30 June 2005

Book find..

Yesterday , during the sleepy-post-lunch time in office, I sneaked out to crossword...(ofcourse I worked late in the eve) ..spending an hour browsing the book section is much more pleasurable than looking bleary-eyed, blank-mind at the monitor and counting the minutes till you can go get a coffee...because I have this irrational logic that coffee right after lunch is not a good thing(though strictly speaking..its never that, a good thing I mean ..but paah! ).. and so I pace myself to how much time I can put between ...before I succumb...

So ..neway..at Crossword I found 2 books that I was looking for...rather anticipating ..awaiting..
  • My Name is Red , Orhan Pamuk
  • Remains of the day , Kazuo Ishiguro

I also picked a book by Hanif Kureshi.. I have read his 'Buddha of Suburbia' and liked it..its a thin book , but costliest of the three !

Also picked up 2 exorbitant tickets (150 bucks each ) for 'Sarkar' , friday evening.. and whats the excuse - Inox will be charging us more for 'Big Budget - aka Big B' movies...dont they realise they are not the only players around now...!

29 June 2005

while(!Coffee) _Panic()

  • Why did the Sysadmin cross the road? To get coffee, why else would one be outside?
  • The Ultimate office automation: Networked Coffee Machines
  • The perfect morning: coffee, surfing, and cold pizza.
  • RISING.SUN detected : (A)nother coffee, (C)old shower, (S)leep?
  • Instant Programmer: Just add caffeine
  • I'm on a low-fat, high stress diet .... coffee and fingernails.
  • if( pot.coffee == EMPTY ) { programmer->;brain = OFF };
  • hiGhEr bRAiN malFUnCtiON ... inSERt COFfEe.
  • Flow Chart : A graphic of the fastest route to the coffee machine.
  • DISCLAIMER: This mail was answered before my first coffee.
  • Deja Brew: The feeling that you've had this coffee before.
  • The Goddess Loves You! Just don't push it till she's had her coffee!
  • Just bring me my coffee, and s-l-o-w-l-y back away.
  • There is no such thing as sleep deprivation, there's only caffeine deficiency.
  • Grounds for divorce :
    1453 - Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her
    husband if he fails to provide her with her daily coffee quota.
  • Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.
  • Everybody should believe something, I believe I'll have more coffee.
  • Drink your coffee strong and black, you'll never be latte!
  • Don't laugh at the coffee. Some day you, too, may be old and weak.
  • Chocolate, men, coffee - some things are better rich.
  • A morning without coffee is like something without ... something else

28 June 2005


for someone who put me on her blogroll ... a first :-)

20 June 2005

A breath of fresh air..

Over the weekend..I read this nice book..by Amulya Malladi..
I like when a book ..or a movie has nice character buildup.. and this book has that part very nicely done.. Anjali, Prakash, Sandeep.. all are so real .. you can relate to each of them..

I even recited the story to my husband.. and struggled to explain the thoughts.. the charactererization..which you can do/see in the written word...
Books are definitely the best medium.. even movies cannot build a person..or the motive behind his actions..as good as a book can...
I used to think .. action is best left to movies...but look at Robert Ludlum... his novels can keep us gripped over all the 400, 500+ pages and how ..
Look at Harry Potter... powerful imagination at its best.. you dont need the visuals to get involved in HPs world of magic...evil...sorcery..

Oh well..
Some other Amulya Malladi books to check out :

17 June 2005

Sketch view

Tibet, Nepal , India in this brilliant , not so usual hum-drum blog - http://padyatri.blogspot.com/ .. I really loved it..

15 June 2005


Saw 'One flew over the cuckoos nest' yesterday..
The ending is blood chilling... Seems anything can be done under banner of 'righteousness' ...

14 June 2005


As I travel this vast blog world...the literary ...the critic ..I come across certain books or authors..which pique my curiosity...
I am going to list them in a new 'Explore' section on the right hand area of this page...
Lets see where it takes us..

Please share opinions about any /all of my explore topics ..

10 June 2005

Book Tag myself

Total Number of Books I Own
>> 90, which I realise is grossly inadequate to prove me as a book lover...but ive discarded a lot of them..I have become very picky about books now..I still can read anything thats available but I do not like to keep ones which dont appeal..

