As a student of literature in the classroom, as a teacher of literature and also as a book critic, there is one common thing that I have always been doing – practising literary criticism. A student has to attempt a critical explanation, appreciation or analysis of given lines, extracts or stanzas. As a teacher (whatever position you are occupying – a professor, a tutor or an independent teacher), you have to analyse a literary text before you can actually teach that to your students. Likewise, as a book critic, one has to go through volumes to find the critical highs and lows. So, my business with words has always been landing me on a plain where I have to indulge in the practice of literary criticism again and again. The question that many students and friends have asked me is what form of literary criticism is the most applicable form from a student’s and a professor’s point of view. Well, the one-line answer is – it’s always a practical form of criticism with the close reading method that works the best.