Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Book Challenge: Immortals of Meluha

Finished reading Immortals of Meluha. Just read the first chapter in the book and hooked up. Its a good read. Interesting and engaging.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Challenge: The curious incident of the dog in the night time.

Yay Yay. I finished reading "The curious incident of the dog in the night time".

Will update this space later with my brief review.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Another Challenge :-) Book 1: The girl who played with fire.

I'm unstoppable, I know. As soon as I failed in my previous challenge, here I'm taking up the next challange.

What this time? No blog writings.(I spare you people). I have to read 50 books in a year. As you know, I never cheat. As soon as I finished the book, I will tell you and you can keep the track of it. Ok?

The thing is half of the year is already gone. So, I'm going to read 25 books in 6 months. Starting from this month.

I have already completed one book this month. "The Girl who played with fire". I plan to write a small review as well. (That doesn't count for challenge)

And I will put the books in my side bar as soon as I finished.

Now, the review:
This is the second book in the millenium series. Fast paced and gripping . Blomkvist and Millenium are ready for another scoop with Dag and Mia. This time it is about sex trafficking. Dag and Mia are murdered before they publish it and all the evidence are against Lisbeth Salander. Police, Blomkvist and Armansky are in their own way try to discover the truth. But Salander has something else in her mind. To take revenge and to kill someone who is responsible for some horrible events that happened in her childhood. And that someone is not that easy to be found. His name is not listed in any documents anywhere in Sweden. How things turn out and what happens to salander is the rest of the story. Go for it. Recommended. But read the first part before you read this.

Currently Reading: The Curious incident of the dog in the night time.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blog marathon post: Failed Failed Failed

I'm graciously accept my failure in the attempt of writing 31 posts in 31 days even after I have slightly changed the rules. (I think that is the key reason for my failure).

And I did "things-gone-wrong" analysis. What I found is not that astonishing.

1. Laziness and procrstinating.
2. Lack of ideas
3. Since my English is not that good, it took lot of time to write a post.
4. Started reading books and hooked up to it.
5. This current shift sucks.
Am in 12-10 shift. I will be reaching 11 and will be dog tired and no way I can
think about a post and write and publish it.

Now, how to make things better.
1. Have attainable objectives.
Think of all the hurdles and blockages you may come across and have some sort of
back up plan.
2. Don't procrastinate and dont be lazy.
3. Refer point no.2
4. Refer point no.3
5. Refer point no.4

And it is not how you fall but how you get up :-)

I think this will do.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 12: Random things

Here I'm going to share some of my happy moments in the last few days.

First and Foremost:
This one blog I regularly reads. She is one hell of a writer with a magic pen, where she transforms even the mundane and boring things as an interesting read. Attention to details and great sense of humor well blended with social responsibility. Thats what she is. I like these species very much. Because they are very very rare to find. Though she respects each and every one of her readers, I somehow seem to be a fake to her. (This may be due to my old blog which is full of rubbish and whoever reads that they will think I'm a super duper fake and dull and jerk. So, this is not her fault). So, she blocked me from following her in twitter and rejected a couple of my comments from publishing. I was hurt but that didnt stop me reading her blog and the respect continue growing. And the happiest thing is, SHE PUBLISHED MY COMMENT IN HER BLOG. I'm so happy and am in cloud 9 and above that. Love you girl. :-)

2. Watched "The Karate Kid" and "The Postman". Enjoyed bothe the movies. Will write about postman later.

3. As you know, as you might have read my review of "The Girl with the dragon tatoo", I started reading books again and completed two books so far(That means in a week). One is the above mentioned and the other one is "Confessions of listmaniac" by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan. Now, reading "Disgrace" by J. M. Cootze.

4. And I'm so happy that I too got a few followers. Thank you all who follow me even after reading. (Or, did they just follow without reading anything? Coz, with their right mind, no one will follow me after reading all these, correct?)

