Insult to Injury

We were in a little bit of a rush, but I wanted to go into the store “real quick.” After some haggling, I was allowed to go, subject to some rules (but, of course). The instructions were fairly clear:

Come back in 10 minutes.

Just buy the ones you want, don’t just stand there gawking.

I hurried in, and headed straight for the information counter. A winsome girl gave me smile just as winsome – but I remembered the second rule and asked her in my best business-like tone,

“I’m looking for a book called Never Let Me Go.”



“Sorry. Don’t have that author.”


“What about Smith, Z-a-d-i-e?”

“Book name?”

“On Beauty.”

Taps on keyboard, “Yes, we have.”

One out of two isn’t too bad.

“Ok, where is it?”

“No stock.”

“What does ‘we have’ mean?”

“Have in database.”

Damn. I start to walk out disappointed – not smart to sign up to review two books at Veena’s Booker Mela without checking for availability. Just then, the girl calls me,



“We currently have a sale. 25% discount on all Danielle Steel books.”

I wanted to thank her for rubbing it in, but my ten minutes were up.

3 thoughts on “Insult to Injury”

  1. Lovely post. Talking of spouses & bibliophiles, a lady blogger recently raised this controversial question – ‘If you could replace your husband with a book, which one would it be?’ It started off a flurry of posts & comments, and here’s the best response I’ve read yet. In case you haven’t already seen this, I beg you to print this out & frame it, or something!
    From J.A.P (LOVE him!) Look for the entry titled “No Contest?”

    Looks like the world’s large enough for bibiliophiles and husbands and wives ;)Happy reading 🙂

    and apologies to Lavanya 😉

  2. JAP is one of my favorites too.. that was an awesome post that you pointed me to.

    BTW, off topic, but have you read this? Hilarious!

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