Romancing With Life


Author: Dev Anandimage2
Title: Romancing With Life: An Autobiography
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Year of publication: 2007
Place of publication: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
With good wishes,
Dev Anand
Submitted by: Sourjya Mitra

Three Men in a Boat


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Title: Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog
Publisher: Tor Books
Year of publication: 2001
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This was ordered from Singapore by my brother through Fabmall, which used to be the most popular Indian online retailer back in 2004. The notes attached on top of the packages had to substitute for inscriptions. Another book came with this package: The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
Transcription of inscription:
Devarshi Chakrabarty

[gift tag]

Dearest Tinuburo
Well done! Keep up the good work at school. Enjoy these books while it rains cats and dogs!
lots of love,
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

St Clare’s

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Title: St Clare’s (Three Books in One)
Publisher: Reed International Books
Year of publication: 1997
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: While the smiley is self-explanatory, the Marco Polo is a bit of a puzzle. My best guess is that it doesn’t refer directly to the merchant/explorer, but to the cheat codes ‘Marco’ and ‘Polo’ that can be used in Age of Empires 2, a game I was obsessed with back then, to reveal the map and remove the fog of war respectively.
Transcription of inscriptions:
To Tintin with love, from Bhaishona
Dec ’02

[Additional scribbling by me]
(big smiley)
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

Whit, Or Isis Amongst the Unsaved


Author: Iain Banks
Title: Whit, Or Isis Amongst the Unsaved
Publisher: Little, Brown
Year of publication: 1995
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: Daryaganj, Delhi
Purchase cost: Rupees 100
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments:
Appears to be author’s autograph.
Transcription of inscription:
Iain Banks
Submitted by: Uttaran Das Gupta

The Once and Future King

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Author: T. H. White
Title: The Once and Future King
Publisher: Ace Books
Year of publication: 1987
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Paperback, 639 p., purchased at the secondhand book market in Daryaganj, New Delhi in April, 2015. Possibly used as a textbook by a previous owner. Names of two owners written on the inside cover; ‘Allison’ is repeated in stylised letters on 209 p., and ‘McNAMARA’ is written with marker on the fore edge. Certain portions of text are highlighted with a blue ballpoint pen and annotated with single words.
Transcriptions:                  FullSizeRender (4)
[Inside front cover]
Allison Fearn

[Title page]
= against time

[Title page of first book]
Merlyn – more mental strength
“Education is experience & the essence of experience is self reliance.”
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. meets Mr. P. – example of an absolute
. ruler – dictator
. rule by Fear

– Joust w/ Grummore & Pell.
. Wart had viewed knights as noble, chivalric
. Fighting is not a game

[Pg. 112]
Wart is learning to understand his surroundings & to survive
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

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Silas Marner

uthor: George Eliot                                                  IMG_20151021_074737
Title: Silas Marner
Publisher: Wilco Publishing House
Year of publication: 2002
Place of publication: Mumbai 
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Obtained as a parting gift around April, 2004 from my close friend, classmate, and rival in everything English. Haven’t really kept in touch; maybe because he gifted an eleven year old me a Silas Marner!
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
Dear Devarshi

We have spent lovely times together and I will really miss you. Do keep in touch. 

Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty