Coffee With Fay

Coffee With Fay: Resh of thebooksatchel

Resh is one person I really admire in the book community. From her insightful book reviews to her creative bookstagram posts, you can’t help but love her. I was really excited when she agreed to do this. Grab a cuppa and read on.

1. Tell me a little about yourself.
Hi, I am Resh. I eat books. Oh yes, that is true. When I am not reading you would find me day dreaming, food gawking or learning something new. Or experimenting with stuff, be it food or pictures or anything at all.

2. What are you currently reading?
Currently I am reading two incredible books – The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale which takes place in a toyshop and it is giving me all the magical, childhood vibes. My other read is The Silent Duchess, translated from the Italian, is the story of a girl who cannot speak. The language is exquisite and I am loving each word in the book

3. What is your favorite genre and why?
I love magical realism and I enjoy fantasy as well. Those are my escapist reads even though they don’t form the majority of my reads.

4. What do you think about the reading culture in India?
I think the reading culture in India is fabulous. Indians read ALOT and that is wonderful. Most Indians have varied reading habits and explore books in English as well as those translated from other countries. Added to that there is a huge treasure of regional reads as well since India is a country with many different languages. On the dull side, we lack well equipped public libraries which is a shame especially since we have such a large count of readers. Also I would love to see more translations that do justice to the original work. Quite often we see the finesse of a work absolutely dissolved in a bumpy English translation. Also it would be nice to see a shift in focus towards novels of genres other than romance. Both the industry and a large number of readers lean towards the genre because of which books in other genres don’t receive as much attention.

5. Name 3 reading habits that you have.
My one habit is that I keep changing my habits. Haha, does that make sense? I don’t like settling into a habit, so I keep changing them. I might read every night on my bed and then decide one fine day that I want to sit on a chair and read. My second habit would be reading multiple books at a time. I can never be a one-book-at-a-time girl. My third habit is that I find it very difficult to abandon books even if they are not worth the time. I’d either skip a few pages and read and somehow finish it or I would slog through the read. I am planning to be more ruthless in DNF-ing books this year because time is so precious and there are so many good books out there.

6. What is one book you recommend to people?
That would be The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Okay, I’d recommend one more because The God of Small Things is not everyone’s cup of tea. Blankets by Craig Thompson is a graphic novel that everyone would love. And I mean it when I say ‘everyone’

7. Where can we find you?
Instagram is where I usually hang out and put up daily updates about reading, creativity and other things in life – @thebooksatchel. You can also find me on my blog The Book Satchel where I enthusiastically go on long rambles about the books I love. Or tweet me on Twitter where I often talk about Instagram tips, reading and so on.
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