Time Capsule

If I was to summarize the past few days, it’d be a very long post. So I thought I’d just collage it all up here for posterity but not delve into the details, and hope that when I do turn senile, the collage will help me recollect the memories. Here goes:

Shopping. Dry cleaning. Email wars. Gifts. One important presentation. Staying up all night after a really long time. Laziness. Last minute packing. Saris. Missed flight. Long airport wait. Books. Bangalore. Durga Puja. Food. Family. Festivities. Dancing. Music. Glorious food. Sleeping in. Holiday extension. Vacation planning. Early morning flights. Exhaustion.

Meanwhile, there’s been no update on the work scene. I’m just twiddling my thumbs till I hear more.

In the midst of all this though, I managed to squeeze in my answers to a tag i.e. The Book Tag. Wanted to post this on FB as that’s where I was tagged, but I prefer the blog. Read and take it up, if it catches your fancy… it’s kinda long, but much more fun than the what-are-you-wearing-right-now type tags 🙂

Warning: My take on the tag is going to involve a great deal of modern Indian fiction. I’ve been in an experimental phase reading new Indian authors, and have loved it for the most part

  1. Favorite childhood book? The Five Find-Outers series and The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton
  2. What are you reading right now? Aftertaste by Namita Devidayal and Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
  3. Bad book habit? – Reading in inadequate light, and mercilessly destroying the spines of paperbacks
  4. Do you have an e-reader? – Nope, but I’m accepting donations for a Kindle
  5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? One book at a time. At most, I read two at the same time. I think of it as cheating on the book I picked up first.
  6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Yes, because I’ve gotten to know a whole bunch of like-minded people and that helps with reviews
  7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? Not one for chick lit, so I disliked Almost Single by Advaita Kala
  8. Favorite book you’ve read this year? A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. A monolithic multi-tonner, but so worth it. I can’t believe I let the length of the book dissuade me for so long.
  9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not very often. Definitely never without a recommendation.
  10. What is your reading comfort zone? Indian fiction, Comedies, History
  11. Can you read on the bus? Any place
  12. Favorite place to read? In the car
  13. What is your policy on book lending? No dog-earing and at some point in time, returning them.
  14. Do you ever dog-ear books? Never. Pet peeve.
  15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? No.
  16. Not even with text books? Only in pencil.
  17. What is your favorite language to read in? English is the only language I read in. Originals translated to English too. Can read Punjabi but the speed and vocabulary is abysmal.
  18. What makes you love a book? Story/ Concept, Humour, Detailing, Quirky analogies
  19. What will inspire you to recommend a book? A compelling story
  20. Favorite genre? If it’s a genre, Indian fiction lately.
  21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) – Fantasy Fiction.
  22. Favorite biography? Two Lives by Vikram Seth. Heart-warming and beautiful. Also going to read Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh soon (autobiography, but still)
  23. Have you ever read a self-help book? What do you know, I have! Some of them can be good fun if they don’t take themselves too seriously. If Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) can be classified as one, it’s the best example of how they should be done.
  24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? One Amazing Thing by Chitra Devakaruni Banerjee. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri were good reads too, though not necessarily inspirational.
  25. Favorite reading snack? Never thought about this, but mostly potato chips. Obesity explained?
  26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience – Got some serious hard-sell for Shantaram. I liked it, but it did seem contrived in parts.
  27. How often do you agree with critics about a book? I don’t read critic book reviews. I don’t trust Shelfari reviews either. Go by the blurb or by recommendations from friends/bloggers I know.
  28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? There are very few I have negative reviews to share for, and I think those are well-deserved.
  29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? I’d love to read in French, Punjabi (I can, but not fluently) and Bangla (in that order).
  30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Paperweight by Stephen Fry. It’s supposed to be funny, but the many unrecognizable cultural references and incredibly long sentences kept me from enjoying it.
  31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? LOTR. Yes, I haven’t read it. Yes, you may shoot me now.
  32. Favorite Poet? Not a poetry fan at all, but from whatever little I’ve read, WB Yeats, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash and Vikram Seth for Golden Gate.
  33. Favorite fictional character? Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye, any given day
  34. Favorite fictional villain? None
  35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Funny ones or short story collections  
  36. The longest I’ve gone without reading – A year and a half
  37. Name a book that you could/would not finish– The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi. Loved his first (The Last Song of Dusk) but this one convinced me that some authors have just one book in them.
  38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Real life
  39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Godfather, The Kite Runner
  40. Most disappointing film adaptation? In recent times, Aisha as an adaptation of Emma. Oh, the agony!
  41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? Approximately 2K
  42. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Almost always. Read a random paragraph somewhere.
  43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? A wavering storyline and sweeping clichés
  44. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes
  45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Always keep them but do lend
  46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? LOTR and Harry Potter. I just can’t bring myself to read them.
  47. Name a book that made you angry – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan. Like I said, I’m not into chick-lit but this was unexpectedly witty.
  49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, apart from The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
  50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Anything Vikram Seth, Anything Wodehouse


Well, that’s that.. And how’ve you been? How was Pujo / Dussehra / Navratri / Kanjak?


22 thoughts on “Time Capsule

  1. I love the short way u put up about ur past few days. I love the way single words mean a complete sentence as you read them!!

    As for the tag, I m doing it right away!! 🙂

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  3. I found Midnight’s Children intimidating – couldn’t move beyond a few pages. I am always daunted by the thickness of A Suitable Boy but after so many positive review, will pick it up :)Same pinch with LOTR and HP series. Vikram Seth is one of my favorite poets too. Now I must do this tag 😀

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