More notes on a cloudy dayCrossword, the bookstore, opened yet another store in Pune, this time in Aundh. Had been to check the place out. It's pretty small compared to the other major outlets, but seemed quite serviceable. I found the layout pretty decent, one long aisle really, compared to the JM Road one which always seems a little cluttered. Or was it just the lack of a sizeable crowd? When I entered, there were hardly any, but I as left, there were quite a lot of people inside. I guess inevitably, it will seem a little dense soon.
Crossword is a good place to check out current tastes in books, movies and music because it doesn't have the reputation of being the store where you can find even a non-bestseller book which you are looking for. Atleast not in my experience. For people from other cities, I must make it clear that Crosswords unfortunately is our only "big" store - there are many other single location stores that are decent, but suffer from being a little inaccessible compared to Crosswords. Add to that the fact that these do not seem to have the financial clout to arrange frequent "discount" sales and other promotionals. Harish raved about Landmark in Bangalore, so hopefully someday we'll see some competition from Odyssey and Landmark here - more choice.
All this talk always is reminiscent of You've Got Mail! - we even have a couple of children's bookshops in the same locality. Some of the employees and some of the service at Crossword can be compared to the Fox Bookstore too. Not sure though that a Joe Fox and a Kathleen Kelly are lurking anywhere near Parihar Chowk.
I was quite tempted to pick up a biography of Rahul Dravid but didn't as I wonder if it's a premature concept - I seem to prefer bios after the career is complete. I'm sure that RD will pen an autobiography some day, so maybe I'll wait for that. There were quite a few other temptations and sadly I yielded to none. Noted for future use, the prices of the complete Tintin set (7 volumes of 3 each), CDs of Casablanca, Limited Manuski, and a copy of Mrutyunjay (Tho' I'm still not sure I have the capacity to read a full length Marathi book).
Am still to be convinced about the need for Twenty/20 cricket elsewhere in the world, but in England it makes some sense. It is entertaining most of the times, with the need for some whacky batting and sharp fielding which is helping get some of the English crowds back in. In India, well, I'm still not sure why we don't have a round the year day/night national ODI competition. I don't think Twenty/20 is the answer here. One more note to ESPN/Star - despite the need to spice up things, Sky TV don't seem to have added unnecessary elements in the broadcast.