The Delhi Book Fair 2017 | Book Haul

Like we all know, book fairs are all about restocking your book supply and finding the best bargains to sweeten the deal. That is the objective I had set for this trip at least, to get as many quality books at a price tag that did not sabotage my monthly budget.

I am happy to report that I was somewhat successful in achieving my goal! I went to the book fair, battled out with the best of the bibliophiles out there to get the best books from the mountains and mountains set up on display. And boy, was it a battle. But nevertheless, I survived the excursion and am proud to unveil my spoils (pardon my slight hyperbole). Here is a list of books I bought during the Delhi book fair.

The book haul will begin with the most amount of money spent to the least. This way I can feel like an organized person and maybe then overlook the total amount of money I spent at the Bookfair. Maybe.


  1. Unfinished Business by Anne Marie Slaughter

    Money spent: 150 INR
    Snippet- Anne-Marie Slaughter has returned with her vision for what true equality between men and women really means, and how we can get there. She uncovers the missing piece of the puzzle, presenting a new focus that can reunite the women’s movement and provide a common banner under which both men and women can advance and thrive.

  2. Winning at Innovation by Fernando Trias De Bes and  Philip Kotler

    Money spent: 150 INR
    The A-F Model is a step-by-step process for developing a successful culture of innovation, bringing together the different individuals and groups across the organization for ideas to be created, developed and implemented. Offering flexibility, the model allows a back and forth flow of ideas and creativity to adapt to changing circumstances. Using this model, companies can learn how to make their innovation processes more effective, more sustainable, and more successful.

  3.  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

    Money spent: 150 INR
    Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine’s job at a dive bar, they’re increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience – a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own – they sign up immediately.

  4. Larkswood by Valerie Mendes


    Money spent: 150 INR

    Snippet- Larkswood House. The very name suggests birdsong, peace, and elegance. It is home to the Hamilton children – Edward, Cynthia and Harriet – who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided.

    PS: I had never come across the blind dates with books concept in Delhi before. I have seen it across social media but not actually in person. I could not help participating in the hype.

  5. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read by Sudha Murty

    Money spent: 50 INR
    Snippet- What do you do when your grandmother asks you to teach her the alphabet? Or the President of India takes you on a train ride with him? Or your teacher gives you more marks than you deserve? This is a delightful collection of stories recounting real life incidents from the life of Sudha Murty teacher, social worker, and bestselling writer.

  6. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

    Money spent: 50 INR
    Snippet- When Dr. Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress, a routine case swiftly turns sinister. But before Tempe can get to the one man with the information she needs, he turns up dead. In Montreal, three elderly women are found murdered, their bodies brutally discarded. Even though the clues don’t add up, Tempe is certain of a link between their deaths and that of the heiress.

    PS: Who else is a fan of Bones, the tv show?

  7. The Devil’s Garden by Edward Docx

    Money spent: 50 INR
    Snippet- One stifling afternoon, a mysterious supply boat docks at a research station deep in the jungle. To Dr. Forle and his team of naturalists, its passengers are unwelcome. Ruthless, uninvited, and bringing corruption to the life of the forest, they force Forle, already a fugitive from his past, to confront his darkest impulses …

  8. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell


    Money spent: 50 INR
    Snippet- The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation not just because of his revolutionary methods but also because of his effect on the hearts of the ladies. Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own broken heart after she was forced to give up the man she loved when she was a young girl.

  9. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt


    Money spent: 50 INR
    Snippet- Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world’s most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption, and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out.

  10. Archie Comics

    Money spent: 80 INR (20 each)

    I bought as many Archie comics as I could find for 20. Archie comics symbolize trinket from my childhood that I refuse to let go.

Overall, I bought 9 books and 4 comics and spent a total of 930 INR. Not a bad day budget wise and my appetite for quality books was also fulfilled.




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Happy reading!

Bookish Brat

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2 Responses

  1. Swati Dey says:

    I am interested in a review for ‘The heart goes last’ and ‘Cranford’. Congratulations on attaining new friends. 🙂

    • editor says:

      Thank you, Swati! It is always a joy making new friends! Your requests have been listed, we will try and get the reviews up as soon as possible.

      Keep Reading,
      Team Bookish Brat

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