5. My mobile is not working properly and that gives an excuse for not using it. And not using mobile feels superb. If you know what I mean :-)

Blog Marathon Post 11: The Karate Kid - Review

This movie I really enjoyed and everyone who came with me did enjoy.

I haven't seen the original version. So, I cannot compare. And I dont give a damn about whether it is better than that or not. This moive, the way it has taken works very well for me. It is not a great movie but a good movie to spend your time with.

The story is simple: Dre Parker's mother has to move to China due to her work. Parker couldn't accoustomed to this new atmosphere and hates every moment. Adding fuel to fire, he has to confront a bully in the school. The bully is very good at Kung Fu and learning from no mercy - no pain - bad bad bad master. Mr.Han a maintanance man in Dre's apartment, saves Dre from the bullies and trying to help him to join the Kung Fu academy where that bully is learning. But it turns out that Dre has to participate in the Kung Fu tournament and has to teach the kid. This is a feel good movie, so Dre must win and so he wins obiviously.

The scenes between Dre and the cutie chinese girl are funny and fantastic. Evertime he tries to impress her, it backfires him :-).
Especially when he plays TT with an old man. And also the reaction when he sees her dance. Awesome Jaden. I think he will become way better than Will Smith. (This is a praise for Jaden not a criticism of Will Smith).

The chemistry between Dre and Han works perfectly well. Jaden smith as Dre Parker catches everyone's heart with his awesome performance. His face reactions in few scenes are too good. When her moms says I love in front of the school gate, the way he reacts, in a hush tone, MOM,... fantastically captured the mentality of a 12 year old boy. Scenes like these make it a great experience.

Worth time spend. You won't regret. Highly Recommended.

Note: Pics taken from www.filmofilia.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blog marathon post 10: The girl with the dragon tattoo - Book review

(Daniel Craig is to act in the movie Dragon girl. The movie is based on the book "The girl with a dragon tattoo".)

When I was hovering around in the book section at Landmark, I have seen this book. Even though the title immediately catched my attention I was little hesistant to buy that time. But, when I read the above piece of news I wanted to read before the movie is taken. It will be good to read first and then check how they transformed the book into a movie. Most of the times I was miserably dissappointed to see the movies. These experience and "Consequence of Analysis" told me, if I watch the movie first, I will ceratinly loose the interest to read the book. So, I decided to put my hands on that book as soon as possible. Since I have finished reading that book and I really liked that book, I just want to give you the feel about the book.

As most of you all aware, it is a page turner. A mystery novel. A 40+ aged hero with a 20+ aged heroine trying to find out the mystery behind a girls disapperance which happend in 1966.

The disappeared girl is the grand daughter of Henrik Vanger, ex CEO of Vanger's corporation. Her name is Harriet Vanger.
She used to give framed pressed flowers as gift to Henrik. But even after her disappearance, he is getting same kind of gifts on his birthday every year for 36 years. He cannot come out of this tragic event and wants to find out who really killed her.
He strongly belives that she cannot just dissapear into air without any trace so she must be murdered and that murderer should be one of his family members. After a small background check, he decides to hire Mikel Blomkvist.

Mikel Blomkvist: A financial journalist. Part owner of the magazine "Millenium". (This book is the first in Millenium Triology). A straight moral person. He is in a trouble now. The allegations he made about the industrialist back fired him. He has been sentenced to jail for three months and has to pay a huge fine. This has weaken the credibility of "Millenium". He either has to resign from "Millenium" editorial board or has to prove that his allegations are right. He doesnt know where to start and how to proceed. So, he decides to have a break from editorial board and wants to have a breat to think about it. The same time he gets an offer from Vanger.

