Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Meeting Mont Blanc & some books

Hi world…

One thing I must stop trying to do is to make every post into an article…I have one coming up on Rahman’s sufi compositions…but that is for later…so, what have I been doing…well, for starters, I have just about recovered from my usual bronchial allergy which affects me two to three times every year…I have made it to my college today…the college timings have changed that means we leave early…I think I must hunt for pens today…haven’t bought one for ages…have some plans in mind…I think I will go to the Reynolds showroom Write Site in Prasad’s IMAX…I had earlier bought a very good looking Reynolds fountain pen, which also writes well…well… Shruti liked and I gave it to her…I have to replenish my collection now… they have some very good imported fountain pens, which don’t cost a bomb…which is a big relief…lets see what happens today evening…

Last week I had this opportunity to see and experience a real Mont Blanc fountain pen…this pen belongs to a friend of mine…Chayan…I have known him for around 6-7 years now and I didn’t know that he had a penchant for collecting fountain pens…anyway, we had been to his place and somehow the conversation veered towards pens and Shruti said how I had started a fund to finance my Mont Blanc…and Chayan’s wife said that Chayan too had this thing for pens and he has a Mont Blanc and a Waterman and all that…wow…I had to see this and Chayan showed this Mont Blanc…I noticed that the brand was ‘noblesse oblige’…I was so happy…I held it in my hands…saw the nib…14 karat gold…I was one stop closer to nirvana…ha ha ha…that is how much I am obsessed with Mont Blanc…but Chayan said, he wants to own a Meisterstuck, and that is the model that I want too…I have succeeded in collecting a good sum, but need some more to make it there…and...this is the second time I had seen/heard about someone who was gifted a Mont Blanc...the first was Vinod Ekbote...and Chayan is the second...how lucky can you get...!!!

In the meanwhile, I finished reading The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber…one of most fascinating books that I had read in recent times…I must see what else Gruber has written and if they are as good as this one…I also read, in the meantime, Hannibal by Thomas Harris…I had watched the film when it was released and had wanted to read it…actually, I had wanted to read Silence of the Lambs, but maybe due to some gap in reason picked up Hannibal instead at my usual second hand book store – Al Classic – near Sangeet cinema in Secunderabad…I had run out of books to read while travelling to college and this came in handy…a good read…film is better, I feel…
I have placed orders for 3 books at Indiaplaza.in and hope to receive them during this week…will tell more about them at leisure…

Till then...stay healthy...

Jayasrinivasa Rao

2 comments:

Abhik said...

Jai, do you visit Kolkata? A good & reliable pen shop in Kolkata is at the entrance of 'Sree Leathers'' at Lindsey Street!
Find some time & money to visit. He can sell you genuine Mont Blancs.
NB model is good, I have one but not exciting!
Check now obsolete "Generation" model
or Miesterstrucks. Chopin is affordable.
Abhik.

Animesh said...

I have heard that flipkart.com is fairly good for online book shopping. let me know if you like it.