I had been in Delhi a while ago. I had borrowed a book from my daughter to read on the flight, and had kept it in my suitcase, as I was going to buy a gift for my young nephew whom I would be seeing en route to the airport, and did not want to carry a book in my handbag while visiting a book shop. I also bought myself a few more books, and in the general confusion of leaving the House with the Three Dogs, all the books were packed into my suitcase, apart from what I'd bought for my nephew.
I thought I'd buy a book or magazine at the airport- I knew that the terminal had a good book shop, Odyssey, which was fairly well stocked. Unfortunately, it was no longer there- most of the shops in Terminal 1D, (apart from the many restaurants and food shops) had apparently packed up and moved to Terminal 3. Ah well, it wasn't the end of the world, I could survive for a few hours without something to read. But there in the corner of the building was a toy shop, which I decided to examine. A couple of shelves held some children's books, which I browsed through. And there was the treasure that had been waiting for me, something the very existence of which I was unaware of: Jaya Madhavan's "KABIR The Weaver-Poet." ( The following is from the Tulika website)
KABIR THE WEAVER POET by Jaya Madhavan
I am so glad to have found and read this book- it is so simple and so profound, with an absolutely delightful narrative structure, and a compelling insight into Indian society, both that of a few hundred years ago, and of the present day. And of course it deals with Sant Kabir, whose timeless writings are as relevant today as they ever were.
This post was inspired by Peccavi, whose comment on the post 'Remembering Kabir in Istanbul' reminded me of this wonderful book.
I shall mail Jaya with the link. She will be glad to see this post. I loved the book. And am shamelessly proud to say - i have an autographed copy.
@Peccavi: Wow! I refuse to be jealous, since my accidental copy was truly a gift from God!
Didn't she manage to make Kabir seem so real. I found the last part of the book riveting. As soon as i finished the book - i had to call her and gush :D
@peccavi: She did. The end was fabulous. Yes, I'd wanted to look up her e-mail and write to her immediately, then got caught up in mundanities:(
Flipkart, here I come! :) Dipali, thanks for sharing.
@Banno: I'm sure you'll love it!
I wish I wasn't so ignorant about books!!!! Thanks for this review, I am certainly going to get a copy!!
tagged u Dipali :)
this is an awesome book indeed, i learnt so much about kabir from it. have a copy for uttara waiting in our bookshelves too :)
wow! Sounds like my kind of a book. Will get a copy :)
Book seems to be a wealth of poems. Thanks for pointing me to this post, Dipali.
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