Lisbeth Salander: The girl with the dragon tattoo. She is the one who did the background check of Mikel Blomkvist.A girl with numerous tattoos, two piercings in her face, with fancy clothings, and with an asocial behaviour. She works for Armansky who is the head of Milton security company. She tolerates no restrictions. She served several years in children prison and she is now under gaurdianship. She is an enigma. She never socializes with anyone and she never shows any emotions or affections. She never quits anything once she decides to take it up. She never asks for help and wants to do it by herself. She is ready to be beaten to death rather than giving in. But she respects people who treat her as a human being. After "taking care" of his second gaurdian who molested and raped her, she joins with Blomkvist to assist his investigation about Harriet's mystery as a research assistant.

1966: The day Harriet disappears. It is the day when all members in the vanger family get together for dinner. It is a practice that goes on for a long time. At midday, there is a terrible accident in a bridge in that village. All the attention of the whole village turn to that accident. The bridge is the only way to come/go to/from village. And it is locked due to accident. But, Harriet happens to be disappeared. The police, the village and Henrik appointed special force, all searched every nook and corner of the village even the sea nearby. They checked all possible theories and all lead to dead end. Now, 36 years have gone by. Still there is no trace of Harriet. Everyone belived that she has died. And Vanget wants to know who did that.

When Blomkvist takes up this job, he has no slightest hope that he will unfold the mystery. But when he goes thru all the police reports, photographs, press reports and Henriks notes again and again, he found that what the others missed in the investigation. He needs one more hand to help with him to research in depth and to get details. Who else than salander will be more appropriate? Together they approach the whole case in a new dimension and in new angle. But someone doesnt want them to find the truth. Someone is poking their nose into their affairs and in their house. Someone tries to kill Blomkvist. No matter what, they are not ready to give up. And atlast they find the truth. A horrible truth which will shatter the whole Vanger's corporation. What is the truth and what they do after they find out and what happens to Blomkvist career is the rest of the story.

If you are an imaginative reader, then there are so many things in this book for you to dwell into. One example is thinking about Lisbeth Salander. What might have happened to her childhood to make Lisbeth the way she is now? Blomkvist is a moralist. But he has to compromise at some point time in the story. What would have happened if he doesn't compromised?
There are someother things which are so captivating and put you in deep thinking but I dont want to spoil the surprise. If you like mystery novels, twists and turns and if you want to glued to the book for several hours then this is the book for you. Recommended.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blog marathon post update: Rules slightly changed

I'm going to write about some amazing ladies with whom I have spent part of my life.

Will contd..

Updated :

I started this post since I have framed every word while travelling from Trichy to Chennai..but was not able to continue due to power cut and then....I slept :-(.

So, I have slightly changed the rules and regulations of the blog marathon. Instead of one post per day, I'm going to write 31 posts in 31 days. It doesn't matter how many posts I'm posting everyday. The higher the number of the posts it is good for my writing. Lets see how i'm sticking to this rule...hmph :-(

Friday, June 11, 2010

Blog marathon post 9: My Grandma

"A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart"
~Author Unknown

I was a jerk, I'm now and am sure I'll be.

I didn't give damn shit about anything two years back. I didnt value people and my world revolved around me. I'm learning now, learning the real values of little things that make a big difference.

My grandma, my daddy's mother...both she and my daddy are no more now. They are not with me. No one in this world knows that how sick i feel inside me for not being responsive to their love, care and trust when they were alive.

Today is my grandma death anniversay.(Somehow, I relate the word "Anniversary" with happiness and celeberation. I dont feel comfortable using that word to describe this event. Need someother word.) She loved me the most among all her grand children. I was her favourite. I hope I'm still her favourite.

She tried all her best to make me happy. I still remember all those things. It was sad that she couldn't stay with both of her sons in her last years. She couldn't cope up with both her daughter-in-laws. Though she stayed very near to her younger son, she was all alone. She lived in a seperate home, she made her own food, she was a daily wager even in her 60s and 70s.

