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As is common, my romance with the woman who would soon become my wife started with a date. But, it was an unusual date, because we went to a bookstore rather than a coffee store or a movie. Six years into our marriage, I can safely say that it was that bookstore date that helped things click. That evening, we went to the Oxford Bookstore at Churchgate and started casually browsing through the shelves. I postured a bit by leafing through the classics and holding the books at an angle to get her attention.
I ran away from home, like David Copperfield, says Ruskin Bond
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But when I saw her reach for a juicy potboiler, I ditched the pretense and began listing all the pulp-fiction greats I’d read so far. She reciprocated by quoting one of my favourite lines from the genre. Suddenly, without trying hard, we had opened up to each other, warts and all. The date was excellent; we sat on low stools, reading excerpts from highbrow books and laughing at the pretentious prose. We ended up at the attached coffee shop, writing pithy notes in the books we’d bought each other. Love was in the air, and it smelt of books and fresh coffee.
The Internet is replete with blogs and sundry posts prescribing the bookstore date as a great ice-breaker for couples. (HT Photo)
Talking about books in the initial stages of a relationship mostly ends in a happily-ever-after. I recently discovered that what we did so organically is being institutionalized very quickly. The Internet is replete with blogs and sundry posts prescribing the bookstore date as a great ice-breaker for couples. People have come up with several fun things a couple can do on such an outing.