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Toast to friendship: 6 books you can gift your best buddy!

By Team P&P

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

It’s Friendship Day! Celebrate the bond you share with your best friends by gifting them a book.

We have compiled a list of six must-haves that aren’t your run-of-the-mill books on friendship, but will leave you happy and content nonetheless.   Continue reading “Toast to friendship: 6 books you can gift your best buddy!”


Good reads: Pour over these 10 books this monsoon

Team P&P

Every thing looks a little more green, a little more fresh, every time it rains, does it not? Often romanticized (and why not!?), monsoon makes for an ideal backdrop to leave worldly problems behind, and curl up with a book and a cup of steaming hot drink.

We bring you a list of 10 books that you can read (and buy) while enjoying the soft pitter-patter of raindrops. Continue reading “Good reads: Pour over these 10 books this monsoon”

300 books and counting: Read like Rory Gilmore!

By Team P&P

Netflix announced a reboot of Gilmore Girls, and we are rejoicing! We cannot wait to know more about Rory, and some of us are rejoicing because we might just get to see more of her books! As would be clear to anybody who has seen the show, Rory Gilmore loves her books. She has read over 300 books during the seven year run of the show. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  5. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  7. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  9. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  10. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  11. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  12. Atonement by Ian McEwa
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Emma by Jane Austen
  15. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  18. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  19. Brick Lane by Monica Ali



And the list goes on for quite a long while, don’t forget to add them to your to-read list! This summer, give yourself some respite and grab any of these books at discounted rates here.

Happy reading, everyone!


400 years of Shakespeare’s death: All the world’s his stage

By Team P&P

April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s death. With 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 5 narrative poems to his credit, Shakespeare is remembered for both, his staggering work ethic and remarkable understanding of human nature.

As Ben Jonson wrote in his eulogy, printed in the preface to the First Folio: ‘He was not of an age, but for all time!’

Friends, Romans, countrymen, here are some of our favourite lines by The Bard… Continue reading “400 years of Shakespeare’s death: All the world’s his stage”

World Book Day: In books we travel, within ourselves and beyond

By Team P&P

Imagine a lazy rainy evening, a hot steaming mug of coffee, that book you’ve been craving for since forever and your favourite spot on the couch. Perfect, isn’t it?

Recall that sense of exhilaration, that adrenaline rush you feel when you enter a book store and can’t decide which book to pick first. And later, when you come out of the book store, your hands heavy because of all the books you just purchased and even though you spent a bomb on it, you are now the proud owner of them forever and ever and those books will now faithfully sit on your bookshelf for the rest of your life bringing a dreamy, hopeful gleam to your eyes and an inexplicable grin to your face.

Today, let’s celebrate the magical world of books, our best critics and our best companions… Continue reading “World Book Day: In books we travel, within ourselves and beyond”

10 beautiful instances from literature that will bring out the romantic in you

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
JD Salinger, A Girl I Knew

Love- A feeling that transcends religion, geography, and time… Love- An emotion that connects people across eras…Love- A word that stirs inexplicable mixed emotions in you.

Literature across ages and languages has tried to depict and capture this emotion in its various forms- raw, intense, painful, gentle, loathsome, joyful…

We list 10 such beautiful instances. Leave everything you’re doing and lose yourselves… Continue reading “10 beautiful instances from literature that will bring out the romantic in you”

Jhumpa Lahiri to Nadeem Aslam: Literary works that deal with identity

Have you ever experienced that moment where you fail to define an apparently simple word?  It’s quite a common occurrence for a lot of people.

One such word that has been stuck in our heads and conversations since morning is Identity! Continue reading “Jhumpa Lahiri to Nadeem Aslam: Literary works that deal with identity”

It’s All Yellow: Pen and Parchment for Second-hand Books Online

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By Rini Sinha

Ten-Second Takeaway
Pen and Parchment is a website, started by four ex-Delhi University students, that delivers second-hand books in good condition to your doorstep. Continue reading “It’s All Yellow: Pen and Parchment for Second-hand Books Online”

Browsing for bargains

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By Swati Daftuar

Two online platforms with two different stories and a common love for books

When one website shuts, another opens –– not entirely correct, as far as idioms go, but certainly true in this particularly situation. Continue reading “Browsing for bargains”

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