If, like us, you love reading, then, like us, you most likely have an array of books lying on your bookshelves, untouched, unread and uncared for. The Japanese even have a word for this—Tsundoku, the art of buying books and never reading them. Books bought in a fit of enthusiasm but eventually lost among the daily din of what has become a much-cluttered life.

This clutter takes many forms.

There’s the obvious: in all probability you have 10 tabs open on your browser, prompts for 12 unread emails, 15 WhatsApp notifications and sundry other alerts clamouring for your attention at this very moment.