What are some of your favorite reading memories?
Do you, like me, remember the time and place you read the book when you recall something you read?
Here are some of my favorite reading memories.
For the longest time, I only read comics. My uncle's comic book collection was extensive. My favorites were the three "Famous Five" comics my mother got me from Vellore. They were expensive and I used to call them "precious books" as a child. I loved reading them best on my bed, with a bowl of freshly cut sugarcane. I'd have another bowl beside me to spit the waste into. I can still hear the crunch of the sugarcane, the flap of the pages turning and taste the sweet juice bursting into my mouth when I recall this book. I started reading chapter books later, but the combination of freshly cut sugarcane and books never let me down!
My mother's parents lived in Kerala and we would spend at least 2 weeks every summer with them. It was a long train journey - ODC to Madurai by bus; Madurai to Kollam by train; a 2-3 hours wait at the Kollam station; Kollam to Thiruvella by another train and then finally, Thiruvella to my grandparents home by car where there would be a hot Kerala brunch waiting for us. I used to look forward to the transit at Kollam because that is when Appa would take me for a walk till the end of the platform and back, we'd talk about the "gothic style" doors at the station, how Kollam won the cleanest railway station award, how the steam engine works and then Appa would buy me a Tinkle comic from the Higginbothams books stall, A 'Vanitha' for Amma and a 'Frontline/India Today/ The Week" for himself. We would sit on the benches outside, sipping hot vending machine coffee, reading, watching the sunrise and waiting for our connecting train. Sigh! Those were the days!
I have more memories. These are just the first two that came to my mind. I think I might start a series of posts on this topic. Feel free to join me.
I haven't figured out how to get people to put their links up on my blog, but I will soon. So for now, please put your reading memories as a comment on this post, or type in a link to your blog.
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