I was deeply moved and was terribly angry when she was suffering from a dog's bite. I was visiting her when I was doing my undergraduation(UG, I think so). She was completely tired and exhausted. The local doctor( he is not even a doctor, he used to inject penicilin almost for all disease. He will wait for two to three weeks and if nothing gets better, he will ask them to go to a hospital in town), gave some penicilin injection and there was no one to take care. And with that leg she made me food and everything. When I think about that now, I'm deeply touched and I cannot forgive myself for the things I didn't do which I should have done.

She used to visit temples and places once in a year in January. Every year same places, same bus travels, same drivers, same guides and all that... She was the organizer in our village. She took me with her for six years. I still remember bits and pieces of those visits. I remember Kangai konda cholapuram( I never visited this place after that, afraid of losing that memory in my mind), Thanjai Periya Kovil, Vadalur and the bath in the cold well water, struggling to see the Jyothi in the crowd, those little tales of Ramalinga Adigal, those songs before the meals....these beautiful memories, these are all the things I'm left with about her.

Like a hutch dog, I used to follow her everywhere. I was her constant companion. She will drag me with her whenever she goes to relatives house. If the place we want to visit is in miles around, we will go by walk. My grandma's sister(GS), lives in a village. It is 7 kms away from our place. Whenever we visit GS, we will go by walk. Between these places, you can find three or four villages. Everywhere we have relatives. Just visiting GS's place is like visiting all these relatives. Whatever they are cultivating that time, like sugarcane, peanuts, corns... they will give us. Eating all the way and the fun talk with my grandma, I never felt tired. My GS or SG's(small grandma) place is near to a dry lake. We have to cross the lake to reach her. Once I reached the lake, I will start running. The happiness in both grandma's eyes...once we all together, I have no words.

She didnt expect much from me. Instead, even after I started earning, she used to give money to me. I didn't realize the value of those money that time. But I do now. She had only one wish. She wanted me to go with her to some temple to pay some tribute. But, we couldn't do that. As I told you, I was a jerk. Regretting now will do nothing.

I don't know how I'm going to tell her that I really loved her. I should have shown my love through my actions when she was alive. I hope somehow she knew that. I'm feeling heavy now.

Rest in Peace!!

Blog Marathon post 8: Technically speaking.....

Yeah....I missed one day. But, no I'm not. Technically may be. This time is not yet my end of day. As per my calendar, my day ends only when I sleep. I'm here just to write this post. So, I'm still keeping up with this. Good to go Karthik. I, myself patting on my back. (What to do? There is no one here to do that. Pity me :-( )

As usual, I'm going to ramble something here. Best way is to describe what has happened today so far? In three words... Fantastic but awful.

Most of the day, I felt very happy. The code that I was struggling with is completed successfully. And it is not giving any errors.

I found so many blogs today and I'm happy with it. A few are movie blogs. Read some posts. How the hell these people are writing this good? Putting so much effort and their commitment. I have to learn a lot from them. Carefully reading them. Will try to imitate first, till I get my own style. Should be more careful not to imitate always. I know there is a limit to imitate and I should not cross.(This is note to myself).

Downloading the movie "Disgrace". I read reviews that it is awfully good movie. Can't wait to see it.

Read Leena Manimekalai's - a tamil poet - blog about some of the happenings in the last few weeks. I always admire bold and strong girls. She knows what she is talking about. She is very clear in what she is writing. Admiring her too. (I may not agree with what she is saying or writing. That doesn't mean that I shouldn't like her)
Read a few technical things about movies. The concept of long shot in "Vaarthaigal" blog. This seems really a good blog. Suresh Kannan's recommendation. Cannot be a bad one :-)

Forgot my key in the room itself. So, have to go to friend's office, have to disturb him in the middle of the night to get the key and got back just an hour before... and writing this post. (This is that awful part).

Seriously, I have to work on my absent mindedness and procrastinating habit.

Will see...

That sums up pretty much. See you tomorrow with another post.

The Calvin and Hobbes is for you to enjoy. Not related with this post, in case if you were thinking about it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blog marathon post 7: How to write a blog post?

