Books and I…

February 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm | Posted in I,me,myself n my life | 1 Comment

I had always been a voracious reader but in the last few years it has reached crazy proportions. I not just read but buy and read books. The last time I counted (around 2 years back) I had some 60 books which I had read and had with me, excluding the ones I had lent to people and never got back. 

By the way I hate lending my books because my books are as precious stones to me while for others they are just coloured pieces of glass (what a metaphor, eh!!!). I remember I had once lent my copy of Anita Nair’s Ladies Coupe to a friend of mine and on return I found it in a tattered condition with a phone number written in it (aaah)!!! Apparently, the book had passed through many hands before I got it back. Fellow ‘crazy book lovers’ can imagine the agony I went through then which I still haven’t forgotten. I resolved not to lend my books any more but it has been broken every time someone asks for a book because I just can’t refuse on the face.

I also confess to having a book I had borrowed but forgot to return. Another book lover friend of mine had lent me this book many years ago telling me I had to read this. I read it and totally forgot about it. Few years down the line I found the book among others and realised it was too late to return it (I was no longer in touch with that friend of mine).

Well, the tables were turned on me when a book I had lent to someone was totally forgotten in the course of moving cities. It was important (though all my books are important) to me as it was the English translation of the Malayalam novel Indulekha.

The latest book that I have read is Leela’s Book by Alice Albinia. It is a ‘genre-defying’ book. A family drama meets mythology meets historical fiction. I liked reading it despite certain ambiguities in the  relationship between the main characters but therein lies the beauty of the book.



January 16, 2015 at 11:16 am | Posted in I,me,myself n my life | Leave a comment

It has been more than five years since my last post and I and the world have changed, for better and worse.

I happened to read through my old posts and I realised how I had transformed into a boring-with-no-urge-to-write person. So, taking matter into my hands (literally) I have decided to make good use of my phone and type in all random thoughts that come in. That is why I title this post ‘Comeback’ like the movies where when a person acts in a movie after a long time it is called so and like the actor I would say where did I ever go to make a comeback!

Between the Assassinations

March 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Book Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
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This is Adiga’s second book which is a compilation of short stories. All these stories are based in a small town called Kittur, which is modeled on Mangalore. For those who are weak in geography and haven’t been following the news closely, Mangalore is a coastal town in Karnataka, adjacent to the Arabian Sea. It is a melting pot of various religions, languages and cultures. It is indeed a small town, the population of which consists of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, etc and they speak varied languages ranging from Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Malayalam, Urdu and a language called “Baire” or “Malabari”, which is a mix of Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu.

Why am I talking only of Mangalore? Because you cannot separate Mangalore and this book. The short stories here are of different people in that sleepy town – from a half-casteboy who explodes a bomb in his class to a quack sexologist trying to help a dying stranger. These stories map the time between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. I could relate to it more because I have lived in Mangalore. Also, this book is very much relevant in today’s context, when there are so many unwanted events happening in Mangalore. This book might give you a better perspective on the demography of the place and help you understand the present events. Kittur is like any other small town with its variety of people, its beliefs and its problems.

The book is a good read for those who like reading Indians writing about India, full of wit and keen observations.

“True Love”

September 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Posted in I,me,myself n my life, random thoughts... | 3 Comments

What is “true love”? Is there anything called “true love”? Maybe yes, maybe not, maybe I don’t know …

Definitions keep changing, meanings differ but people surely think it to be blind. Ones in love just turn blind to either each other’s faults or to everything around them.

People say love is based on trust but then there are so many for whom love is synonymous to possessiveness, which in turn is equally proportionate to doubting each and every opposite sex person your partner talks to or even looks at. Is this “true love”?

Certain of us believe in destiny. We feel there is someone out there for everyone, just waiting to come into our lives, someone who will sweep you off your feet. When they fall in love, they feel they were destined to be together – they share too many co-incidences in life. They think this is “the” one. After a year they realize that “the” one is the wrong one and that they were never meant to be. Is this then “true love”?

Love is blind, love is madness, love is the union of two hearts, etc etc etc. But does anyone really understand love?

“One word is too often profaned
For me to profane it;
One feeling too falsely disdained
For thee to disdain it…”

Mister Pip

July 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Book Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Lloyd Jones’ novel on the blockade of the 1990’s is the latest addition to the list of books that I’ve read.

This story about the young Matilda, her small island, her mother, her school, her “teacher” Mr. Watts (called Pop eye by the village folks), is an enchanting and endearing story. The story has a very unassuming start but as it slowly takes shape, you realize that you are reading a story which is impactful yet simple but not too simple so as to let you forget it easily. The story held my attention throughout and is stil fresh on my mind because of the picturesque descriptions and explanations, I could actually see what Matilda was looking at (I am not exaggerating here).

For a person who picks up books at random, I am happy that I chanced upon this book. It gave me a totally different view to Dickens’ and his Great Expectations. I had read it during my under grad but never saw it the way Lloyd Jones makes us see it through this novel.

