Saturday 21- Old+New


This is an endless predicament if you ask me, to decide whether old rules or new. Whenever a topic on kindle is raised, it comes attached with a debate over its prominence vis a vis paperbacks. But then I wonder why should it be a thing to decide, eh? Books of any kind, any version should and must rule, irrespective of how we get to read them. Whether paper bound or electronically bound, a book is a book is a book!

I cant’t believe that I am saying this, because when e-readers had started to gain ground, I was one of those who had resisted them. But now, with the old and new managing to co-exist wonderfully so far, I can see myself embracing my Kindle and my paperbacks with both my arms alike!

Having said that, with the rapid change in the environment for the worse, I shudder to admit that gradually the use of paper may dwindle with the moving times. Which makes it even more of a need to enjoy this very moment of co-existence while it lasts.

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Sometimes all it takes is a synopsis..

To break you from a resolve you had every intention of keeping! 🙂

Now it’s not been long since I started taking to e-reading. It has been a gradual shift though.

To be honest I was pretty resistant to the Kindle revolution at first purely because I was way too much in love with my paper books to let it come in the way. The blissfully smooth touch, the divine smell of the paper which I felt every time I flipped the pages always made my reading journey more complete than the vagueness that I felt with a flimsy careless swipe of an e-reader.

But, a dearth in good book stores and libraries here have made me seek out for other options to keep my love for reading alive. And reading on Kindle has been a fairly good option which I have begun to rather enjoy.

That’s not to say that I don’t love paper books anymore. I do. I heart them. Which is why I had resolved, after the last two e-books, that I would now pick up a proper book, that I can touch, feel, breath-in in the ‘real’ sense.

But one month on since then, there still wasn’t any sign of a good book that I could lay my hands on. Until today.

I stumbled upon a book while wishlisting a few other books that I wanted delivered to my parents’ so I could pick them up in my next visit home. It had showed up as the website’s recommendation. Since the cover was quite pleasing, I decided to click on it and read its summary. Suffice would it be to say that I was hooked! I was itching to pick this book up to read.


Usually, before deciding on buying a book, I also check on its reviews by readers, especially those whose recommendations I follow. So I looked up to see whether anyone I knew had already read it. Noone had. But I still decided to buy it. Placing an order for delivery of the book here in Doha was proving a bit steep on my pocket, while a more economical option of having it delivered to my parents would have meant that I would have to wait till my next visit home. And I didnt want to wait.

So what do I do? I opt for the next best option. Even if that means breaking my resolve to invest in a paper book next. Yes, Kindle it is 🙂

The book is now lying in my reader waiting to be read. I have no idea how the book is going to fare from the inside, but the synopsis sure has made it too good to be turned down!