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10 Day You Challenge- Day 7: 4 Books

Books are again one of my favorite past time and interests and given that I read a lot choosing 4 books becomes very difficult. Obviously both Urban Shots & Down The Road are not included in the list though they are special to me more than any other book. 🙂

So here goes the list of 4 books which I really loved-

1- One, Richard Bach– If there is a book which I think changed me as a person it was One. A lot of my world view was changed after reading this book.

2- Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand– There is so much written about this book that I cannot possibly add anything further. All I will say that I generally have some of my favorite excerpts of this book typed on my comp and I read it time and again when I get a chance.

3- Srimad Bhagvad Gita– This is one of the best philosophies of the world, I have read it couple of times and don’t think have a got even half of the essence in it. Every time I read this it brings out a different perspective in me.

4- Harry Potter Series- Again enough has already said about the HP series and how it takes the reader to the world of fantasy.

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10 Day You Challenge- Day 5: 6 Places

Now I am not the one who has traveled across the globe and seen a lot of places but in what ever places I have been here are my picks from those-

1- Kanpur– This is my home town and I have grown up there. A major contribution of who I am and what I am is courtesy this city. A lot of people who I consider my life support system share the essence of Kanpur with me. Though the city is on a decline because of all the crappy politicians who have taken charge of it but still the place adds a zing to my heart whenever I visit there and it will always remain home for me.

2- Pune – again is city which is very close to my heart. I have spent some very beautiful moments in Pune and some of my high points in life have happened in Pune.

3- Bangalore – This is the city where currently my life is. 🙂

4- Goa – Though I have not stayed there for a long time, but in a short trips which I have made to Goa the culture, life and beaches simply take over me.

5- Singapore– I know I am one of the people who find the concrete jungles lovely. And Singapore is an epitome of the concrete jungle. The kind of organized and orderly lifestyle the city has makes my heart yearn for being in Singapore.

6- Cliffs of Moher, Ireland– I visited the cliffs couple of months back and the view is simply difficult to get out of heads.

So before I close this post, I will leave you folks with the view of The Cliffs of Moher.

10 Day You Challenge- Day 4: 7 Wants


This time it’s all about 7 wants, the thing which makes this tag interesting is there is so much to choose from, selecting a few of them makes it very difficult. Like every other human being I too have an unending wish list. You know it is indeed very simple to want everything. So here I list the top 7 wants as of now-

1- Writing an international Best Seller– Come on for a writer there is nothing better than this. I don’t know why I don’t wish for a Man Booker or Nobel in English Literature but all I wish for right now is writing an international bestseller.

2- A BMW Z4 is the model which has all my fancy right now. You can see why don’t you?

3- A Tag Heuer or an Omega Watch– I have a fancy for watches and these two models right now simple make me go “I want it.”

4- A home like this one-

5- A Vacation on a cruise at least once a year

6- Barney Stinson’s Television– If you haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother, and not seen Barney’s TV. You must, its like a dream come true, imagine playing PS3/Xbox or watching movies on it.

7- A La Z Boy Recliner


Phew! This was difficult seems like your wants change a lot with time. A few years before when I used to be a bachelor my wants could have been the images search result for “Hot European Models” 🙂
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10 Day You Challenge- Day 3: 8 Fears

So I am back with 8 fears I have; which is a bit tricky because I am not sure that I am actually afraid of that many things or people.

1- God– actually it is not God that I fear, but the fact that I believe that I have to face him after death and justify my actions and their purpose makes me afraid of doing something which I believe I won’t be able to justify to my lord.

2- Death– Though death is an ultimate reality which everyone has to face one day or the other, but the thought of losing my family & close ones to death is very scary.

3- Physical Incapacitation- I have always feared the prospect of taking care of myself physically because either being disabled due to an accident or old age. I have been pretty close to the first one when I met with an accident when I was 12 years old and met a major accident, and the doctor told me that had there been some more complications or injury they would have removed my left hand, the prospect of it though it never happened leaves jitters down my spine.

4- Fear of disappointing people who matter, I have done it before and that too more than once. There is nothing worse than letting down people who put their trust and faith on you and your abilities. I have been lucky to have been blessed with people who love me and put their trust on me and there is always a fear that even by mistake I shouldn’t let down that trust and faith.

5- Fear of Social Gatherings– I am not sure if I fear social gatherings or despise them. But the fact of the matter is if there is a plan to go to a social function I would always find an excuse to excuse myself.

6- Fear of snakes and other venomous animals

7- Fear of missing a flight or train– If I have a flight or a train for a journey, I am always afraid that I might miss the same. As a matter of fact there have been times I have not been able to sleep through the entire night just because I had to catch an early morning flight.

8- Fear of handling small babies– I get very psyched out and avoid holding very small babies. I have a great fear that I might hold the babies incorrectly or might drop them or hurt them. So I always ensure that if there is small baby around I do not hold him or her.

10 Day You Challenge- Day 2: 9 Loves


So day 2 of the 10 day you challenge is to post about 9 loves. Actually when I decided to do this challenge I thought it would be quite simple but as it seems now it wasn’t. I mean there are so many things one loves, and choosing 9 of them is indeed difficult.

1- My Parents, needless to say I am what I am because of them. And how much I love them cannot be described in words.

2- The Wifee since the time we got married ours have been a “give and take” relationship. She generally gives her piece of mind and I seem to be taking it most of the time. Now that I am taking all the pieces of mind (wondering what would happen when she wouldn’t be left with any) and storing them safely in my mind despite all the storage constraints in mine is only because I love her so much.

3- My Friends, now I couldn’t have survived without them. I am lucky to have a very close bunch of friends who I can depend on with my life. I am so thankful to lord, that my paths crossed the way they did and I could collect these pearls of friendship during the journey of my life.

4- My Car – There as in entire post dedicated to my first car. You can read about it here

5- My house– Again there is a post about it if you want to read it in detail here

6- My gadgets, I am a gadget lover I have an Ipod Touch, WII, PSP (recently gifted by Radio Indigo), Home Theatre, Canon Rebel T1i, and the list continues. All of the gadgets are something which I totally love and I can spend hours fiddling with them.

7- Coffee, now my love for coffee has been previous talked about on this blog and some other forums. I actually have a make shift coffee bar at home with an espresso machine, single origin coffees, flavors to enhance coffee and a collection of mugs.

8- My books, the readers of this blog would already know the amount of reading I do and I can assure you that I do not subscribe to a library or a rental service. So for the most part the books I read are purchased and I have a mini library at home. And as with all book lovers I am very possessive about my books.

9- My writing and this blog. All the stuff which I have written in this blog or in my books or outside it, I wrote them because I actually loved writing it. The writing is my way to express and unwind myself. I wouldn’t have been the person I am had it not been for my writing.

So these were the 9 people/things I love. Now on a different note, the narcissist I am it is very difficult not to love myself. So I love myself, for one simple reason I am effin’ awesome. Now those of you planning to debate that please look at the image below, by a “trusted website” who does a facial recognition and matches you to celebrities. I am 53% like George Clooney. So you know I AM AWESOME (readers are requested to conveniently ignore the fact that there is a 55% match with Omar Sharif). So I just need to lose these extra 20 kilos around my waist to become the female magnet what George Clooney is, right people?

A Long Time Ago

You know things friends do to you, they would themselves go on a break and before that they will tag you in a post so that you are back to blogging when they are enjoying their break. So Monix tagged me before going on her KitCat break. So here is the tag-
20 years ago I . . .
1. I drove a scooter for the first time in my life.
2. Joined PCVN (My school) and made some friends for life.
3. First and last time topped my class.

10 years ago I . . .
1. I left Kanpur to join engineering.
2. Stripped naked for the first time in public as a part of ragging.
3. Was in love with Diya Mirza, used to call her Diya Mirza Gupta and had a room wall covered with her posters and photographs.

5 years ago I . . .
1. Was selling Tata Indicom Mobile Phones in Chennai.
2. Learned how to watch a movie alone.
3. Started reading like a crazy maniac. Before this I used to read occasionaly one book a month kinds.

3 years ago I . . .
1. Completed my MBA and started my first job.
2. Registered the domain prats.co.in for this blog, before that it was ginger-n-cardamom.blogspot.com.
3. Got dumped by a girl. Twice. By the same girl 🙁

1 year ago I . . .
1. Bought my first house.
2. Got Married. 🙁
3. Was 8 Kgs lighter 🙁

So far this year I . . .
1. Have already done two holiday trips.
2. Have been rushed to the hospital for Nebulization.
3. finished reading 3 books already

Yesterday I . .
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1. I wrote a short story.
2. Skipped the commute and worked from home.
3. watched The Social Network.

Today I . . .
1. Reached office in time.
2. Kept playing a playlist of 5 peppy numbers over and over again during my entire day in office
3. am watching Dhobi Ghat.

Tomorrow I will . . .
1. Enjoy the republic day parade on TV, have been missing it since so many years.
2. Enjoy the holiday with Wifee.
3. Will watch a movie or some episodes of Big Bang Theory (It is an awesome series if you haven’t seen it)

In the next (coming) year I will . . .
1. Be reducing some weight and get back to regular exercising.
2. Will complete my first solo book as an author.
3. Will try to develop my spiritual self further.

A Book Tag Again

Ritu did this tag and I happily picked up from there and posted it on my blog.

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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 Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

28. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

29. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

30. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

31. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

32. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

33. Emma -Jane Austen

34. Persuasion – Jane Austen

35. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

36. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

38. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

39. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

40. Animal Farm – George Orwell

41. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

49. Atonement – Ian McEwan

50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

51. Dune – Frank Herbert

52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( I am wanting to read this since I have seen this book in the movie Serendipity but it keeps slipping off some how )

60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac

66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

71. Dracula – Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

74. Ulysses – James Joyce

75. The Inferno – Dante

76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

77. Germinal – Emile Zola

78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

79. Possession – AS Byatt

80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

86. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

93. Watership Down – Richard Adams

94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Score 27/100

Now that my score is lower than Ritu’s I don’t owe an explanation like she had to; but then it only shows how much more is left for me to read. I think life is unfair; one life so little time and so much to read.

Being The Bookie

Monika tagged me on this tag of books and supposedly there are two versions of it. Now that my love for books is evident to everyone; I couldn’t have ignored this tag so here I do the tag answering everything Monika has done

  1. Favorite childhood book? Oliver Twist, It was a part of my curriculum and I so loved it that I read it so many times during the year.
  2. What are you reading right now? The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  3. Bad book habit? – I like to finish books in a single sitting if possible. A lot of times if I pick a fast paced book I would keep reading it until I am finished forgetting everything else in the world. I read like 19hrs straight before I finished of Shantaram.
  4. Do you have an e-reader? – Nope and I don’t think I will buy one, though I have a kindle app on my phone but I like my books the traditional way.
  5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? I like reading a book at a time, too many books simultaneously cause distractions and loss of concentration enjoying the fine points of the book.
  6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I have started reading a lot more and yes most of the book lovers I know are through blogging.
  7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? The complete prose by Woody Allen, the book had some really great pieces of text but then given all the great things I have heard and read about Woody Allen the complete text was a disappointment.
  8. Favorite book you’ve read this year? The Difficulty of Being Good: The Subtle Art of Dharma by Gurucharan Das
  9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don’t have a comfort zone when it comes to books, I pick up anything and everything around me to read.
  10. What is your reading comfort zone? I don’t have a comfort zone, but I enjoy reading Non fiction, biographies, and Indian books.
  11. Can you read on the bus? Yes
  12. Favorite place to read? I love reading in coffee shops, there have been times when I used to simply visit a Costa Coffee and sit there reading books for entire day.
  13. What is your policy on book lending? I lend books to people on who I can trust they would treat the book with the same love and care I keep my books and would return them on time.
  14. Do you ever dog-ear books? Nope.
  15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? No only in some textbooks.
  16. Not even with text books? I used to in some textbooks.
  17. What is your favorite language to read in? English and Hindi
  18. What makes you love a book? Plot, Pace, Characters, Message, and Narrative
  19. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I like it I would recommend it.
  20. Favorite genre? Biographies & Philosophy
  21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) – Science fiction
  22. Favorite biography? Tough Choices- Carly Fiorina
  23. Have you ever read a self-help book? I have read some of Robin Sharma’s books but then not very fond of self help.
  24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Difficulty of Being Good: The Subtle Art of Dharma
  25. Favorite reading snack? I generally don’t eat while reading but still biscuits are allowed sometimes to munch while reading
  26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience –Dork, expected far better from Sidin given his social media campaign and blogs.
  27. How often do you agree with critics about a book? Professional critics I hardly read but a lot of like minded blog pals are ones I rely on for reviews
  28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don’t publish a review if it is very negative.
  29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? Farsi/Urdu, may be Spanish
  30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Thus Spake Zarathustra, I have read it  twice already and I don’t think I got it more than 10% of it.
  31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? None
  32. Favorite Poet? Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Rabindra Nath Tagore.
  33. Favorite fictional character? Harry Potter
  34. Favorite fictional villain? Lord Voldemort
  35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Indian Authors
  36. The longest I’ve gone without reading – 7or 8 Years, this was between the time I was born and I got into the habit of regular reading.
  37. Name a book that you could/would not finish– The Republic by Plato (I don’t think I am ready for it yet)
  38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Wife
  39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Godfather, 3 Idiots, Harry Potter, The Day of Jackal, Devil Wears Prada
  40. Most disappointing film adaptation? Da Vinci Code, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge etc. It is a long list .
  41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? The day I will buy the complete set of Amar Chitra Katha around 10k
  42. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Never
  43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? I complete a book which I have started; I would leave it if it is very boring or incomprehensible.
  44. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes
  45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I keep the books and I dream to make a huge library in my house.
  46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Not really.
  47. Name a book that made you angry – Den of Thieves, It’s a Pulitzer prize winner which takes us through the insider trading scandal which shook the wall street. After reading about that account and the things which have happened in the Sub-Prime crisis seriously ticked me off against the crimes committed by the Armani clad wall street bankers.
  48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Almost Single by Advait Kala, Sea Swept by Nora Roberts (This was gifted to me by a very dear friend just to find how does a guy like me find reading chicklets)
  49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? Dork, Running From Safety by Richard Bach
  50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Calvin and Hobbes Dilbert, Sidney Sheldon, Jeffery Archer, John Grisham, and Indian Auhtors

And that brings us to the end of the original tag and now starts modified version

Books I love or “the ones I can read again and again and again and…..”

