To be looked at rather than read? t2 plucks some Coffee-table books to do both
- Published 22.11.17
A large, expensive, lavishly illustrated book, intended especially for casual reading’ is how Oxford Dictionaries describes the coffee-table book. Well, the ones we’ve got here will eat up quite a bit of your time. Get your cup of coffee and settle down!
Fans of ’60s and ’80s music, choose between Bob Dylan: All the Songs (Hachette India, 704 pages), a tribute to the singer-songwriter by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon, and The Rolling Stones in the Beginning (Mitchell Beazley, 320 pages) by Danish photographer Bent Rej, who documented the iconic band in the 1960s. The former tells the stories behind all of Dylan’s tracks and the latter is a collection of rare images from The Rolling Stones’s Scandinavian tour, making both a collector’s delight. Rs 2,999 for the book on Bob Dylan @ Starmark; Rs 3,520 for the book on Rolling Stones @ Oxford Bookstore
Days in the Wild: Journey into the World of India’s Wildlife (Bee Books, 272 pages) by conservationist Biswajit Roy Chowdhury and On Safari: The Tiger and the Baobab Tree (Om Publications, 232 pages) by wildlife enthusiast Babi Nobis will both make you earn your safari stripes. Rs 1,999 for Days in the Wild @ Starmark; Rs 3,995 for On Safari @ Oxford Bookstore
Paris: Portrait of a City and London: Portrait of a City (both by Taschen, 572 and 576 pages, respectively) are collectibles on the two great cities located across the Channel, featuring glossy images from some of the most iconic locations.
Rs 3,959 each @ Oxford Bookstore.
Picturing Time: The Greatest Photographs of Raghu Rai (Aleph Book Company, 192 pages) is a smaller version of a larger original that captures the master lensman’s 50-year journey. Rs 1,999 @ Story
From the Beckham brood comes the oldest son, Brooklyn, with his What I See (Penguin, 304 pages) featuring photographs of, well, what he saw, including his famous parents, David and Victoria Beckham and his siblings, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. Rs 999 @ Starmark
History buffs can pick up The Unforgettable Maharajas with text by E. Jaiwant Paul (Roli Books, 276 pages), a gorgeous compilation of 150 years of photography representing the stately maharajas and their Cartier-wearing wives. Royal Palaces of India by Tarun Chopra (Prakash Book Depot, 296 pages) is an insight into the opulence of the royal residences. Daniells’ India: Views from the Eighteenth Century (Niyogi Books, 184 pages) is for those looking for time travel. This visual treasure trove reproduces prints of paintings by Thomas and William Daniells from their travels across the country, circa 1700. Rs 5,000 for The Unforgettable Maharajas @ Oxford Bookstore; Rs 3,500 for The Royal Palaces of India and Rs 6,000 for Daniells’ India @ Story
Oxford Bookstore: 17 Park Street; Story: 8 Elgin Road; Starmark: Quest, Syed Amir Ali Avenue
Text: Anannya Sarkar
Pictures: Koushik Saha