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classicssmall

I have participated in Classics Challenge 2009 hosted by Trish .I love classics and couldn’t stop myself from signing up. I finished Vanity Fair last month so I will be adding it in the list.

This is my list of Classics for the challenge :

1. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

2 Lady Susan by Jane Austen

3 Silas Marner by George Eliot

4 Journey To The Center Of The Earth – Jules Verne

5 Iliad – Homer

Movies And Books

Posted: May 24, 2009 in Movies

These days I am gobbling up books like anything..I have these off and on days when I feel the utmost need of reading . The great reviews on so many book blogs have made me pick up books lying on my bookshelf since long time now. One such book is The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I had it lying around for sometime now but on reading the review on Ramya’s blog I promptly picked it up and I am really happy that I did as it is turning out be a real winner..Won’t say more till I have completed it.

The other book that I have taken up is the Barbara Taylor Bradford epic ‘The Woman Of Substance’ .I wouldn’t have ventured to try it, had I not seen a trailer of the series which had been telecast as a 3 part TV series long time back .I stumbled upon it on YouTube. The thought of watching the series ,rather then reading the book crossed my mind but then again I knew, it wouldn’t be the same. I guess I took the right decision because this way I am able to imagine the characters as I read and understand them rather then having the directors version on watching them.I have had some bad experiences with books that have been televised. I had to reread the book just to get back my taste , which had been spoilt totally by the directors rather crude or insensitive view.

Here’s my list of Top 5 books that I loved watching in form of a movie or a TV series:

Gone With The Wind
Though the story was slightly different in the book, loved it for its magnificence and beauty.Characters were so well dramatised that I just fell in love with it all over again.Clark Gable just stole my heart away.

The Joy Luck Club
Simple story of 4 Chinese immigrant women and their daughters, who connect to each other on so many levels is retold in really simple yet heart touching way.

Schindler’s List
A personal favourite.Though not a comfort to watch..

Only Love
This Erich Segal book was made into a 2 part movie for Hallmark channel with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow. The story of 3 people whose lives take them through tests of love ,making us sit back and think what would you do to save the life of one you love.Would be ready to give up the relationship if that would save them? I cried like a baby on watching this.

Lord Of The Rings
Magnificient ….The visuals are simply out of this world and story simply fabulous..

This is my list do tell me yours..

the man

The Man by Irving Wallace is my dad’s recommendation. The by line of the book said, ” You are cordially invited to the Impeachment Trial of America’s First Black President” I was hooked and by the end of the book,was totally floored.

This book published in 1964 , talked about a black president and also a impeachment trial . Looks as if Wallace prophesied future , because a impeachment trial was held for a president 35 years later but for nearly same reasons as depicted in the book..

In 1964 , writing about a black president in a fiction, brought about life threats to the author but today President Obama sits in the White house to prove that Wallace wasn’t entirely wrong about America having a black President..

The book is centred around a soft spoken ,well mannered Douglas Dillman who finds himself in the White House due to a series of accidents. Being the President comes with a price. A publicity shunning simple man finds that here, nothing is sacred.The buried skeletons of his past start appearing before him even as he is trying to get the grip of the situation he has landed into. His son who accuses him of being conservative and a run away daughter who is struggling with her own mental demons makes it a more trying task..To top it all,there is a impeachment trial at the heart of the story which makes for a wonderful climax .

Well written characters and a clear understanding of the government workings make this book a great read.

This book was burnt in some states when it was released but went on to become a NYT bestseller. A James Earl Jones movie was based on the book. A short movie though, compared to the size of the book 🙂

I would definitely recommend this book. Though big in size is still worth the time..

Happy reading..

Even though I used to read lots of comics and fairy tales , in real sense the First book that got me hooked for life would be my all time favorite Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. It was a hand down book for me. My cousin had received it as a gift on his 11th birthday and he had stashed it in the corner of his cupboard . After a few years when he went off to college to complete his B.E ,my uncle had his cupboard cleaned and found some books which were handed over to me( Ya my love for books was known to all). I must have been 9 years old at that time..I lost no time to start reading and I got so engrossed in to the world of books that I made my parents get me all the books written by Louisa Alcott in the next 15 days and I finished them all..This was how I got introduced in to the World of Classics..

