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Day 18 – dik dik

I used to have very unrealistic dreams often. I wake up sweating taking time to differentiate between dream and reality. But they kind of made sleeping a super fun activity. I mean come on where else can you walk in 135 degrees, play throwball with crocodile, dig a hole and park your car.

But last couple of months the dreams got so boring. No adventure stuff. So to spice things up I got couple of Stephen king’s novels in Chennai book fair.

King is my most favourite author. I never believed that books can give same effect as horror movies. I mean no visual effects, no sudden sounds. Those are the basic elements of horror movies right. But after reading the shining by king everything changed. I was so scared of bathrooms at night. After reading IT by king I was scared of drains. It may sound weird but I love reading horror novels because of him. Not the disgusting gory types. The one that can keep you in suspense waiting for the ghost to appear but scare you at the same time making your imagination run wild in all directions.

I have also read a portion of madhan’s manidhanum marmangalum which I got in last year book fair. I liked it.

Ok I started somewhere went somewhere else. Do you like reading horror books? What’s your favourite genre? Write a post about it no?

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2014 and Books

Compared to last year, this year has been good so far when it comes to reading. The first three months since I was pregnant I was being watched – what I was reading – what was the book about and everything !!! People did not want me to have bad dreams. I read Swamy and his friends, few Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books and I loved them(The dreams anyway were very strange).

I read Sita and then Charlotte’s web and loved it.

After delivery I read “The hunger games” series. First two books were very interesting. I could not put the book down but the last one was not upto my expectation. I really expected the heroine’s character to evolve but was slightly disappointed.

One of my friends gave me “Heat Wave” (Castle TV series) . It was just like watching the series so I dropped it half way and started watching the series itself.

While searching for free books in Amazon I found “Trouble in mudbug (A ghost in law series) and Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Series) by jana DeLeon. Both had very good reviews so I started reading and instantly fell in love with the author especially for the ‘A Miss fortune series’. I downloaded other books too in these series and loved each and every book. The ghost in law series has a ghost as a main character and she is super fun. In Miss Fortune series a CIA agent teams up with couple of old women and solves murder mysteries and the deeds they do to solve each mystery,so much fun , I really laughed a lot. My amma had to snatch the books from me so that I could get some sleep πŸ˜›

I started Love in the time of cholera but did not complete it. I will restart that now I guess. And there are couple more books waiting. Hoping to read more in second half of 2014 πŸ™‚

 

 

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Random Ranganayaki – 6

Sometime back in this post I had written about a strange dream

Weird dreams are continuing. Once a puppy was following me wherever I went , even to the places where it cannot enter, it followed me magically. I arrange for a meeting with a bus full of strangers to find out how to stop that puppy. Before we could make the decision I woke up.

Actually I left out the climax of this dream. Reason was , I was pregnant then and I had not announced it here plus that part was really weird so I skipped it. This is what happened after that meeting in the bus. I gave birth to a puppy.Β Needless to say that I woke up in a shock.

 

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With Volt sometimes I have all the patience in the world but sometimes I feel very confused if I can handle her well . Especially when she is cranky I have like one hundred doubts. I don’t know how my parents raised me without any help from grandparents. Really I don’t know.

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I wanted to write something here but decided to make it as a separate post titled “Realisations after Volt” as there are too many.

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I have started to walk, these days mornings are so pleasant with birds chirping and trees so green I am loving it. I don’t listen to songs while walking as the cuckoo in our garden sings so loud and beautiful πŸ™‚ Don’t want to miss that.

Can’t wait to take volt outside and make her hear all these songs πŸ™‚

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Now that I wake up multiple times during night I should be remembering all my dreams but I am not able to recall any of it in the morning. Hmmppff.

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Volt has a brand new cousin sister now πŸ™‚ Yep She is Akka now πŸ˜€

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I am reading Ghost-in-law series and A Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana DeLeon. Its very light and fun and I am loving it.

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I wanted to write about Volt and her activities here but then dropped the idea . My chithi came today and she was telling me that we will soon forget these things which seem to be so big now and later when we see another baby we try to recall if we faced that too. That made me think and I have decided to write about Volt and her activities.

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OK..That is all now. See you..Take care..

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Random Ranganayaki – 3

I noticed that the more I think about something , my mind becomes blank.

