Bought a book on Servlets and a 5-issue compilation of Amar Chitra Katha titles on Birbal! It's been so many years since I last laid my hands on Amar Chitra Katha, a magazine I used to voraciously read as a child. Many a plead to Dad to accompany him to the market was inspired by the prospect of finding a new issue of the magazine which appeared fortnightly (although I wouldn't count the passing days). And when the issue did surface, there was only one thing to do: buy it!
The fun hasn't diminished one bit in all these years, although that special feeling is gone. Dad's no more and I need not wait for a fortnight to buy the new issues since a huge archive is now available at Landmark. Still, there was more fun in the fortnightly wait and mounting suspense.
One issue I waited for a long time but never found was The Gita. The friendly competition that a friend and I used to have over the number of issues bought was implicitly a race towards possessing this untimate issue...and it evaded us till the very end. At last, I did discover it today! Alas, it wasn't in English!
I intend to build an archive of these evergreen issues of Amar Chitra Katha in the months and years ahead. And I'll be as fiercely possessive of them as I ever was. But I'll miss Dad's inimitable narration this time.