I bet every book lover has two traits.
One, she would keep buying new books even though she has not yet read half the books in her possession yet. She just does not have the time to keep up the reading. Yet she does not want to miss out on the new arrivals. (She does not read them on a FIFO basis either. Her choice often is based on mood; if not random!)
Two, she has to read more than one book at a time. One book could be heavy (profound ideas that require highlighting and cogitation); another could be quite light and easy on the mind.
I have always had problems locating the second type. Light. Easy. Yet, engaging. Preferably light non-fiction (humor, biographies, essays).
Karan Thapar provides a “filler” that is fun to read.
I am not a fan of Karan Thapar. I find his TV interviews a frustration. He raises intelligent questions. He has the ability to “stick to the knitting” and prevent his subject sidestep or obfuscate the issues. However he hijacks the airtime; talks thirteen to a dozen; prevents even good answers from coming through; and does not know the difference between being firm in extracting an answer and being rude in preventing an answer.
However, I saw the soft and emotional side of Karan when he was interviewed by someone else (on the death of his Oxford classmate, Benazir Bhutto) and was provided decent time to respond!
One can easily visualize the contemplative Jawaharlal Nehru gazing at the distance and rambling about “stuff” while Karan’s Mamu was more interested in the mundane and immediate matter of securing the elder Nehru’s permission for younger sister Nayantara’s wedding.
One cannot so easily visualize Indira Gandhi chiding the children (including young Karan, his sister and Sanjay) to get ready to go to the President’s home; but ease themselves before going so as to not “spend a penny” in the Presidential palace. Or replying with a smile how she manages when her schedule involves long lasting events!
One is thankful to Kris Srinivasan for some of his emails to Karan wondering:
2. Why “overlook” and “oversee” differ so much in their meaning?
3. Why is the guy who handles all your money a “broker”?
4. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
5. If people in Poland are Poles, are people in Holland Holes?
6. If electricity comes from electrons, does morality comes from morons?
7. Why are you ‘in” a movie; but “on” TV.
Karan adds his own gem: If “I am” is the shortest sentence, is “I do” the longest sentence?