Book Review:

This is a story which endears itself to every girl ,young or old who reads it. It represents the joys and the hazards of growing up through the eyes of the 4 protagonists namely Meg , Jo , Beth and little Amy. These sisters go through their everyday activities cheerfully during the American Civil War with the support of a caring and loving mother and the companionship of their neighbour Laurie. Its all about their attachments , their problems ,family crises and more importantly their love for one another..

My favorite among the sisters is Jo.. She is the man of the family.A tom boy who loves to read . Anything girly is repelled by her instantly. I always considered her as the heroine of the story and rightly so as it is her story that is carried forward in the sequels..
It will definitely cheer up the spirit of one who picks this book to read..

Happy reading..

First Encounter

Posted: May 22, 2009 in Random Musings
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Thomas Jefferson said “I cannot live without books.”


Books are the best friends we can make .For me this friendship started very early.It definitely helps when you have 3 generations of book lovers in the family.


I was a proud owner of set of comics and story books when was just one year old (not that I read any at that age!). Dad wanted to inculcate the habit of reading in me , so in spite of my mom’s words of caution ,against it ,he got me a big bundle of books. They still tell me that ,the minute I saw the handsome bundle I very enthusiastically took each of those books and drew colorful circles all over them and once I was satisfied with my art ,I tore them in to non symmetrical pieces and spread them all around me ,so that all could see and praise my art.. Dad has saved those pieces to remind me of my first tryst with books 🙂


I absolutely love reading.No matter what’s the theme. When my friends started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys, I was already on my way to the Jane Austen section. The love for books was so much that I asked for books as birthday gifts rather then anything else.


Here I would like to discuss the books that I have read over the years ,along with the ones I have picked up recently .My little cousin loves books as much as I do and it was her idea that made me start this blog.She has also asked me to put up a list of books, which I feel ,she and her friends would like to read or should read.


So dearest Anu this blog is dedicated to you sweety:)



Books are the best friends we can make and for me the friendship started very early.It definitely helps when you have 3 generations of book lovers in the family.
I was a proud owner of set of comics and story books when was just one year old (not that I read any at that age!). Dad wanted to inculcate the habit of reading in me , so in spite of my mom’s words of caution ,against it ,he got me a big bundle of books. They still tell me that ,the minute I saw the handsome bundle I very enthusiastically took each of those books and drew colorful circles all over them and once I was satisfied with my art ,I tore them in to non symmetrical pieces and spread them all around me ,so that all could see and praise my art.. Dad has saved those pieces to remind me of my first tryst with books 🙂
I absolutely love reading.No matter what’s the theme. When my friends started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys, I was already on my way to the Jane Austen section. The love for books was so much that I asked for books as birthday gifts rather then anything else.
Here I would like to discuss the books that I have read over the years ,along with the ones I have picked up recently .My little cousin loves books as much as I do and it was her idea that made me start this blog.She has also asked me to put up a list of books, which I feel ,she and her friends would like to read or should read.
So dearest Anu this blog is dedicated to you sweety:Thomas Jefferson said “I cannot live without books.” Me too….
Books are the best friends we can make and for me the friendship started very early.It definitely helps when you have 3 generations of book lovers in the family.
I was a proud owner of set of comics and story books when was just one year old (not that I read any at that age!). Dad wanted to inculcate the habit of reading in me , so in spite of my mom’s words of caution ,against it ,he got me a big bundle of books. They still tell me that ,the minute I saw the handsome bundle I very enthusiastically took each of those books and drew colorful circles all over them and once I was satisfied with my art ,I tore them in to non symmetrical pieces and spread them all around me ,so that all could see and praise my art.. Dad has saved those pieces to remind me of my first tryst with books 🙂
I absolutely love reading.No matter what’s the theme. When my friends started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys, I was already on my way to the Jane Austen section. The love for books was so much that I asked for books as birthday gifts rather then anything else.
Here I would like to discuss the books that I have read over the years ,along with the ones I have picked up recently .My little cousin loves books as much as I do and it was her idea that made me start this blog.She has also asked me to put up a list of books, which I feel ,she and her friends would like to read or should read.
So dearest Anu this blog is dedicated to you sweety:)