To our utter horror we found termites in the cartons of books while sorting out the books. Though the damage was minimal to most of the books and confined to couple of cartons, Dr. S. Rhadakrishnan and Zac Poonen were the most affected (covers are eaten up by termites!). Lucky for us we found it soon enough to stop the spreading. I suspect dampness in the balcony during the rains as the culprit.

Books spread on the floor

Books spread on the floor

Now we have checked all the books one by one and spread it in the hall to get rid of dampness. A wonderful spectacle of all the books on the floor!

As for the cartons which termites had eaten, they were burned up. Now we have to do some pest control.

Burned up

Burned up

There is some blessing in disguise. The lack of space in Mumbai allowed me to open only one carton at a time. But today I was able to see all my books together out of cartons.