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Of books, bookshelves and nostalgic memories | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
“What do you want for your birthday?” This is a delightful question I go crazy answering every year. Depending on who it is coming from, the answers naturally vary. Usually, my first thought is—I have everything. What could I possibly want? This is a good thing, and my Mom thought it was a great attitude. But after that first thought, there is always a jumble of thoughts flooding in. Lots of people have asked me this question over the years, and this year, it has become just two—my son and husband. Again, I had some thinking to do as I really can’t figure out what I want. Yes, “want,” because my folks get annoyed when I think of “need”. I guess, over the years, I’ve focused more on what we need as a family. After a long phone call with my son, once again, I mulled over what I wanted. One recurring theme I recognized over the past few years was something to do with books. For at least three birthdays in the past ten years, I’ve bought bookshelves. And this year, history must repeat itself because we need two more, what with our growing collection. We do have a …