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So, you should have figured out by now that the three of us are into books.  

Anyway, when I was little there was just one decent library around my area and the one I faithfully went to every fortnight to fill my bag with books.  It was a tiny room, with rows of steel shelves painted a murky green. And it had tons of books with that yummy musty smell. It was there that I started with Enid Blyton and comics, accidentally found The Chalet School, Nancy Drew The Three Investigators, Hardy Boys and loads others. But then, being the teeny cramped space that it is, they only had a lending system. Which is wonderful. And it’s a joy to head there even now, even though it may be filled with the books that I possibly won’t read there’ll always be that bunch of odd books lying around that you will pick up and devour.

The day before yesterday, I went to the Anna Centenary Library, a new schmancy looking building. And well, I wasn’t sure what it would be like on the inside, so I had my doubts.

And with my brother and little cousin tagging along, we entered the kids section. And I would’ve totally squeed if it weren’t for the fact that I was the oldest “kid” there. The books were gorgeous and I wish I had books like those when I was a kid. Plus, they have cute colourful chairs and a tree to sit under! Yes, a tree! (albeit, a plastic one) The plush green carpets are a good substitute for grass.

And climb up a couple of floors and it’s the English novels section. I was grinning like the 10-year-old in me, tilting my head to look at the titles and amazed at the sheer amount and space! Plus, they had the cushioned black soft chairs that lean back and a personal light on a table to sit and read. And since most of those chairs are next to the window, you can look outside every once in a while to make sure it isn’t dark and you must return home. Day made? Totally!

Well, the only thing that bothers me is their organization of books. I would love it if they had a genre first, then authors’ names classification unlike now where it’s only authors’ names and it’s sort of haphazard.  But oh well! This still is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy. There’s also a coffee shop being built in there.

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Well,  I have been blog-surfing (read procrastinating during the big-bad-exams time) and there were so many beautiful poems I stumbled onto as a part of the NaPoWriMo. So, yeah, I decided I’m taking a break to write a poem.

P.S. This is totally for the lulz-ness.

Microbio 101

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The X is increasing;

not two peas in a pod,

nor are you punctuating,

But children playing ‘train.’


Little rods, squiggling

to be stained,

some not moving.

Tell me, are you

pink or purple?


You need to grow;

let me take a droplet,

do you like blood or

do you like chocolate?


Little blobs, shiny,

your growth leaves me

exponentially happy.

But tell me your name

else I must extract it out.

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If you get The Big Bang Theory reference, you are worthy of my respect. (Do I hear a cough?)


But no, it’s not that cricket I’m talking about. I’m talking about the Cricket fever, the cricket craziness, the blue fever or whatever you want to call it that’s keeping this country glued to the TV. I read somewhere that the number of people tuning in to the opening match from the Subcontinent was more than the number of people in Europe.

Me, I’ve never been anti-cricket. It’s more of anti-hype. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching nor does it mean that I’d be better off not knowing it. I do like cricket, and I will most definitely be supporting my country but sometimes (read very often), the antics of those cricket crazy people annoy me.

Being a kid from India, who has a dad who loves cricket, I’ve had my fair share of bruises from playing cricket. Not that I can play decently, mind you. But when you grow up in an atmosphere where cricket is the thing to watch on TV (back then, when there was nothing else, save Cartoon Network till 5 p.m.,) you can’t help but get involved and start watching it.

And yes, I’ve been infused with this World Cup hysteria, largely because of my dad & brother, and that it is happening here. It’s impossible to ignore this frenzy when that’s all that everyone talks about. Someone playing on the streets, will walk to your house and ask for the score, in college you get texts about the score, all the radio channels will devote a few seconds to update the score, and there’s no lack of fireworks and cacophony when India wins. Nor is there a lack of finger-pointing and shouting when India loses. But that’s a part of our viewing experience.

Sure, cricket is given undue attention and the other sports are only now being thrust into the spotlight, but it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other sports.

With a few days left for the big India-Pakistan Semifinal clash, I really hope the Indians get through. It would be a wonderful final if India does. And no matter what people say, India vs. Pakistan will always be an interesting match. I’m not one who is for the animosity between the two nations nor do I want such a thing affecting the sport, but it’s always funny when people give paramount importance to India-Pakistan clashes. It’s like when Dhoni said that all the people are now going to say that it doesn’t matter if India loses the final as long as India defeats Pakistan. It’s the stupid, almost-funny mentality of the people, sadly.

