Sunday, March 21, 2010

list: reading material

I've been reading a lot lately since I'm on a vacation of sorts. Here's what I've read so far:

2 States: The story of my marriage by Chetan Bhagat. I wan't really too keen on reading this, but thoroughly enjoyed it, especially his comparisons between his Punjabi mother and Tamilian mother-in-law.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (gifted to me by the lovely Marina, when we met in Delhi). A wonderfully relaxing and feel good book set on an island in Finland.

Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. I had to re-read this one, especially after seeing the movie and the drama about what percentage of the book got made into the movie.

Maharani by Jarmani Dass. A waste of time in my opinion. I'd read his book on Maharajas earlier and that was somewhat better, but still just too gossipy and one-dimensional.

Maharani by Elaine Williams (yes, I read two books with the same name, that too back to back! An account of Princess Brinda of Kapurthala's life, interesting, grand, sad at the same time.

Think Everest by Atul and Anita Karwal. I feel very proud to have read this book. It's written by my hubby's cousin sister and brother-in-law, who scaled Mt Everest in May 2008 (Just my brother-in-law). An amazing feat by any standards, the book is extra special in the way he has woven his journey before the attempt and stories about his family. A must read. The book will be launched by The Dalai Lama later on this year.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. Am currently reading this one....enjoying it, but quite frankly not as much as I enjoyed the book.

11 comments:

Haddock said...

Am about to finish 2 States and once that is over, I will be writing a post on it.

Chica said...

Even I was vary about reading 2 states, but u cant deny it is rather hilarious !!!

Anil P said...

A long list. The best thing about being on a vacation is the opportunity to indulge in books.

Yasmine Zedan said...

an inspiring photo as usual..hope u enjoy the books :)
nowadays i'm reading (three cups of tea)..

Shalini said...

Haddock, looking forward to reading your review.

Chica, I agree, bits are quire funny. I like the portion set in Chennai the best.

Anil, yes, always nice to catch up with reading on vacations.

Yasmine, thanks....and I just got done with reading the sequel to 3 Cups of Tea....Stones into Schools.

Tanya said...

Ive just bought 'The Climb' about the ill-fated Everest climb in 96 in which NZder Rob Hall died from Anatoli Boukreev's point of view (the same event the better known 'Into Thin Air'-which I have already read- by Jon Krakauer is about). I'd love to read 'Think Everest' too. It'll have to wait tho because I'm still reading Travels by the late Michael Crichton about why he quit med school and began to travel, where he went and what he learnt.
I also bought 'The Tribe' by Bruce Parry which follows and chronicles his attempts to live with and understand tribes in Gabon, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Mongolia and Venezuela.
I enjoyed seeig what you're reading as their are no libraries here and only one new bookshop and a couple of expensive 2nd hand ones I usually buy books on our trips to Singapore or home to NZ its nice to go armed with some suggestions else I could spend hours....

Shalini said...

Tanya, your list sounds so interesting. I recommend you read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, which is about his story after a failed attempt at K2 and how he starts an organization to set up schools in remote areas of Pakistan.

I just finished reading the sequel to it, Stones into Schools...also very good.

Toni said...

I just ordered the Summer Book after you mentioned it (I read the description on Amazon and it sounds like my cup of tea!)..can't wait :)

Shalini said...

That's great Toni. Hope you enjoy it as I did!

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

its ages since i read dear...sad.lucky you

Shalini said...

Laksh, Lol, making the most of my free time at present!