Time was, the habit was coffee and a cigarette. In the mornings, the habit was combined with the news of the day; at any other spare moment, the habit was combined with a book. That was until I discovered Sudoku, gave up cigarettes, and was beguiled by a Sri Lankan ritual called ‘bed tea’.
These days, with no pressure to get off to work on time, or take care of Ma or Papa, I indulge my three-headed habit whenever and wherever the urge arises.
No day really begins, though, till I’ve had two (two-cup) mugs of tea, played at least one game of Sudoku, and read a chapter (or a meaningful section) of one of my latest books. Though the habits are the same, the means can vary. These days Sudoku comes via my iPad (which is so much more portable than the previously ubiquitous booklet with pencils and rubbers), and so too my latest book.
The reluctant move from real books to a tech book has been gradual. It began as a means of reading anything beyond the Booker long list or airport fiction available in English in Sri Lanka, and continues due to the fact that my books languish in their boxes against the far wall of the spare room while I search for a suitable replacement for their bookcase. (I do have a Library card now though, and must put aside some time to browse the catalogue and search the shelves of our helpful (but hopelessly under-funded) library.)