Best of times
I’ve been asked to be on a panel of writers and reviewers that decides on the best books of the decade by Indian writers. There are supposed to be two lists: one for fiction and poetry; and one for non-fiction. I can’t give away too much at the moment. So more later on how we squabbled and fought for our own choices. And, once the list is published, I shall post the link here.
But this whole business got me thinking. We are in the last month of the last year of the first decade of the new millennium. Why not ask you, dear readers, to nominate your best books of the decade by Indian writers? You could have a consolidated one if you like; or, you could have separate ones for fiction and non-fiction. Go on. Give it a shot. There is nothing like a list to set off a discussion.
And while we are on the subject of lists, the Guardian, a newspaper that is methodically compiling its own list of best books of the decade (and it is a staggering endeavour; it is going year by year), has also raised the possibility of a list of the worst books of the decade.
Come on, why don’t you do that too? It might be good fun.