Saturday, November 29, 2008

Recent reading.

Gosh its been a long while since I've put up an update on all the reading I've been upto, lets see I've almost lost count over the past months. So here's a short summary while I get back in groove:

1. Bitter Chocolate - Pinky Virani
"Good" would be a strange way of describing a book thats on Child Sexual Abuse. But it is certainly a book that needed writing, and if it leaves you with a not so nice feeling in the pit of the stomach, well thats certainly needed. That its a problem thats huge and horribly under - reported is something which we realised in our school days.
And it was funny how, when monsoon wedding came out, so many of us immediately caught on to the sub plot, simply at the first scene. No easy answers, but yes it happens, with people you'd trust, heck mostly with people you'd trust.
Essential reading for all parents. 

2. Agatha Christie
Sparkling cyanide, good wholesome fare as usual !
Black coffee - interesting, this one was originally a play, and was later adapted by someone else as a novel, nice all the same.

3. Johnny & the Bomb- Terry Pratchett
A kiddies book, but I quite enjoyed it. I guess I haven't grown up much !

4.  The Shining - Stephen King
Well written and a good read. More so, because I've never been much of a fan of the horror genre, either in books or movies. Still I thought this one was well written, and just the right mix of horrifying and good ol story telling. 

I'm sure I've read a few others recently and forgotten. Will update if I can remember. 

For now I'm taking a short break from reading. In fact I'm trying to take a short break from reading, tv and rationing internet if possible ( this is what is called a stretch goal) 

Will just try to catch my breath back, the past few months have been umm - for lack of a better word - packed. 

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Another day

another day, another night

the same reactions - bewilderment, dismay, anger, helplessnes , frustration, .. fury? 

i don't know what to feel anymore. or say. 

i don't think the numbers matter, or the absurd coverage. 

whats awful, is that the only allowable term for mass murders, used to be called 'war' between 'sides' throughout millenia. It was in war, that you could kill germans, burn witches, guerrila attack us terrorists. There was a side you chose, and you killed the other side. Sure there was collateral damage. But there were sides.

It is no longer so. because there are no sides. we just have hooligans, sure they invoke their dear damned religion, and  but at the end of the day, they are a bunch of trigger happy hooligans.  Of course, they are trying hard to hide that, and to create sides, and i guess succeeding. 

I'm on the fence as usual. Maybe by the end of their antics, they will manage to firmly create the sides. Then we can all live happily, hating the other side. Maybe I'll also end up falling to one side. 

And then again, maybe I won't. 



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quantum of Solace

Is probably so named, because thats what it leaves you yearning for, :) I doubt if poor bond got so much as a quantum of it. 

I'm not much of a bond movies fan, I tend to watch them without too much analysis, giving reason a wide berth. Like the cartoons, the Tom and Jerry's where no matter what happens, Jerry remains the same , so does Bond, not a scratch that lasts beyond 2 days.  

Its good fun tho, the whole idea of the invincible hero, taking on the baddies, decade after decade, bedding fresh females, trying new toys like invisible cars ( hmm now those were missing in this one) and generally having a blast in endless action sequences. 

Although if you ask me, I'd enjoy the cartoons a shade better , if they had a female protagonist, bedding younger ( oh much younger, no wrinkles!) males, who of course should conviniently die horrible deaths to give the correct "oh my god" feeling. And she could generally be having a good time beating up the baddies, trying new weapons, saving the hero, the world, and maybe even the romulan empire , all in a days work. 

But then as always I'm a minority of 1. Sigh too bad, no harm in dreaming that some day there'll be movies with me as target audience! 

 

Saturday, November 01, 2008

drafts

was just trying to add a new post, and realised I've left so many drafts in the past month. whats wrong? or is it just a reflection of all the things i leave mid way in life? ( I've started the analysis, but i don't think i'll be completing it!) 

books, movies left unreviewed - when i began this blog, I'd promised myself, i'd keep a regular record of that, something i can come back to later and reflect on as time passes. so haven't done that recently. 

for now, if there's one word that can describe me , its - tiiiiirrrred. just so tired. some day i will get a good nights' sleep. some day soon. 

in other news i've had a formal status change. i'm happy, even if i can't quite explain why! :)

time for sleep now!