I think a lot of things are happening in my life. Not very sure . My dearest cousin S came back from UK after one year. He came to our home, met us. I invited my other cousins too. We had an awesome time. I laughed so much, so so much while playing business and carrom with them. I don’t remember why we laughed so much, that’s the best part of it I guess.

When my another dear cousin brother B visited my home first time after my wedding, I made pongal and brinjal Gosthu. He loved it and I loved the fact that my little bro liked what I cooked. The best part was when we all met in a family function weeks later, Β a maami asked B if I am cooking and all πŸ™„ , my darling bro came inbetween and said strongly that I do cook amazingly! I felt so proud.. definitely not because I cook . I was proud of my brother!How much he has grown.. from that tiny LKG boy sitting with a running nose asking me or S to stay back with him till the prayer bell rang everyday in school.

Either my amma or my MIL was there with us for the past few weeks for festivals, functions Β or just like that. That means it has been so long since I cooked a fullfledged meal . I hope I still do remember how to make not so runny sambhar! πŸ™‚

Work side is OK. Nothing much to talk about πŸ™‚

One of my bestest friend is expecting. We spoke after almost an year but we still spoke silly just like the same old college days. I guess time and distance does not matter in case of friendship.

I subscribed to a nice wild life conservation related magazine. This month there was a special segment for elephants , my favourite animal. But before I could get it I had to travel. Not sure if it still will e sitting in my mail box when I go back. 😦 I read somewhere that baby elephants throw themselves in the mud when they are upset it seems, so cute no? Hope these endangered animals live a free happy life!

Weird dreams are continuing. Once a puppy was following me wherever I went , even to the places where it cannot enter, it followed me magically. I arrange for a meeting with a bus full of strangers to find out how to stop that puppy. Before we could make the decision I woke up. Now I don’t know how to stop the imaginary puppy from following me. So far no bites or barking. So I think the puppy just likes me πŸ™‚

I recently downloaded a random book without reading any review about it from Amazon and started reading it – ya ya it was free that is why πŸ˜› . Β It is “twenty eight and a half wishes” It is a romantic novel.Β I liked it .

I have lot of books now. I started reading Harry Potter, was into it. But suddenly I strongly felt like I wanted to read only light stuff. Roald Dahl and PG Wodehouse books in hand now. So many in shelf. Now that I work from home frequently , no bus travel so no dedicated reading time.

I want to have a nice(slurp) hot chocolate cake now… outside thin light and Β crispy and inside it should be hotty hot gooey chocolate.Ahhhh.. Ahhhh πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love Ponniyin Selvan – II

There are few dialogues which are very very interesting in this book. For eg:

In Part – II, when an elephant tries to kill azhvarkadiyan but falls into a pit and dies, azhvarkadiyan will warn vandiyathevan to immediately leave the place or else the vultures and tigers which might come to eat the dead elephant will eat them too. I love that dialogue ” Mirugangalum paravaigalum gajendranin udalai patchippatharku vanduvidum, Naamum avatruku batchanamagi viduvom! ” .Β  πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I read this dialog so many times. Totally loved it.

And the conversation between azhavarkadiyan and vandiyathevan on the streets of Lanka. Azhvarkadiyan would be angry as Arula mozhi varman will be reforming Buddha temples and Vandiyathevan will make fun of him. I was laughing full time.

I think I am going to mark all my favorite dialogues somewhere but that itself will become a book I guess , hehe !

Azhvaarkadiyan and his thadi! πŸ˜† If they ever make it as a movie they better take time and select the best person for this role! Or just never make it as a movie! πŸ˜›

And the hero has come. What an introduction! Suddenly I forgot everything about Vandiyathevan or any other characters I have read so far. In just few minutes Arul mozhi varman has become my favorite character! πŸ˜€

And again the narration is so clear that when the author explains how the food is cooked for the warriors, I was feeling hungry too πŸ˜€

Tomorrow and day after tomorrow I will be travelling. I think I will get lot of time to read. Yay Yay!

Posted in Bloggin Marathon Jan 2013, Books, Thoughts of a confused child

Warning :- unttendended

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Yesterday night I was travelling. Result -> I am too sleepy.I called my friends for dinner instead of lunch.That sleepy.

And the universe is against me.After yesterday’s post I thought I will have ideas for five days. It will be easy. Seems like it is not.

Generally the conductors refuse to give me change. Most of the mornings there will be some irritating event in bus. I thought I will write about today’s event . But but the conductor called me and gave the change though we were 15 kms away from my bus stop!!! One idea gone!