But whatever it is, this will be a good world cup what with India sending home the Aussies and NZ proving themselves against SA.

Bleeding Blue, indeed!

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The ‘Phunnies.’

So, I meant to put up this post a while back which I kept putting forward for reasons that may amount to laziness.

 

 


Umm.. Yeah, a lot words have varied meanings.

 

 

You don't have to write in English if that's not your strongest language, okay?

 

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1. Favorite childhood book?
Enid Blyton’s. To be specific, Five Findouters.

2. What are you reading right now?
The Giver – Lois Lowry

3. Bad book habit?
Skimming through chunks of boring text.

4. Do you have an e-reader?
*stares at you.* Now, you know what you’ve to get me.

5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
Actually, I do that quite often. There’s a book in my bag, which I read during college and while the bus, and another when I’m home. And some old, nice book, for a light before-going-to-bed read.

6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yeah. This blog.

7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
Mockingjay. (For reasons, see here.)

8. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Marley & Me

9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not much.

10. What is your reading comfort zone?
Literary fiction, Sci-fi, recently historical fic too.

11. Can you read on the bus?
ALWAYS. (It deserves the caps. Ask anyone on the bus.)

12. Favorite place to read?
My orange chair. With tea. (Yes, it’s orange. Also; you must know that orange and I have a connection.)

13. What is your policy on book lending?
To people I trust and people I think are readers and actually will read them, and maybe enjoy the book.

14. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I use bookmarks. (Whee! They’re fun to print.)

15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
And tarnish them? No way. (Study books on the other hand…)

16. Not even with text books?
^See above comment.
17. What is your favorite language to read in?
English.

18. What makes you love a book?
Characters, plot, imagery.
(In decreasing order. Though plot and imagery are almost equal.)

19. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
My reading experience.

20. Favorite genre?
Can’t pick.

21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Non-fiction.

22. Favorite biography?
I don’t think I’ve read any.

23. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Chicken Soup! Lulz.

24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
None so far.

25. Favorite reading snack?
Dang, tea doesn’t come under snacks. Cookies, then.

26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Mockingjay

27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read what critics say, so I have no clue.

28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Well, I didn’t like it, and that’s my opinion.

29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Japanese. (Especially their haikus and senryus. I know that’s not prose, but yeah. Also; there’s manga.)

30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Okay, this year, it’s be Wolf Hall.

31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
LOTR.
32. Favorite Poet?

I like Neruda and recently taken an interest to Richard Siken.

33. Favorite fictional character?
Don’t make me do this. Off the top of my head, I’d say Howard Roarke, the whole Harry Potter clan, Lisbeth Salander, Dominique Fracon, Cecilia Tallis, Henry DeTamble.

34. Favorite fictional villain?
Guh. Saint Dane from Pendragon and Voldy.

35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
The ones I haven’t yet read.

36. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Two weeks, max.

37. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Nicholas Nickleby. It’s Dickens.

38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The smell of good food.

39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Notebook. (And to a lesser extent, My Sister’s Keeper)

40. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Well, there are probably a lot that fall in this, but I can’t pick one I really hated.

41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
That would mean legit books, right? I’d say when I was buying Milennium Trilogy and Hunger Games series.

42. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Not really.

43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
An extremely terribly slow place, pitiful plot, boring voice.

44. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Like to? Yes. Do I? Mmmnah.

45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep them.

46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Books by you know, popular authors. Like this craze over Sidney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer and so on.

47. Name a book that made you angry.
Can’t think of any.

48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Yes, I never wanted to read it, but a friend of mine forced me to read 50 pages. And thanks to her, I devoured it, and I loved it.

49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Catching Fire.

50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Chalet School, The Saddle Club and maybe some chic-lit. lulz.

Tag stolen from Sadhana.

I will be posting another set of answers to the questions about [insert superlative] books for this year once the challenge is done/year is done.
Feel free to steal the tag 😀

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You just have to get into YA once in a while. 🙂 Oh and yes, SPOILER ALERT. So, Mockingjay was not good, yet not bad. And yes, I read it this late ’cause it wasn’t out in the stores yet.


