Asian Writers

June is dedicated to authors with ASIAN of books in this category will be posted all month....

Monday, December 31, 2012

Through the Looking Glass – my entry to the GetPublished contest

The Idea -
A pivotal day in the life of Kriti and Pankaj, a couple in their mid-thirties.
Kriti (a freelance consultant), and Pankaj (top brass in one of the multi-national firms in the city) married life is an epitome of the perfect urban family. Rich and popular they are the cynosure of their friends and family.  But is their love and happiness merely a fa├žade? Is there an ugly truth that lies hidden behind the walls of their penthouse?
Life throws a curveball at them in the form of a freak accident.  Facing a life-death situation, the couple is forced to relook at their life and to take a decision that will forever change their lives.
What makes it real –
Many modern day couples are caught in this quandary – when love takes a backseat and other trivial things gain importance. This story is a reflection of such marriages which wither away until jolted out of the rut by a life changing event and are forced to take a decision.
Excerpt -
 Kirti looked at the creases on his forehead. The lines were new, not that she was sure. It had been a long, long time ago that she had gazed at him in this way. Her eyes wandered over to his face. A day old stubble had already begun to make its appearance. The white hair gleamed in the full moon’s beam. He was getting old, she realized. Funny, the thought had never entered her head over these years. For her their marriage clock had stopped ticking years ago.
Pankaj caught her staring at him, and hastily she averted her eyes, turning her face away from him.
“Aaaaahhh…” she screamed, pushing her hands into the rocky ground. The pain was unbearable.
“Don’t move!” he spoke with a sense of urgency that had a hint of pleading. “Lie still and it will be less painful”
Endnote: This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.

A Near Miss... :-(

I have reached the deadline for the A-Z Challenge and unfortunately I couldn't complete it...
Given that I was doing good till mid-year, I can only blame my lack of focus that led to this derailment...

Which kind of sucks now as I fell short by 1 book. I have read half of Xanadu: A quest and half of Northanger Abbey ( I dont think I could have finished this book eitherways)

But there were some significant changes in my personal life that caused this. And in the following months, my reading time will take a further lesser books, lesser reviews.

But thats ok, I am still happy with the number of books I did manage to complete and some of the most amazing books that I got to read..which after all is the purpose of a reading challenge isn't it?

So on this sort of happy note, I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous 2013...keep reading!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was distressed, disturbed, disillusioned. I considered myself a reader who was not common - a reader who read by day and by night, skipping homework to loose myself in the pages of a book, sneaking under the duvet cover with a flashlight to escape notice. Pleading with friends and relatives for books of any kind and in any condition. As an adult, I excuse myself from family time to go bury myself in books. I gladly give up on a tele or a movie just to be able to read a few pages. At work every tiny coffee break is swapped for reading an e-book.

And all of that came crashing down as I slowly made my way through the pages of this thin book (relatively thin). A shocking realization swept through my body. I was not a common reader. I was several rungs below a common reader if Anne Fadiman was to be believed.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Year in Provence

Its about reading a life that you have always dreamt about - minus the hiccups and hurdles.

I picked this book up using the same logic that has been driving all my selections this year -
a) Does it help me finish my A-Z challenge? and
b) if it is yes for (a) then does it fit in my budget and
c) Does the book get good reviews

A Year in Provence has a check against all the above. I got at a discounted deal from HomeShop18, the book got good reviews and as it started with "Y" a letter that I had not yet read, I picked it up without second thoughts.

As St. Augustine says " ”The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” and since at this point the chances of my travelling to France are slim (not that I won't love to go there...) the next best thing to do is to read about it.

In this entertaining, light-hearted travelogue that was written apparently accidentally, the author (Peter Mayle) recounts his first year in Provence, a small, friendly gastronomically charged village. With his wife and two dogs, he starts by settling into a 200 year old farmhouse and thus begins his eye-opening journey.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The World according to John Irving

New Hampshire, life altering catastrophes, incest, prostitutes, bears - icons of the world of John Irving. An author I love and hate at the same time.
I had a reading phase when all I would do is read Irving's books. He has till date 12 published books, he is working on the 13th one and I have a lot of craziness yet to lap up.

But since my next complete review of a book (A Year in Provence) is not going to happen in the next few days, this blog is about some of the quirky books of John Irving that I have read (or attempted to!).

The World According to Garp
A truly unique book, one of its kind. It begins with Garp's mother fu*ing a comatose soldier so that she could conceive without the usual baggage of a companion. The very first chapter is an indication of what is to unfold in the pages of the book. It talks about a mother-son relationship, gayhood, struggling and successful writers and the tough life both have. If you havent read it, then please do. I can assure you its nothing like you would have ever read in your life. And its not a wonder that it makes it to the top 100 books one must read before they die.