I am thinking of asking the bank where the salary slip comes to auto transfer the money at month beginning to Shopper Stop’s(and through them Crosswords) coffers considering how berserk one has been going at both these establishments of the late stocking up on things one doesnt need.
So what have we been devouring?
1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Prof.Obvious indeed! The book claims we never ask the highly successful people-the outliers the correct question-their success is not because of who they are but rather is a function of where they came from. In short
No wonderful surprises there but the book is told in a lucid fashion with simple language and enough anecdotal evidences to keep you hooked till the last chapter where the book turns autobiographical. The other interesting and I guess new theory propounded in the book is that it takes 10,000 hours of experience at any art/work for one to become truly good at it,abilities aside. Yes he has put a figure to it-10,000 hours.
All these theories are propounded not in so-bored-i-can-sleep-with-eyes-open fashion but interesting stories from life (though primarily American) of people we have admired for long as well as curious stats. Sample, why are most Canadian hockey players or American baseball players born in the months of January to March? No Linda Goodman’s star signs has nothing to do with it 🙂
2. Don’t lose your mind, lose your weight by Rujuta Diwekar
Rujuta for those who arent as celebrity obsessed as me happens to be the lady behind Kareena’s size zero figure. Her diet advice is mostly sensible but its her english that is terrible, horrible and every other adjective which can convey similar emotions. We read how Karisma was dabaoing(Rujuta’s favorite word by frequency of appearence) chips, she was doubtful if a client was line maroing her or Kareena’s “Shit ya“. You recoil at what is equivelant of literary lunch comprising Cheeseburst pizza with bucket of Pepsi being thrust at you through the Hinglish she uses.
In case you dont have the patience of going through the book, the four mantras are:
1. Do not begin your day with tea/coffee
2. Eat every 2 hours. Not elephantine meals but mini meals and 3 regular ones.
3. Exercise. (Yeah no escape)
4. I forgot. I think it was to be happy.Errr…
3. The woman who thought she was a planet by Vandana Singh
I think the book jacket is very wrong in proclaiming this as a Sci-Fi collection. Its more about the alienation in daily life than aliens arriving in saucer shaped ships. Although a couple of the stories are actually about space travel and tetrahedron shaped alien crafts, I believe even these stories focused more on space between people. Overall I was not spell bound by the short story collection.
4. Kleptomania by Manjula Padmanabhan
After Escape my expectations were sky high and in usual fashion they took a severe beating. This short story collection left me underwhelmed because it was like the author was trying too hard to shock, or tie up loose ends. I havent finished the book 2 months after buying it as I have lost the initial enthusiasm.
5. Kari-a graphic novel by Amruta Patil
Maybe am not mature enough to understand the subtleties but I dont think the story made much sense (it ended with a to be continued, so maybe it wasnt all my fault). Neither am I waiting with bated breath for the sequel nor am I venturing to buy any other graphic novel any time soon.
What I bought over the weekend and am eagerly finishing are The Palace of Illusions-Panchali’s Mahabharata by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and The Female Brain by Louann Brezindine.
Next post will have more details on these two books.
Oh and I lie sniffling, wheezing like a 60 year old in my bed with Cold and Glycodin induced delusional dreams of a tub of BaskinRobbins finest and I haven’t seen Dilli-6 yet.Sob!