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About Me - Debolina Raja Gupta

I am Debolina from Delhi, India, now calling Mumbai home. 

Thats me :-)

I am a writer, a poet, an avid reader, content-creator, a photographer, dancer and traveler.

A working mum a freelance writer and a crazy being.

I am a die-hard book-lover and I really love old books, especially the ones I pick up at flea markets, the ones that have been thumbed down with age, who have seen many keepers before them, but have now finally found a home with me. I love the yellow-ed look of the pages, imagining the people and the families where these books are coming from.

A few of my cherished books in my favourite nook in the house...

I had started this book blog as just a journal of sorts, where I would simply keep track of my favourite books. I love reading and am never without a book and am constantly trying to make new space now. Earlier I used to read two-three books at a time, but now I concentrate on one book, as I feel it gives me a better connection to the book that way. Of course sometimes I do cheat and read multiple books together...

There are also many friends whom I have met and found through books. I am one of those people who is always trying to bend down and check the title of the book in your hand. So whether I see someone on the flight, at the airport, at a clinic, at the mall, supermarket...anywhere...I just have to try and catch a glimpse of the title, and many times, I have even walked up to complete strangers and asked them how did they find the book !! And I have made a few lifelong friends like that....

I have never really chosen my books based on the awards they have collected. When I pick up a book, I flip through the first few pages, and if I feel the first page or so is interesting enough, I bring it home. Many times, even the cover/cover jacket can be tempting enough to bring it back with me.

There is no particular genre that I can label as a favourite, there are so many different kinds of books that I love - I like books that talk about real-life situations, books that talk about families and generation leaps. I love books that talk about history and culture and I always love to read books that share stories from other parts of the world and give me a window into the lives of those who have a different tradition and life than ours. Of course I also love to read Indian literature, especially since Bengali is my native tongue, and I particularly like works of Indian-origin writers. Sometimes I also enjoy autobiographies immensely. I do like mysteries, psychological thrillers, chic-lit, travelogues and any kind of writing that is directly from the heart and does not come across as vain. I hate pretend writers, those who will blindly copy a situation or setting and put it in their own work, irrespective of the country or culture...that is such a dampener....Somehow, I have yet not been able to be a fan of sci-fi, still trying.

I love to take in the fragrance of old books and sometimes, you can find me buried inside a book, filling my lungs with that heady smell of words. And if you happen to get a peek in my handbag, you will always find a book there without fail..

When I get some time to myself, I love to do something for the lesser-fortunate children, especially as there are so many little ones out there on the streets in India. Earlier I used to teach the slum kids, but have had to give that up due to time constraints. I do cook for these street kids once a week at home and go out and share the meal with them. I also work with a few NGOs who work with slum and street kids, children of beggars and construction labourers, and I help collect and donate toys, clothes, books, footwear and food for them. I truly believe that if each one of us would take it upon ourselves to look after at least one such unfortunate child, the world would be a much better place. It really does not take too much to bring in a few smiles. I have recently taken my individual initiative a bit further and started a group on FaceBook called 'Feed A Kid Every Saturday' Do visit and join if you believe in it and spread the word.

If you like my blog, feel free to follow and share your blog link, so that I can visit your book blog too. You may choose to follow me on FaceBook or on Twitter as @DebolinaRGupta. I like making new friends and meeting new interesting people who also share a common love of books. I hope to see you here more often and read your comments :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta