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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


I have been tagged by Akshay. And here it goes:

1. Book that changed your life:
Hmm. Well many books have influenced me and my thought process. But to pick just one that completely changed me.. that would be impossible. I havent read such a book yet :). But to be a sport I'll list some that at various stages in my life have made me think about what I believe in.
Mahabharata - C. Rajagopalachari. I read this as a kid many times over. I think it still remains my favourite story to date.
The Hidden Flower - Pearl Buck. Shattered quite a few of my teenage romantic notions.
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand. I dont plan to ever re-read this book. It can only be read and enjoyed while you are in college and believe you are a rebel.
Harry Potter - J.K Rowling. I rediscovered my childhood joys at 24.
Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham. Simply brilliant. It had to be mentioned simply because he writes so beautifully that it astonished me beyond words.

2. Book you have read more than once: This is a toughie. There are soo many of them. But the most number of times would have to be Malory Towers - ALL the terms by Enid Blyton and I guess pretty much all the book by her have kept me very very busy through summers in High school.

3. Book I'd take to a deserted island: Haha. I steal Axe's choice here :) The HItchhikers guide to the galaxy - complete set. I treied reading it a few years ago and I didnt get it at all. Being stuck on a deserted island with it is the only way ill ever get it I think :). And Also Ernest Hemmingways - For whom the Bells Toll. Over the last two years I am half way through it. Its too heavy. A deserted island alone will help me appreciate its beauty.:)

4. Book that made you laugh
: Three Men in a boat - Jerome.K.Jerome. P.G Wodehouse's Blanding Castle books. I am talking about Loud rolling on the floor laughing reading these books.

5. Book that made you cry: I dont cry over books. I weep for characters. :). Again so many. Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez.. I remember I was reading this book out loud when we were driving to Grand Canyon. My friend and colleague was reading the book at the same time in Spanish. And reading just like that I started crying. But I am a sucker for some characters. Oh I cried so much when Sirius Black died.

6. Book I wish I had written
: Hmm...Would have to be Life of Pi - Yann Martel. Simply because its underlying message is everything I believe in :) and i wouldlove to write about the power of believing sometime :).

7. Book I wish had never been written : None. There are many bad books pointless books that I have read - but really I never wish that they didnt exist.

8. Book I am currently reading
: I just finished The gospel according to Jesus Christ - Jose Saramogo. The book thats in my bag right now that I am starting is A Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad gift from my tagger :). The book club book I am supposed to be reading is Cats cradle - Kurt Vonnegut.

9. Book I have been meaning to read
: Tons actually. But now after i am done with the number 8 - next in queue are Haroun and the Sea of stories - Salman Rushdie and The Argumentative Indian - Amartya Sen. Oh and to finish reading Freakanomics.

10. Tagging
: Everyone who reads this blog. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting books. Please leave me a message saying you will post it and Ill come check out your booklist.


  • very good list..ill probably pick up a couple of these at BN this weekend and start reading.. :)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

  • Glad to be useful Kathik - Do post your list as well :)

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 1:24 PM  

  • i've been meaning to read some work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a while...and Haroun and the sea of stories...anyways, this is not a tag but a link to a set of books i've found worthwhile...http://parallellworlds.blogspot.com/2005/08/books-english.html

    By Blogger frissko, at 11:29 PM  

  • Great meme and I have enjoyed reading your responses! I'm so glad you chose "Of Human Bondage" as one of those books that changed your life, for it sure did mine!

    I am going to have to look for C. Rajagopalachari's "Mahabaratha" - it's time for a re-read of that wonderful story.

    Hope you will blog more about books, I'm such a book nut! :)

    By Blogger Lotus Reads, at 3:22 AM  

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