Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WWW Wednesday 4 (25th September 2013)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, you just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers to the above questions are:

What are you currently reading? I am reading "Zoli" by Colum McCann. I had picked up the book at a book stall just by reading the blurb.

What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished reading 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini-- my review at Book Review: The Kite Runner. I am still in the book hangover.
 
What do you think you'll read next? Well, I do not know yet. I am planning to get a couple fresh books. So let's see.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Liebster Nomination: The chain blog award

This came as a surprise :) I have been nominated for the sweet Liebster Award by my friend cum fellow blogger Dreamz and Clouds. Thanks a bunch girl!

On receiving this nomination, I set out to find out what this award is really all about. Liebster Award is an award for upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers and for who someone believes deserve some recognition for their blogging. This is a good way to encourage people to visit new/interesting blogs. Some trivia about this award are:
  • The word 'Liebster' is german and means dearest, sweetheart, beloved and boyfriend (really!).
  • It is a chain award, that is, it needs to be passed on.
  • One can either accept this award and pay it forward, or refuse it and interrupt the chain.
  • There have been variations to the rules over time.
  • This award is by the bloggers, of the bloggers and for the bloggers!

The rules of the award are -
  1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them
  2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
I am accepting this lovely award and going to play along :) So here are the rules and I am abiding by them:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them--Done
  • Here are my answers to the 10 questions given by my nominator:
  1. What do you like best about blogging?: It gives me wings to my thoughts and enables me to express what I feel and the number of things that go on in my mind and heart. It relieves me from the weight of my emotions.
  2. What is your favourite post on your own blog till now? The house that became home
  3. Are you a tea or coffee person ?: Coffee.
  4. What did you want to be when you were little?: An architect! (Lol)
  5. Three things you would not leave home without?: My wallet, a bottle of water and my cellphone.
  6. What makes you happy?: A good book, writing, watching a movie in the cinema hall and buying a pair of shoes!
  7. What is the most craziest/different thing you have done that even you had not expected of yourself?: Nothing as of now.
  8. What is the name of the book/movie (or both) that touched you the most?: (Books) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Like The Flowing River by Paulo Coelho.
  9. What is your dream destination?: The world!
  10. If you were granted three magic wishes, what would you wish for?: Health of my family, world travel with my husband and a trip to the outer space.
  • My nominations for the Liebster Award are as follows:
  1. Through My Eyes
  2. Dialect of Heart  
  3. A Dreamer's Dreams
  4. She Connects-The Blog 
  • My 10 questions for my nominees are as follows:
  1. What is the last movie you watched?
  2. What is the one thing you would like to do before you die?
  3. Which is your favourite season?
  4. What is the name of the book you loved reading but the hated the movie based on it?
  5. What did you have for breakfast today?
  6. What is your favourite cartoon character?
  7. Are you a morning person or a night person?
  8. What is your favourite flower?
  9. If you decide to keep a dog (new one if you already have one or more), what would you name him/her?
  10. What do you prefer--the sea or the mountains?
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.--Done

Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: The Kite Runner

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"For you, a thousand times over"

I lovvvvvveeeed this book!! I had watched the movie few years back but was yet to read the book. I loved the movie too but it did not touch me the way the book did. Of course it never does, right!

I loved Hassan and hated Amir for hurting him. And I would love to know if Sohrab finally opens himself up to Amir and Soraya. The story is not really a happy one. But it is one which will touch your heart and demand a space in your thoughts for a long time. It is about love, trust, jealousy, friendship, brotherhood, courage and cowardice.It is about how these emotions experienced in childhood can carve out your entire life, how childhood can make who you are.

And yes, the author is an excellent storyteller. He is truly gifted. I love the way he can make you feel the emotions of the characters through his simple words.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thankful & Grateful=Happy

Each time I go out of my home and see people around, I realize how privileged I have been. Sometimes when we drive back home late at night after a movie or an outing, I see people sleeping on the pavements, peddlers returning home on their bicycles or carts after selling ice-cream, balloons and knick-knacks the whole day. Noticing such small things makes me thank the Almighty one more time.

Happiness and peace of mind had always been an intriguing quest for mankind. We are usually unhappy when we are not satisfied with what we have and always strive to live someone else's life. And consequently complaining about every other thing in life has always been a natural trait of mankind.

Ma always taught us to compare our lives with people who are less privileged than us. She says that way we will always be happy and thankful for what we already have. And how right she is! We never forget to ask the Almighty for something in our prayers. But how many of us actually remember to thank Him for what we have?

I am thankful and grateful to the Almighty for many things starting with the gift of life itself. I am so immensely grateful to the Lord for:
  • My parents
  • My grandparents
  • My loving family 
  • Health 
  • A rational mind
  • Decent food everyday
  • A comfortable home giving protection from every season
  • Water and electricity
  • A happy childhood
  • Social security
  • Opportunity for education
  • Ability to earn a livelihood
  • Freedom of speech, thought and movement
  • Reason to smile everyday
Of course the above list is not at all exhaustive. I am thankful to Him for everything He has given me and for making me who I am. Even though I am trying to practice the art of happiness, I am still an early student in this important field and have a long way to go.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WWW Wednesday 3 (4th September 2013)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, you just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers to the above questions are:

What are you currently reading? I am reading "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. I had watched the movie long back but was yet to read the book. I have started yesterday.





What did you recently finish reading? Since my last WWW Wednesday post, I have read 3 books:
'A Quiver of Arrows' by Jeffery Archer-- my review at http://natasha-pointstoponder.blogspot.in/2013/08/book-review-quiver-full-of-arrows.html
'And The Mountains Echoed' by Khaled Hosseini-- my review at http://natasha-pointstoponder.blogspot.in/2013/08/book-review-and-mountains-echoed.html
'Interpreter of Maladies' by Jhumpa Lahiri-- my review at  http://natasha-pointstoponder.blogspot.in/2013/09/book-review-interpreter-of-maladies.html

What do you think you'll read next? Well, I do not know yet. I am planning to get a couple fresh books. So let's see.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Book Review: Interpreter of Maladies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book is a compilation of 9 books by the author. All the stories are kind of melancholic. All of them involve Bengali characters and except 2 of them, the characters are NRIs.

A Temporary Matter: It is about a young couple are drifting apart after the birth of their still-born child.

When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine: The backdrop is the Indo-Pak war of 1972 when Bangladesh was born. The story is through the eyes of a young girl to whose house Mr. Pirzada, a gentleman from East Pakistan (later Bangladesh), came to dine regularly.

Interpreter of Maladies: It involves a part-time tourist guide in Orissa who works as interpreter for the local doctor to understand the Gujrati patients. The story is about his encounter with a young NRI couple and their three children.

A Real Durwan: It is about an old lady who cleans the stairs of a residential building and stays in the same by the main gate.

Sexy: It is about extra-marital affairs and the agonies involved.

Mrs. Sen's: Mrs. Sen is learning to drive for convenience in a foreign land and also babysits a young boy at her home.

This Blessed Home: A young couple moves to a new house after marriage and finds religious artifacts left by the previous owners in unexpected places.

The Treatment of Bibi Halder: A young woman suffers from some undiagnosed ailment since childhood. And people around her try to help her.

The Third and Final Continent: A man moves out of his country to make his life and his encounter with a very old American lady. This one is my favourite story of all and is the only one which is not really sad.