It seems like the author, Suzanne Collins sort of got lost while she was writing this. It’s like she was still figuring out the plot and it was published. Now, I don’t mean to say it is bad, it is pretty good, it has its moments yes, but I wanted so much more, especially with how I enjoyed Hunger Games. That was one in which she captured the emotions and beautifully crafted it, if small and simple.

The first thing is, she dragged it, until the end. It’s like everything happened at the end.  I did like the whole ‘getting into the final battle’ and how that was executed, but it was a flaky pace. It should’ve been more consistent. She shouldn’t have given us a large dose of action in the last 100-odd pages.

The three protagonists were a major let down for me. Katniss is a fighter. I expected a lot more form her. I agree, the way she handles Katniss’ break down because of people around her and Snow pretty well, but I needed more. I did enjoy how she handled depicting the war and not making Katniss some great heroine, but I wanted to see a little more action toward the end. Mainly, I didn’t want to see it from the eyes of a character on the sidelines. But, I do like that she put Katniss in the sidelines. I’m not trying to contradict myself here, I just like/dislike certain aspects of something.

Peeta. He was handled pretty well, with the mutt transformation and all that. It was a pretty good job.

Gale. It seemed like she forgot how she portrayed him in the first book. I miss that. I miss the Gale I really loved from book 1. She seemed to have developed his character based on how she wanted the story to end. He was vague before, yes, and I completely agree with his anger, but she sort of messed with his character.

Which brings me to the Love Triangle. Katnnis, Peeta and Gale. This frustrated me, really. I mean, Katniss’ emotions is understandable in Book 2, but honestly, the end just bothered me. I wanted her to make the choice. She should have the last word. She mustn’t just give up.  In fact, I would’ve been happier if she left it with Katniss confused, and all three of them in 13.

I enjoyed the war details and how they planned for the assassin. It was pretty good. And, I do wish she spent a little more in describing their deaths. That would have definitely made it better. But I did like the different ways of them dying. Speaking of deaths, she should’ve built Prim up as a character before killing her in a way that was to provide a giant reaction. No, it doesn’t come off like Dobby’s of Fred’s death. We knew them well enough to love them. Prim, no. She was a cute kid, a good sister, a good helper to the mother.

To conclude, I wouldn’t say I hated the book. It’s just that I had some expectations. Maybe Katniss being the great heroine was pretty unrealistic and this portrayal was good-ish, but I definitely wanted more.

Rating : 2.5/5

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December’s here! Whoo! Yay!

So, I’m guessing you guessed that I love December. Why? Well, for one, it’s the birthday month. Then, there’s Christmas. Then, there’s Snowflakes on WordPress. And, it’s just a very happy time of the year. *insert wide, cheesy grin.*

Yesterday marked the end of third semester. And what better way to celebrate it, than heading to the Beach. It was beautiful yesterday. Really windy and the sand was shaped into pretty waves. And, the beach was clean. Yes, it’s a big deal. And the sun made it look even more beautiful. See?

And I’m glad this semester’s done. It’s been pretty eventful. There was the OMICS, in which we (Ax and me,) made this model (Forgive the missing arrow mark) :

And there was the time we bunked a math hour and sat on the terrace of the workshop block. And I clicked this dragonfly there. That blue-flowered thing is the aforementioned Ax’s bag.The terrace also had some broken toilets, which I shall take a picture of, the next time we go there.

You also have to know that dragoflies and I have had a history. Back in school (nooo, I’m not old!), we were the last ones walking out of the biotech classroom and toward the school ground. And then, in a few seconds a blur of green smashed into my forehead. I was half counfuse-half scared. And then, the others pointed out that I killed a dragonfly. (Yes dragonflies, beware. I have a strong forehead.) And we even gave this li’l feller a burial. In the school grounds. ( xD )

And then there were tons of ‘bunkings’ for some workshop or the other. Come to think of it, I could’ve blogged about all these. But, I didn’t.

 

 


Now, since this is the birthday month, I tend to get a little hyper-excited. Last year, BWC and Lucid got me this:

I mean, look at those titles. Would you consider reading them? Maybe I will. Just so I can write a hilarious Bookmark. Which reminds me, I have a half baked Bookmark on the Millennium series. So, expect a Bookmark or two.

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