Shelf Aware: A Love Affair With Books

V.R. Ferose


BIBLIOPHILIA: A perfectly acceptable addiction marked by obsessive reading, aggressive book-sniffing and strategic hoarding.

For as long as Ferose, a San Francisco-based techie and ‘gently mad’ bibliophile, has understood books, he has devoured them with the unmitigated enthusiasm of a toddler on a sugar rush. For him, reading has been more than a weekend pursuit or a hobby on steroids. It has been a lifestyle – generously peppered with serendipitous first edition finds and deliberate in-store title hunting – of which he kept meticulous notes.

In this intimate and refreshingly honest essay collection – illustrated by artists on the autism spectrum – Ferose professes his undying love for books and elaborates on his relationship with the life-affirming act of reading. Enthusiastically noting titles that carry scribbles in the neglected margins to gushing over one-of-a-kind collectibles, he delves into his varied picks, bringing his most formative bookish adventures to readers.

Part memoir and part fascinating study of the quiet, fulfilling act of reading and collecting books, this joyous meld of anecdotes and recollections explores the sweeping genius of books and storytelling, and how they continually refine our collective conscience.


  • Classification : Essay Collection
  • Pub Date : NOV 10, 2023
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 240
  • Binding : HB
  • ISBN : 9789357312493
  • Price : INR 899

V.R. Ferose

V.R. Ferose is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation, a Bengaluru-based nonprofit that aims to bring inclusion to the forefront in all sectors across India. He has co-authored several bestsellers, most notably The Invisible Majority: India’s Abled Disabled, Gifted: Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities, and the GRIT series. Ferose has been included in various international lists of significance, such as ‘India’s Top 40 under 40’ in 2014 by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart, and was conferred ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2012 by the World Economic Forum. He currently heads the SAP Academy for Engineering in San Ramon and writes the bi-weekly column ‘Flyleaf’ for The New Indian Express. A passionate bibliophile, he has over three thousand rare books in his collection and is a member of The Grolier Club. In June 2023, he joined the board of the California publishing house Heyday Books.

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