Well, thats what I'm thinking about right now. I got to write a post now and one post each day for next 23 days. Successfully I have completed 6 days.

Ok ok ..hang on...hang on people.... just dont hurry leaving...thats a joke. Since you have belived me that I will give you some tips, it becomes my responsibility to do so. I take my responsibility too seriously. Here goes your tips... if you follow at least one tip, I will consider this as successful post. Ok, lets start...

Tip No:1 This is how you should start a post, when you dont know anything to talk about. Choosing topics of this kind, will help you to ramble anything about it. You dont really have to worry about whether it will make sense or not.

Tip No:2 Dont go and browse points to your topic. If you can find that easily in such short time, anyone can. They dont have to come here. If they still come to your blog, they will eventually know after reading the first line itself that they have wasted their time, but if they still continue reading we should not miss the pleasure of pointing that to them as I did now. :-)

Tip No:3 No one has ever given you this tip. A real good one. Write a post when you are really sleepy. That time you just want to go to sleep after you finish your post. That way you wont think much. You thought process will have such a flow and it will be better than your excuses when somebody wakes you up in the early morning.

Tip No:4 Don't always think about your blog. Some people think their blog/posts when they walk, talk, bath, watch movies, listen to news even when they blurb.(Like how to use this blurb in the post?). Even when their dogs blurb, they will think to write that as a post. That is too dangerous. In such cases, you will have lots of ideas and you will be weighing all the ideas to choose the better one. Thats waste of time. Open your system. Log in to your blog. Click new post. What ever topic comes to your mind and just start writing it. You will get a superb post with your original ideas.

Tip No:5 Best point again. If you want to write a really good post just do the opposite of all the tips given here.

If you follow the first four tips, my post is success. And if you don't follow the first four tips, even though my post is a success. So, this is a successful post.
And I'm happy with that.

Incredible India

Got this as a forward.... It made me think. Thought of sharing with you all...


# We live in a nation where Rice is Rs.40/- per kg and Sim Card is free.

# Pizza reaches home faster than Ambulance and Police.

# Car loan @ 5% but education loan @ 12%.

# Students with 45% get in elite institutions thru quota system and those with 90% get out because of merit.

# 2 IPL teams are auctioned at 3300 crores and we are still a poor country where people starve for 2 sqaure meal per day.

# Assembly complex buildings are getting ready within one year while public transport bridges alone takes several years to be completed.

# Where a millionaire can buy a cricket team instead of donating the money to any charity.

# Where every body wants to be famous but no one wants to follow the path to be famous.

# Where people standing at tea stall reading an article about child labour from a newspaper and say "Yaar, bachho se kam karwane wale ko to fansi par chadha dena chahiye" and then they shouts "oye CHHOTU 2 chai la.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 6: My Photography sucks!!!

Damn me!! Damn Lazy me. The stupid and idiot lazy Karthik in me is the biggest enemy of my growth. He is the sole responsibility for all my setbacks. He knows I love photography.

All good things for me started happening only after I joined Ford. I started buying books regularly. I bought an MP3 player for me. Got net connection... and the biggest thing is I bought my own camera. It is not very sophisticated but an ok kind of camera.

It has been an year that damn thing came into my life. I took many photos and I deleted many photos. I'm an damn introvert. Usually don't ask any help. My inter action with other unknown people will be very minimum. Also, there is no known people who knows photography Result: My growing rate is not so damn good.

And I came to know about Flickr and all that photo blogs and sites. Bought even photography books(Should sue them... there is not a single tip for a beginner, but lots and lots of ads and ads and ads....i left them coz this book contains a few superb photos). Explored so many photos. I will be staring at some photos for a very very long time. If there is a photo, I think myself as the photographer and will think how I would have taken that photo. If I don't understand I will be staring at the photo for long long time....eventually I will sleep. I have slept only 99 times out of my hundred visits to such photo sites.

