Ira's story

Published: Aug 26, 2010, 10:37 IST | Payal Kamat |

If she's feeling low, starlet Ira Dubey picks up one of Bertie Wooster's hilarious misadventures or reads a few pages of Wodehousian comical mastery.

If she's feeling low, starlet Ira Dubey picks up one of Bertie Wooster's hilarious misadventures or reads a few pages of Wodehousian comical mastery. A well-read girl, Ira reveals her love for reading to CS:

Wonder years

I come from a family of academics. My dada was with the civil service, but both my dada and dadi are respected Hindi novelists. And my nana, an engineer, loved Shakespeare. My dad introduced me to Pablo
Neruda when I was ten years old; his poem 'To the Foot, from its Child' was an essential part of my adolescent years.



Personal choice

In school, I'd finish a book a day and would daily visit my neighbourhood library in Delhi. But as I went from school to college, majoring in theatre studies at Yale University in the USA, reading moved from pleasurable fiction by choice to course reading and frighteningly long lists of 'suggested reading' material for my various classes. However, through it all, I still nurtured my very own set of favourites.

John Irving's The World According to Garp was more pivotal in my growing years than a Fountainhead, as much as I liked the latter. Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains an all time favourite, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream, Toni Morrison's Tar Baby are classics to me.

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