Around the World in 80 Days
Day 30: 24 October
After a breakfast of paw-paw, fresh pineapple juice and brown toast I nose around the hotel. There is a pool and a small bookstore called Giggles, which doesn't sound promising but is a treasure trove inside. Though only the size of a couple of cupboards it seems to contain a comprehensive selection of all the latest novels, but the chatty, intelligent lady who runs it is still not satisfied. 'I'm after them every day for Bonfire Of The Vanities, and every day they let me down.' She will stock The Satanic Verses. 'After the elections the ban will be lifted. It's all so political.' I ask her why she called the place Giggles.
'Because I started it for a giggle,' she replies very seriously.
I buy Ellman's Oscar Wilde biography, a Ruth Prawer Jhabwala and a J. L. Carr novel, A Season in Sinji.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 30
- Date: 24 October
- Country/sea: India
- Place: Madras
- Book page no: 104
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