I read somewhere that it is not aperture or shutter speed or DOF or ISO or any other technicalities...it is the mood, the emotion, the theme that gives beauty to the photos. So, I didnt learn any of that. Also tried to take photos, if there is an emotional outburst. I took several deep emotional photos. I'm damn pretty(not preethi or preity) sure about that. Only thing is that no one can find those emotions in those photos. I think people should really have photo sense when they view photos esp my photos. Becoz most of them are blurry. Yeah, since they are blurry you need abstract thinking also.

Later I decided to learn about these technicalities also. Still I dont know how to read f/4 or something like that. Aperture and shutter speed are Greek and Latin to me. Exposure always exhausts me...(Good rhyming na?? )

Nowadays, I put a bed in the balcony, lie down looking at the sky and deeply thinking about what to do next. One thing I'm pretty sure one day I will surely become a photographer i mean good photographer.

PS: Did I tell you how I got interested in Photography? All because of my English master in 12th standard. The way he pronounces photography. He used to give greater stress to the first syllable like PHOTO-gra-fy. I immediately fell in love with Phot - o - graphy.

See you all in the next post.

Blog Marathon Post 5: Women and Freedom

When I first read about the abusing post of one male blogger targeting a woman blogger, and all the hullabaloo around this issue, the first question which came to my mind, What triggers him to write that post? What he was thinking about that time?

This lead me to think about women freedom in India. This is the first time I'm actually looking into some real data and reading serious stuff. Before I share my thoughts, lets have a look at few statistics.

Click the link to get the full report:


70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty are female.

Women do more than
67% of the hours of work done in the world
Earn only 10% of the world's income
And own only 1% of the world's property

Women are paid 30-40% less than men for comparable work on an average

The value of unremunerated work was estimated at about $16 billion,
from which $11 billion represents the invisible contribution of women.

In India:

The child sex ratio has dropped from
945 females per 1000 males in 1991 to
927 females per 1000 males in 2001

The United Nations Children’s Fund, estimated that upto 50 million girls and women are ‘missing’ from India’s population
because of termination of the female foetus or high mortality of the girl child due to lack of proper care

Female share of non-agricultural wage employment is only 17%

Participation of women in the workforce is only
13.9% in the urban sector and
29.9% in the rural sector

Women’s wage rates are, on an average
only 75 % of men’s wage rates and
constitute only 25% of the family income

Can you say women have freedom even after seeing this report?

Ok, forget about this. Lets look around us. Dont just see the women in Metros. Dont just see the women in upper middle class families. (To be contd...)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 4: Sholay

Since I have just started watching Hindi movies I wanted to watch only good Hindi movies. And so did I. Till now I have watched just a few handful of movies. Recent addition to that list is Sholay.

Considering the time it has taken, it is a great movie. It still involves us to its complete duration of running. It has everything to offer you. Heroic moments, demonic villain, nonsensical comedy, sentiments all mixed well together and painted on a 70MM screen.

Some of the scenes I was reminded of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". I think we should not compare these two(Of course, you know the reasons). The reasons was In Sholay, in a couple of scenes, like the first scene where the policeman visits Thakur and when Gabbar attacks the village, one or two mins there will be no music or very mild music but what u see is great landscape or aerial view of the place. You can see the same pattern in "TGTBTU" also.

The story is simple. Veeru(Dharmendra) and Jai(Amithab) are two small time culprits. There are wanted by a police office Thakur to catch the bandit Gabbar Singh. Inbetween a flash back about how Thakur lost his hands, romance by Veeru and Basanti, sentiments about Thakurs daughter in law and all that Jazz.

I'm not that into music, I enjoyed two songs. Yeh Dosti and Mehbooba. The reason might be those two are really catchy. I couldnt find any fault with screenplay also. As long as I'm concerned, its not boring. Then it must be a good screenplay :-)

My Verdict: You can watch it anytime. With your friends the better.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 3: Time ruins everything - Irreversible

I'm totally confused with this movie. As per the title of this movie, this is going backwards. The starting of the movie is actually end of the story. The movie ends where the story begins.

