and On Literature (Umberto Eco).
Which is the last one you've read?
I am reading The Lexus and Olive Tree. It is an interesting book on globalisation.
Which five books have meant the most to you?
The answer will vary from time to time I guess, as I am yet to read so many great and well-received works. Anyway, here is my tentative list:
Mera Daghistan by Rasool Humzatov (Russian translated into Hindi)
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (English)
Short Stories by Chekhov
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (English)
Collected Stories by Raymond Carver
And whom would you like to book-tag?
You started the whole thing and have already asked Susan to do it. Shakeel has stopped blogging. Who do I ask now? Anyway I am troubling these two gentlemen for book-tagging: