Read full essay at Outlook.
“Even with help from my partner, it took me two full days to unpack and arrange my books. While surveying them in the process of writing this article, I couldn’t help but wonder why some books were placed here and not there, why have I purchased the same book twice, why have I not yet opened some books, why have I not yet finished the books I have opened, why are there some books still on the market and not on my shelf… The book collecting passion is not just a “chaos of memories” as Benjamin said; it is also a chaos of the future. Gaps in my bookracks gape at me, demanding to be filled. The last book to be added to my philosophy shelf and thereby filling it was Leszek Kolakowski’s Is God Happy? And now, I need to create more space for future philosophy books without disturbing the order that I have established. Or maybe I will introduce a little anarchy…”
Shelf Alpha Prime: Philosophy Classics
More Philosophy, More Sartre
Academic Literature: South Asian History, Subaltern Studies, Caste and Cinema
Marxism and Psychoanalysis – What a Combination!
Assorted Stuff – Hope to Categorize Soon
More Assorted Stuff
Shelf Prime 2: Literary Classics
More Literary Classics
Mostly Contemporary Stuff, Mostly Llosa and Marquez
Omega Shelf: Dont want to open this much
Postcolonial Shelf (Dont ask me why there is more Sartre here)
Broadly, Social and Economic Justice. Broadly.
War, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
Photocopied Books – Critique of Dialectical Reason is here!
Tamil and Indian Literature (I know I need more)
So So Fiction Works
Penguin Great Ideas and More Hardbound
Lol. Darwin is in Go(o)d Company
Love, Sex, and Freud
More Love: In Fiction and Poetry (and one more Penguin special edition).
Biographies, Historical Works, and Stalin
Drama and More Literature
Pleasure Reading, and Pleasure Stuff