The story is simple. Alex(Monica Bellucci) while returning to home after attending a party brutally gets raped. Her husband Marcus wants to revenge it and in that attempt kills someone else and gets arrested.

The first 20 mins is very confusing. The camera is rotating all over the place. You should really be focused and patient to get into the movie. It will be like watching the movie when you are heavily drunk. The dark tone, the gay bar, the background music, rotating camera....its a different experience but it will give you a sick feel.

The BM is awesome. When Alex is shown in the screen for the first time, in the stretcher, with blood all over her face...heart beat is the only BM. With shaking camera and heart beat, it will be like you are there and watching the scene.

And the raping scene in the tunnel....GOD this is the most violent scene I have ever scene in a movie. I couldn't. In that precise moment, I hate to be a man. The anger I get that time, the helplessness - like it is actually happening...I don't know how to express in words... i just want to kill that animal.

The second half is really nice. Since I have seen what is going to happen to them already, I couldn't involve or take part in their joyous moments. The train conversation about sex and orgasms and the intimate scenes between Alex and Marcus - simply superb. I think I have to watch those scenes separately after the effects of those violent scenes fade away in my mind.

Camera work is brilliant. Starting with very dark tone and revolving camera, slowly getting brightness, sepia tone in that intimacy scene, and very bright and beautiful camera work at the end of the movie....in every frame the camera reflects the moods of the story.

It's not an enjoyable movie, will left you in disturbed mood. And there are nude scenes. If you are really really strong hearted and want to see the making... then go and watch it. I'm now thinking whether the director is sane or insane to make a movie like this.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 2: English Books and Me - Part 1

I'm not regularly reading books these days. Thanks to Internet, TV and movies. But I was a voracious reader, only tamil books. Books I have read in English, I can easily count those. Now I'm feeling bad for losing track with reading. So this Post.

This post especially is to remind me how much I'm missing reading books(both in Tamil and English with special regards to English books :-) ). To remind me how I'm wasting my time in unnecessary things which no way going to enrich my knowledge, no way going to make me a better person. To remind me how much I miss those fantastic moments being in solitude with deep thoughts and questions. This post is to help me go back in time (mentally,ofcourse) and revel in time when I enjoy reading. Those magic moments of reading, where waiting for suspense to unfold, overwhelmed by the love, passion and emotions.

When I started reading English books? I never read even a single book till my college. I just memorised in school days. And how I dreaded English exams? Mugging up a single para from morning to evening....and writing the same thing for any questions asked. Thats how my English was in my school days. I was in English medium and moved to Tamil medium after high school. After my schooling I decided to improve my English. How? How? How? The only way I know was reading. (Thats what I'm good at but in Tamil).

I didn't have proper direction or guidance to how to go about it. In my college, I took English novels from library, kept it with me for a long time and will return it without reading. I remember I started reading Kane and Abel, only a few pages. Read some R K Narayan stories. After that I dont remember anything that worth reading. The first book, as far as my memory goes, I read was Naked face by Sidney Sheldon.

That time, I felt that, that was a good read, though I didnt understand completely. After that I started reading Sheldon books. Most of the times, I read only half of the books and will get bored to continue. Started reading Bloodline, Stranger in the mirror, Memories of midnight and Sands of Time. The books I really completed were Tell me your dreams, If tomorrow comes, The sky is falling ... and and... Oh! God! I read only three sheldon books.

The reason I couldnt complete a full book was, I was still struggling with English. I hadnt improved much even when I was doing post graduation. It was very difficult for me to write even one or two sentences in English without any errors. Only after Joining the tutoring company, since I had lots of time in my hand, and with the happy feeling that I was really earning, I started reading with more passion. Previously there was a purpose for my reading English books. There was a compulsion that I had to improve my language skills, but now, not necessary, I have job. I dont have to worry about my language skill for sometime, till I want to go for another job hunt..