On the whole a beautifully written, poignant story which makes you see life the way an innocent child would.


June 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Important Info | Leave a comment

This post is dedicated to people who think that I write for others or for “world peace” or something.

I think people should first try to understand what a blog is. It’s something like a diary-albeit one which can be read by others. It’s completely up to the blogger what he or she wants to write. If you like something you appreciate it and if you don’t like something, just say that it’s not good. Other than that I don’t think anyone has any right to point fingers out here (and not on my blog by any chance).

To make it clear once again, I am not writing for others. This is my way of just jotting down things which come to my mind. If anyone doesn’t like it, they can just stop reading it, I am no way going to stop anyone from doing so. But please stop posting stupid comments on my blog. At the end of the day, that is what it is-MY BLOG.

sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab ahista-ahista

March 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Posted in my favourite ghazals | 8 Comments

sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab ahista-ahista
nikalta aa raha hai aftab ahista-ahista

javaan hone lage jab woh to ham se kar liya parda
haya yak lakht aayi aur shabaab ahista-ahista

shab-e-furkat ka jaaga hoon farishton ab to sone do
kabhi fursat mein kar lena hisab ahista-ahista

savaal-e-vasl par un ko uduu kaa Khauf hai itna
dabe honthon se dete hain jawaab ahista ahista

hamare aur tumhare pyar mein bas farq hai itna
idhar to jaldi jaldi hai udhar ahista ahista

woh bedardi se sar kaate ‘Ameer’ aur main kahoon un se
huzoor ahista-ahista janab ahista-ahista…  

Mother tongue influence-2

March 14, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Posted in I,me,myself n my life, News and Views | 2 Comments

Have realized lot of people want to know more about “mother tongue influence”.

 What is MTI? It is the influence of the accent of your mother tongue on the accents of other languages you speak, esp English. And it is a common problem that people face. None of us can speak proper South England English and I don’t think that would serve any purpose. The basic intention of any language is to communicate and to get our ideas across. For that mutual intelligibility is more than enough.

You need to know good English and should be able to communicate properly. When you talk, the other person should be able to understand what you are talking. But we still need to have good knowledge of the English language today. So, what do we do for that? The ancient method of reading still holds good. Read books, if you don’t have the patience to read books, read newspapers. It would improve your English as well as keep you informed. Another thing which you should do is talk to people in English. Don’t bother what others might think and there are many who wouldn’t laugh at you but would try to help you correct your English. I know it’s a little difficult when you aren’t sure if you sound right. But you want to speak good English and only you can make an effort towards it, no one else. If anyone wants to know anything, my blog is open to questions. Would be glad to help anyone 🙂

क्षण भर को क्यों प्यार किया था?

November 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm | Posted in random thoughts... | 1 Comment

A poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan for people who have loved and lost…



क्षण भर को क्यों प्यार किया था?

अर्द्ध रात्रि में सहसा उठकर,
पलक संपुटों में मदिरा भर,
तुमने क्यों मेरे चरणों में अपना तन-मन वार दिया था?
क्षण भर को क्यों प्यार किया था?

‘यह अधिकार कहाँ से लाया!’
और न कुछ मैं कहने पाया –
मेरे अधरों पर निज अधरों का तुमने रख भार दिया था!
क्षण भर को क्यों प्यार किया था?

वह क्षण अमर हुआ जीवन में,
आज राग जो उठता मन में –
यह प्रतिध्वनि उसकी जो उर में तुमने भर उद्गार दिया था!
क्षण भर को क्यों प्यार किया था?

SpiralFrog being launched

September 18, 2007 at 4:36 pm | Posted in News and Views | 2 Comments, a site supported by ads, which would provide free music and video download, is being launched in U.S. and Canada. This site would pay a certain percentage of their ad revenue to record companies and in turn, would be a legal downloading site. This is being done in view of reducing the popularity of illegal sharing and downloading sites.

So, what are the pros and cons of such a site???


  1. A legal way of downloading
  2. Reduction in piracy
  3. No threats of adwares or spywares
  4. You cannot post copies or videos taken from SpiralFrog


  1. You need to register on to this site and if you don’t login every month, whatever you have downloaded gets locked and you can’t play it.
  2. Not compatible with Apple’s Mac or Ipod.
  3. Universal Music group is the only major label that has licensed its music to SpiralFrog.
  4. So, right now only around 800,000 tracks and 3,500 music videos (though they are planning to increase that number in sometime).

Don’t know if a Pro or Con:

  1. Doesn’t allow the user to burn tracks onto a CD.
  2. The tracks carry copy protections, like iTunes, etc.
  3. Users are allowed to copy their downloads to no more than two portable music players or compatible mobile phones at one time.

There are also other issues which the site might face. For example, how many users would actually go through the ads? Would the ads generate any revenue? Another setback for the site is the delay in its launch (it was supposed to be launched by the end of 2006). Apart from all that the users of this site would be music lovers, who would want a hassle-free and faster way to download. So, it’s for us to decide whether sites like these are meant to stay or not.

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