Last Book I Bought
>> Enduring Love, Ian McEwan

Last Book I Read
>> Exodus , by Leon Uris...this was a long pending read...

Five Books that Mean a Lot to Me
>> Thats tough..the taste and the mood keeps on changing...at various times ive been fan of various authors..if I find one book appealing ..I try to devour either the author or the subject...
currently I am enchanted with

  • Kazuo Ishiguro works- I picked up 'Unconsoled' randomly from the library and fell in love with Ishiguro's style.. I didnt finish this...but I finished 'When we were orphans' and searching for more..
  • Sujata Massey - Im not much into detective , intrigue kind of stuff , but I like her style..I read 'The Flower Master' and 'Zen Attitude'
  • Dilbert books... they never fail to make me laugh
  • Ditto for P G Wodehouse.. newts...hahahaha
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - no other book can match its simplistic tones and wealth of character...its my all time favorite..

One book you couldn't finish reading?/the most unreadable thing you've read?

>> Nine on nine - why did I buy this one.. also Five Point Someone... really .. I have no idea why this book is on bestseller chart..

Tag five people and have them do this on their blogs:

>> I shall be biding my time on this... The blogs at which I lurk already have done this..I shall tag it when I find someone who can be tagged...

wait I found one.. amythical@blogspot.com .. how do you convey a meme to someone ???


Today, for no reason in particular.. I remember the serial 'Kashish' .. the dashing Sudesh Beri.. the delicate Malvika ..
It was 90s .. 1991 to be precise.. we were in carefree Junior college.. how we used to discuss and dissect each word..each glance..the curving steps of the college building comes in my mind..and the hushed tones..the seriousness...the rapture..good ole days !

A smile on my face

She brought it on..

09 June 2005


I couldnt move past her honest writing .. http://thisisme2005.blogspot.com/
I also picked something from her place..

How do you react?

To Positive:
1) What do you say when someone gives you a compliment?
>> A smile and a Thank You..
2) What do you yell when you are surprised?
>> If its good surprise - WOW ! bad surprise - S*&^ !
3) Do you have a hard time thanking people for doing something kind?
>> To close people - yes..

To Negative:
1) What do you do when someone close to you hurts your feelings?
>> I tell my husband..or my mom...
>> If its my husband who has hurt me..I spill it out to him sooner or later
2) Do you lie when you think you are going to get into trouble?
>> Nope
3) When someone is yelling at you, do you end up yelling too?
>> Hmm...yeah
4) How do you react to having to stand in line for a really long time?
>> Very impatiently..unless Im mentally prepared for it..or have a book with me
5) Do you use food to cope with negative events/feelings?
>> Sometimes..Then I binge on chips and chocolates..

In the Car:
1) Have you ever had to swerve to get out of a car accident?
>> No
2) What do you do when someone cuts you off?
>> Nothing
3) Have you ever had road rage?
>> Yes
4) What do you do when someone is riding your ass?
>> Let him go ahead...if he can

1) How long does it take for you to call someone back?
>> Depends..I can procastinate if I dont want to speak to that person...
2) What is the first thing that comes out of your mouth when someone calls you on the phone, after hello?
>> Whats up !
3) Do you tell people they have something stuck in their teeth when they do?
>> I might..if I am comfortable with the person..

08 June 2005


here today : http://parentingagain.blogspot.com/ .. its so heart-wrenching..what goes on in the world..

07 June 2005


As I journey the blogger-sphere through the 'Next Blog' button on right -top of this page...
I shall link the first good one that I like..

Today we have http://kathrynmagendie.blogspot.com/ .. She is a writer blogger.. lives on a hill.. goes on walks..and spins crazy thoughts..

Irish setting

I like books by Irish authors...Maeve Binchy being my favorite...
or books set in Ireland.. dont know why....
and I also like Irish Coffee.. :-)

Kill Bill Me

You are Hattori Hanzo! The brains of the operation.
Although your advice is impeccable, you are a
closed book.

Which Kill Bill Character Are you??

06 June 2005

Movies of the week

'D' - impressed by Randeep Hooda
Kung Fu Hustle - bored at the end... too much kung-fu ??

02 June 2005

Define illiterate

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

--Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave


You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!'

"Be what you would seem to be"--or if you'd like it put more simply--"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than
what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."'

That's the reason they're called lessons,' the Gryphon remarked: `because they lessen from day to day.'