  • One: This is one book I have read multiple times and I believe the philosophy in it affected and shaped my life to quite an extent during my younger years. A brilliant piece of philosophy and an awesome book to read.
  • Shantaram : A riveting story, awesome one liners and the perfect setup of the old Bombay.  Is mein sab kuch hai, action hai, drama hai, romance hai, underworld hai, terrorism hai, comedy hai aur hum jaise Indians ko kya chahiye?
  • Five Point Someone : A lot of people criticize my love for this book but then every time I read it I am transported back to my engineering college days. I can so relate to the characters, setup, the mentality and a lot of other things in the book; It is very difficult for me not to love the book every time I read it.
  • Gitanjali: My love for English poetry forces me to read a lot of them and this masterpiece by our own Nobel laureate is simply a masterpiece. Brilliant philosophy, equally good poetries and better lessons in life from the great man himself; I don’t have a choice to take out the book and read couple of poetries every now and then,
  • Malgudi Days: Anyone who has read this book would know why you can simply read it again and again.
  • Q & A: this is a brilliant piece of fiction by an Indian Author. It is perfect story which would have all elements and will make you fall in love with the characters.

And as Mon said there are many many many more books I love but I think I will stop here for two reasons – I have spent way too much time on this post and its way too long and also I should leave some for you my dear book loving friends

Books I love to hate:

  • Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things” one of the books I had to struggle hard to finish but the booker awarded to it makes it very difficult to ignore.

Books that left me underwhelmed:

  • Catch 22- I don’t know why but I absolutely got bored of the book. It was too slow and boring for my taste.

Well for tagging other people, if you love books and you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

Unscramble

So Pal started this challenge of Unscrambling words here and I was a proud winner of the challenge. Now winning had a catch, that I had to start my own challenge here. These are the rules-

Now, your CHALLENGE is: Proud recipients of the F-Un-Scrambler Golden rolling Trophy are HEREBY TAGGED to put up a similar post with scrambled/jumbled words!! No rules/conditions apply. It just has to be jumbled words or jumbled letters or both, the way you like it!!

Do remember to link back to this original post though, so we maintain continuity.

And here is the trophy-

Now the part of my Challenge, this is what is a scrambled line-

I feel you Instrumentation lyric

Pointer- This is a very famous line from a cartoon script.

So people decipher the line….

My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes

So IHM started this brilliant tag and I was tagged by Monika in this one. To complete the tag IHM says-
If You Are a Man-

Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects?

As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?

So here’s a tag – Please list at least ten things you have ever wanted or done which your gender is not supposed to.

As the readers of the blog would already know, I am not the kinds who could be stereotyped as feminist’s delight. Somehow my feminists friends do not get very thrilled by my radical ideas of gender equality so I believe in the bias. People who are deciding to blast me right away, have taken out their knifes and shovels out may keep then inside; remember chivalry is also a kind of chauvinism and somehow women around me love it. And I don’t mind doing it for people around me for whom I care. Coming back to the tag I thought it might be difficult for me complete the tag. But there is no harm in trying so here goes my list

  • I have a strong liking for Sunglasses, I have 6 pair of glasses currently as a part of my wardrobe
  • I have a again a huge collections of fragrances which I love to use, and I cannot decide amongst my favorites perfumes from UCB, CK, Azzaro, Burberry, Davidoff, and Ralph Lauren so I have them all
  • I simply love chocolate. I have a craving for chocolate and I need to have a chocolate dessert then
  • I love to read.
  • I like watching Sitcoms and Romantic Comedy Movies
  • One of real life role models is Carly Fiorina who is a woman
  • I Enjoy Shopping
  • I like buying shoes, though I don’t have one matching every dress but I do enjoy shoe shopping
  • I use a sunscreenin summers
  • I freak out over my weight increases beyond two Kgs, though I might not do anything about it but I would be generally bothered about it
  • Now comes the tough part, finding bloggers who haven’t done this tags. I can think of only two bloggers who haven’t taken this one, so Reema & Deepti you are tagged 🙂