“This is the end. Hold your breath and count to ten.” Okay, enough with the Adele impersonation. But yes, we’ve reached the end of the series. Last, but not the least, is our dear bookhad Siddharth, who we fondly call Jay. And Jay it shall be.

Reader Bio: Jay’s name is Siddharth. Yes, it is. He is crisp, when he says, “I am not the self-proclaimed Sly one. But I have gotten used to that.”

Jay, imagine you’re Watson, and Sherlock says to you, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” what would be your comeback?
😐 K.

If you could rename your favorite book, what would you name it as?
I would not do that to my favourite book. But I would definitely kill for Shantaram to be called something else. Something better. More profound. Lemme thinkkkkkkk.

In your opinion, if Gandalf and Dumbledore dueled with only words as their ammunition, who would be a clear winner?
Gandalf, The White One.

What are you currently reading?
Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan

Which, according to you, is:

Best book you’ve read this year:
Besides re-reading The Godfather, I would definitely say Return of the King by William Dalrymple.
Worst book you’ve read this year:
Something by Ravi Subramanium. Just did not want to waste the opportunity to pick up something.
Book that you resolved to read this year, but did not:
Foucault’s Pendulum. I think that should be true for the last two years.
Most overrated writer:
Ashwin Sanghi
Most underrated writer:
Vikas Swarup
Best book-movie adaptation:
Without a doubt, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Worst book-movie adaptation:
I am spoilt for choice here. I think there is a stiff competition between Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban and Eragon

Suppose you woke up morning and were turned into Paulo Coelho, what would you do?
Nothing. I would just be amazed at my ability to come up such amazingly profound stuff. Oh wait. I could definitely get into Visual Art for that one day.

If you had to recommend a book by quoting only a single line from it, what would it be? (Not a paragraph, not a snippet, only a line.)
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – Digital Fortress

You are lost in your city at night and you bump into Shakespeare smoking a cigarette. What do you say to him?
Nothing. I would have absolutely nothing intelligent to say. Just a smile would come over me.

Give one word/phrase for:

  • Sherlock Holmes: Elementary
  • Fan-Fiction or Sequels: Not into that kinda shiz. But hey if you know something good, I am always up for it .
  • Mowgli: Hahahahahaha 😀
  • French Revolution: Let them eat cake.
  • Legolas or Dobby: What one must strive to be, in terms of skill. (For Legolas)
  • Revolution by the Pen: The Preamble to the Constitution of India
  • Faithful Sidekick: My own head
  • Bookhad: Madhouse 😀

A (book) quote that you would like to part with…
“There is no right and wrong. There is just the consequence of your action. Just all gray.” – You will find it published in my next book. Advance mein autograph lelo.

P.S.: Don’t show this to the Grammar Nazi. She will stop talking to me for the ghatiya punctuations and angrezi.

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And that’s it folks! Do let us know what you think of this interview and this series. You can follow Jay’s superb pictures on Instagram at @jaysiddharth.

Check out our previous interviews if you haven’t already. To every one who agreed to be a part of the Bookhad Spotlight — Utkarsha, TameSheWolf, Vaishnavi, Anuja, Aroop, Aamil, Asim, Anaghaa, Ameya, Utsav, Bushra, and Jay — thank you!

To our readers, until next time, cheers!

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