04 June 2007

Gerald Durrell


Yesterday, I got back home at around 6 and decided to visit Landmark . Its one my favorite places in Bangalore .Rather like a temple for books. Just as you enter , you get a whiff of the Cookie Man’s cookies , Kalmane’s coffee and that weird soap place’s smell (They sell soaps that cost 80 bucks a gram!) all at once . Very typical Forum feeling.

A vacant eyed help at Landmark(they were REALLY vacant ! Mix of brown and grey and expressionless) told me Khaled Hosseini’s latest would take a couple of days. Picked up a Bill Bryson for Mom(She’s visting Altoid for a month and she needs something else to think about other than thoughts in which the pilot highjacks the flight , she boards the flight to Tokyo instead of DC, the customs mistake her rasam powders for drugs .. you know all this could fill up into a new post entirely)

Anyway , I picked up Mitch Alboms’s latest “For one more day” and then my old favorite Gerald Durrell’s “The picnic and suchlike pandemonium”. A collection of short stories, this. The entire Durrell family decide to go off on a picnic one hot summer morning , take food that could feed an army , mistake a dead decaying horse for a rock and a resting point , for more of the painfully funny details , do read the book.

Some hilarious excerpts ,

“Do you think there’ll be enough food?” asked mother worriedly.

“I thought we were only going to Lulworth for the afternoon” said Leslie . I didn’t realize we were emigrating.

“Larry dear !” cried mother. “What a lovely surprise!”

Larry made his first verbal commitment to his family in ten years.

“Have any of you got colds?” he rasped irritably.

“If so, I’ll go to a hotel”

“Well I didn’t hear any tickety” said Leslie.

“Now –now dear don’t quarrel “ said mother peaceably.”After all , Jack is the engineer in the family”

“If he’s an engineer , it’s a curious sort of technical language they’re teaching him now “ commented Leslie.

“Engineers in my day didn’t discuss their tickety pings in public”


Am already well into the second story now ,I plan to finish it up in a couple of days and then lay my hands on this book.

5 scribbled back to “Gerald Durrell”

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2007 2:58:00 AM
    Altoid says:

    :) Awesome book eh Seren. NOW you've got me craving for some Gerald Durrel!

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2007 11:55:00 PM

    hey guess what that's my fav place too in bangalore...i live really close by..so spend a lot of time there (No one chucks you out for reading there ;-)

  • Sunday, July 01, 2007 2:03:00 AM

    My dream family is always like Gerald Durrel's! Wacky, interesting and so caring. If only books weren't so expensive!

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    Sunday, July 01, 2007 8:28:00 AM
    serendipity says:

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  • Sunday, July 01, 2007 8:34:00 AM
    serendipity says:

    Alto : I owe whatever little of the reading bug to you and Amma , and your friends who contributed to all the PGW's and GD's collection at home :)

    LR : I'll definitely be on the look out next time I go :)

    Misunderstood:I understand you live in Chennai , thought there was a huge library there :)


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