My favorite memories of childhood are of Saturdays, when dad would drop me off at B.C. Roy Children’s Library on his way to work . I would be in Readers’ Heaven for the next few hours. He always had to pry me from the shelves of wonderful books during lunch time, and my only consolation for losing half an hour to lunch was the cold coffee with ice cream I always demanded from the nearby Udupi Café. I would rush back to my books soon after and would not budge even when the pretending-to-be-angry watchman jangled the library keys persistently, at closing time.
Since the library is for children only, I sought haven at the college libraries once I turned 18. A librarian once swore in front of theprofessors that I had probably read all the books under the ‘Fiction’ category but had not touched a single course reference book in the library! The best compliment she ever paid me, I believe.
Gurgaon, unfortunately does not boast of good libraries. SMM did introduce me to the lending library in Supermart, but it did not stock the books I wanted, and it has no place to sit and read! There is Landmark of course. which furnishes our home with books but minifies our bank balances considerably.
So yesterday when I remembered a post by ~nm about BookMeABook.com, I jumped with joy. And I went there as fast as my clicks could carry me! Subscribed and browsed through the categories. Picking and choosing. Tagging books I wanted to read and creating a list of books they could send me.
And was I surprised when the delivery-man handed me the red bag full of books today. Delivery in 24 hours! I am hooked.
*Title is the name of the Online Books Library in Delhi, Book Me A Book