The first book, I really enjoyed reading in English was Harry Potter - the first book - and the Philoshoper's stone. The next two years... reading all Harry potter series...
My life was very simple that time... Get up read Harrypotter...squeeze in some time to get ready... read Harry potter...while travelling read harrypotter.... only my physiqe was here... I was living in Howards school, listening to those magic teachers, speaking with Harry, Hermoine and Ron, Fred, George.... Madly in love with Hermoine... with great respect for Dumbledore...

When I finished the Deadly hollows.... once everything is over.... I felt that emptiness... kind of feel a retired man should get... like the marriage hall after the marriage... I used to get this feel whenever I read a huge novel... Becoz I will be living in that world. I will be mentally having relationship with those people....

After Harry potter.... the very important book which I read was "The fountainhead". This is also a good read. A book about objectivism, oppotunism and all isms... How you want to be? All youth should read the book to know why you are doing and what you are doing. What is it to have an aim, a purpose in life? How the world will react if you want to do things in your way? It will not give answers, but it will help you to ask yourself so many questions. Like whom you want to be? Howard Roark, Peter Keatings, Gail Wynand, or Toohey or like Dominique? Everyone wants to be Howard Roark or Wynand... most of the time we are Peter Keatings...(to be contd... in the next post)

Note: I may alter some of the things later.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 1: Reasons I dont want to get married

I know as a guy it is weird to worry about marriage. Most guys I know are comfortable with getting married. (And they suffer later. Thats another story).

I dont know I will be a good partner to anyone. Reasons... a lot.

First, I don't value anything. I dont have money consciousness. I procrastinate everything. And I'm not strong. I mean some villians come and do some mischief, I cant fight them off and protect my girl. :-)

Till now nobody seems to fall in love with me(Well, except one). It means something is fundamentally wrong with me. Till I find it what, I'm afraid I can move further.

I have gone thru some sites searching what a girl really wants. Most of the girls love guys who have great sense of humor. Pity me, my sense of humor sucks. I think I have generations of fight (those who know tamil will understand this parambarai pagai) with presense of mind and sense of humor.

And I have read blogs of girls who are happy with married life. Almost all the husbands are getting up early, preparing tea, preparing food and doing all the household stuff and pampering them. Its a lot of work you know. And I usually dont get up before 8.30 and if it is weekend, not CERTAINLY before 12. I need an alter before getting married to do all these stuffs. (And I'm not sure how my alter will be :-( )

The hardest part is.... girls have greater mood swings. Those who are able to tackle this only can survive in the marriage. Again pity me, I too have mood swings. And I'm wondering if we are in opposite moods what will be the consequence?

Another dreary one... shopping. I'm shuddering just by thinking about lots and lots of bags in my hands, in my head, something in my back and still waiting for my girl to finish her shopping. After all these, getting to know that she is not even remotely satisfied with her shopping and wants to go for another one.....you know I will blissfully remain single... or live in relationship

Thats why I'm telling you guys I'm not SO COMFORTABLE with this marriage stuff. You know anyone for live in relationship?

Blog marathon !!!

Ok, I too want to take part in this blog marathon.

I know for sure that no one is reading my blog. Then why bother taking part in blog marathon and all ?

I know someday, I hope I too even write some good stuff and I will also have a few handful of good readers to my blog. That time, if some curious readers like me, dig into my archives, they should not(I mean you people, you are reading it now right?) get dissappointed.

My first and farmost concern is it should not bore them away. There should be some good stuff around. And I should not write just for the sake of writing.

Second dont pretend or dont write something that you dont belive in and dont write to show off. Be true to yourself. Call a spade a spade.

I know I'm a lazy guy. All time lazy. Super duper lazy. Atleast for this, put some effort. (Dont mind. I'm just begging myself. Ok?)

Ok, thats it. I'm starting today.