I read, therefore I hope: A bibliophile’s paean to bookstores, especially Delhi’s Midland Book Shop

In the first few days of the pandemic, before Zoom and broadcasting platforms sucked up most of my waking hours, I removed stickers. Small stickers in crayon-like blue, saffron, green and a sickly yellow, stubbornly stuck to the backs of books. The glue was cheap and if I managed to peel off a sticker completely at one go, I then used it to yank the sticky patches off other less successful attempts.

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