Posts Tagged ‘books’

This is a tag that I have picked up from Facebook and I thought would do a post as well. According to the BCC most people would have just read 6 books from the following list of 100. I think the BCC clearly understimates our reading abilities. Now if only BBC knew about it.

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

Everyone, who so ever reads this post, is free to pick up this tag.
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading – I didn’t do this.
4) Tally your total. (Mine is 32 excluding the ones I plan to read — So where does BBC stand:-))

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x+++++
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien x+++++
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte *
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x+++++
6 The Bible x++
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x ++
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott *
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller *
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare *
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurierx
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x ++
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x+
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x++++
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald *
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy x
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams *
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x++
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy *
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens x ++
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x ++
34 Emma – Jane Austen x+
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini x+++++
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden *
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x ++++
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x ++
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery *
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy x++
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan*
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel x+++++
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth x+++++
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens x+++
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon x++++
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x+++
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov *
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding x ++
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie *
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x+
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce *
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray x
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker x ++
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro *
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry x+++
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White *
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn x++
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x+
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton x++
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad *
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x +
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo *


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A 21-month-update

Whoop, my Miss Little Sunshine (MLS) would be two years in three months time. I would soon stop counting the months. But till then, let me enjoy myself by recording every breath she takes, every move she makes….

At 21 months, she now speaks clearly and has mastered the art of replying too. She can count till 10, say her alphabets and knows four rhymes. But she doesn’t say anything in its entirety, for we have to initate ABCD then she will say EFGH and so on.

Her keen observational skills leave us flummoxed more often than not. Today, when her mamu (my brother) woke up she asked “chai peena hai?” (You want to have tea?). She knows that the moment he opens his eyes he needs to have his cup of tea.

The girl is quite particular about everyone’s likes and dislikes, belongings and mannerisms. She knows who will say what to her. She knows that she can twiddle us around her thumb when she is with her dadu (grandpa). She knows when to shed her crocodile tears and how to cuddle up to me when I am cross with her.

She now talks on phone with people and would reply to what is being asked. But her attention span on phone is not more than two minutes. Food and MLS are not the best of friends and she is quite temperamental. If she loves khichri one day then it may be paranthas the other day. She still hasn’t taken to eating non-veg (despite having a mom who will leave the bone only when they turn to shards in her mouth) and chocolates still aren’t a favourite (Haven’t ever bought one for her and whatever we usually get is devoured by this oversized mom who fears of shedding even an ounce of her weight!!!!).

She has started miming me, whatever I say she keeps repeating those words. But when I say, “Oh My God, main dookhi hoon (I am tired of you), she would say “Aap dookhi nai ho” (No, you are not). She has now mastered the art of conversation and is becoming quite a chatterbox.

She loves all the advertisements on television. Though we rarely watch TV with her but she gets an overdose of TV whenever she is with her grandparents (sigh!!!). She is fully potty trained and semi pee-trained.

Books and pens are her favourite companions. Give her a pen and she can tattoo her legs and arms and proudly display her ‘drawing’. She loves her books to the point that she has even managed to tear off a hardbound page of an alphabet book Whosoever made those books specifically for kids so that they don’t tear them off hasn’t met brats like her.

Happy 21st B’day Miss Little Sunshine. Let the sunshine spread its warmth and glow into everybody’s lives.

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A 20-month update

At 20 months, the Sunshine prances around the house keeping herself occupied. AT times she is busy feeding her gudiya, giving her a massage or cooking for her. Then there are times when the bookworm in her makes resurgence and she is glued to her book for a pretty long time. She doesn’t love me reading out to her and likes to explore her books on her own. We have got her basic colour books and the girl somewhat identifies two-three colours at times. She has also started dabbling with crayons preparing her own modern art.


She has started going up the stairs all by herself and hates any help. Her yells can wake a dead man from his grave, the girl screams like hell. God, if I go deaf soon, you know whom to blame. Her favourite activity is throwing things up and high and she marvels at their falling. Gravity amuses her to no end.


Her poem repertory includes Johnny, Johnny, Twinkle, Twinkle and a Hindi poem. Counting she has mastered till 10 and alphabets we are still stuck at F because after that the girlie just says Aiyo. Her eating habits have improved and she loves to eat whatever we are having. Her favourites remain milk, soup, grapes and roti/ parantha (yes, in the same order).


She speaks almost at ease in Hindi. Malyalam and English she understands pretty well. She doesn’t say much in English except for the customary wishes and some proper nouns.


Though the post is three days overdue, nevertheless, A very happy 20th month B’day my Miss Little Sunshine.

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An ode to “My Lifeline”

Whoever said Books are a man’s best friend couldn’t have been more correct. For books were there with me at every juncture of my life. I can associate certain books with certain periods of my life. Happy moments, sad moments, depressing phase, pimple-sprouting period, etc, etc.

The first memory of books that come into mind are my rhyme and story books. Though I don’t vividly remember much about them its just a colorful juxtaposition of pictures and words.

Summer vacations in primary school can be tracked down to me rooting for David Copperfield or felling sad for Oliwer Twist. I would also be reading and re-reading the posrtions where food was described in detail in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series. I could salivate for their ginger ale, marmalade, jams and chocolates. Even as I write this, I can visualize the majestic Moor and Timmy wagging his tail.

I associate Sidney Sheldon’s books with my secondary school. While in Class VIII, I stumbled upon a Sheldon book in my school library. And instantly I became his fan. But I don’t read him anymore. In hindsight, I thank Sheldon for those lovely late nights when I hid a Sheldon novel in my biology textbook and pretended studying. My poor parents wondering why I study so hard:)

College was when I became a huge fan of Paulo Coelho, had my share of Chicken Soup and feasted on Garcia. Post graduation was easily completed with the help of Arundhati Roy, Taslima Nasreen, Salman Rushdie, and Alice Walker.

I started reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth a few months before I got married. At over 1000 pages, this is one book that I have taken a year to finish. In between, I read many books but this book, each of its characters remains etched in my memory. So, if I were to associate a book with my wedding then it would be “A Suitable Boy”.

In between, I may have read hundreds of books. Books are companion who used put me to sleep before Sunshine came into our lives. My books now provide me company on my metro journey to work. The one-hour journey to and fro suits me perfect for I am able to finish a book in two weeks time.

A few of my favourite books include The Hungry Tide, Alchemist, Loss of Inheritance, The God of Small Things, To Kill a Mockingbird, Alice in Wonderland, Love in the time of Cholera, Celestine Prophecy, and many more. The list is never-ending……………..

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