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‘What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct, and elevate. This book wouldn’t elevate a cow… All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading “the best hundred books”, you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change.’

The heat wave is upon us. In its first summer outlook for the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the entire country will experience higher than normal temperatures, that could be harsher than 2015. One could either despair about it or deal with it, well the idle way.

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is a book of essays and observations by one of the finest humorists of all time. Jerome K. Jerome has delighted readers over generations, and this masterpiece of his has remained a classic since it was first published in 1886.

Writing on a whimsically diverse range of topics—on being idle (‘It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do’); on memory (‘That is just the way with Memory; nothing that she brings to us is complete’); on being hard up (‘Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting’); on being in love (‘Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it. Also, like the measles, we take it only once’)— Jerome dedicated the book to his friend and companion in idleness: his pipe.

It was his second published book and helped establish him as a leading English humorist. But though widely considered one of his better works, and in spite of using the same style as Three Men in a Boat, it was never as popular as the latter. A second "Idle Thoughts" book, The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow, was published in 1898.

Now part of the Speaking Tiger Ruskin Bond Selections, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is a book for all seasons, and comes especially recommended for idle holidays. Especially, when the heat outside is unbearable, and there’s nothing but to idle around inside the house.

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow | Jerome K. Jerome | Speaking Tiger | Non-fiction| Paperback | Rs 179.00

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