The fifty pieces that make up this collection have been culled from five years? worth of the hugely popular fortnightly column, ?All Things Considered?, which have been appearing in The Assam Tribune, the premier English language daily of Assam since January 2007. Encompassing a range of subjects of contemporary interest, these fifty columns have been chosen on the basis of having generated a great deal of reader feedback over the years. Mitra Phukan?s irreverent and searching gaze dwells on a variety of incidents, characters and trends of contemporary urban life. Usually humorous, sometimes ironical or sardonic, at times poignant or thoughtful, these writings are never cynical or unkind. Even though these pieces have appeared over the years, they have a freshness of appeal because of the universality of their subjects, and the way the topics are discussed. The lively, easy-to-read style also makes it a pleasure to dip into these pages, and enjoy the pieces, a few at a time. Mitra Phukan is a writer, columnist and classical vocalist who lives in Guwahati, Assam . Her works include four children?s books, a biography, and the highly acclaimed novels, The Collector?s Wife (2005) and A Monsoon of Music (2011), both published by Penguin-Zubaan.