Next I thought I will take a pic of the food I cooked today morning and make it guess it post. But but the idlis came too nice, soft and fluffy.Thanks to MIL.She prepared the maavu. Another idea gone.

Wanted to take a pic of sunrise but it was a cold day today and no sun wonly!

And no interesting conversation in bus.Can you believe it!

Yesterday I had been to a Siva temple and saw some interesting paintings. Now I want to read stories about Siva. Please can you suggest some book?. This is not a cheating post. I really want to know.

I would also like to read Myth=Mithya by Devdutt. How is it ? Any idea?

Ponniyin Selvan reading is going good. Even in that sleepy state I read it in bus today.

I am again travelling tomorrow and then day after tomorrow and full next week. There are two weddings ! Hope I have fun!

I have developed eye infection again. It happened few months ago and I had to go through lot of stressful things.I will do a separate post on it. Now my right eye is red again. Pray for me! It should heal soon.

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I love Ponniyin Selvan – I

I am one sundeli reading this Maha book “Ponniyin Selvan”.This is not a review, just my thoughts.

I have finished Part 1 and started Part 2 and I am loving each and every bit of this book. What a style and how detailed the description is on everything! I am amazed. My imagination power increases manifold while reading this book for two reasons

1. I am reading it in my mother tongue – Tamizh

2.Everything is so detailed and described in a simple but a beautiful way.

The way Kalki has described Kaveri , kollidam, the forest in the river banks, the sea shore in kodikkarai and the jungle in the shore, the ups and downs in the jungle, the bushes and its shadow everything is so clear that everytime I close this book(as soon as I reach office) it takes me few seconds to come back to the current world.I wish I were born in that period where there was a doubt whether Kaveri is a river or a sea! Appaa! Really , was there so much water?Β  I have crossed kollidam and other rivers so many times.And I have seen a little stream of water in that huge river and most part of the river will be filled with soft, dry, light yellow sand. Even that little stream of water would give me so much joy. These days if you go you won’t even find that sand!! Forget water!

Another beauty is the Palaces. The Palaces in Thanjavur , Pazhaiyarai are so beautiful in my imagination. I feel like I too have travelled with Vandiyathevan (the hero) on the riverbanks,Β  into the jungle , through the secret tunnel, in the dark palace . I have reached Lanka now in a small boat with Poonguzhali πŸ˜€ .

In the first part my favorite characters were : the hero Vandiyathevan and Azhvarkadiyan. As soon as I started second part, my current favorite has become Poonguzhali :D. I loved the conversation between Poonguzhali and Vandiyathevan πŸ™‚

So far I have read about 4 women in this book. All 4 are young, very very beautiful but each one is different. One is brave, one is soft, one is very energetic and one is cunning . Again I loved the description of each of these characters. So clear !

In short , the way it is written you will even fall in love with a crocodile !

 

 

 

Posted in Bloggin Marathon Jan 2013, Books, daily daily

I too have a list now :D

I don’t read much. I have never been a member of a library. Apart from The Alchemist , I have read few short stories.That’s all. But something changed in 2012. I started reading.Thanks to many blogger friends, their book reviews and discussions inspired me.Also the long travel to office helped. I gave it a try. I started with Twilight series. I bought few books and then I became a member of a local library and started reading from there.Here is my 2012 books list. I selected these books mostly from Vidya‘s and SnS‘s blogs.

 

Twilight Series (I think this was in 2011)

Lord of the rings

To kill a mocking bird

Life of Pi

Animal Farm

The Kite Runner

Thousand splendid suns

Ramayana by Ramesh Menon

Mahabharatha by Devdutt Patnaik

Summer Moonshine

Tuesdays with Morrie

The best of Roald Dahl

Ponniyin Selvan (now reading)

I liked all the books. There are some memories associated with each book. Ramayana and Mahabharatha were special because everyday after reaching office , I used to discuss with my team mate about these great epics. She used to tell me some unknown stories which her grandma used to tell her – about Krishna, about Bhima. One another friend in office was also interested and each day I had to tell him one short story or incident from these books. We 3 loved these talks.It made the reading session very interesting.

Thousand Splendid Suns – I can’t forget because I was in train that time – a day train- reading and crying like anything. When my mother asked I gave all silly reasons in the world . To hide the tears I kept my face very close to the window Β thinking the strong wind would just dry them up πŸ˜›

Tuesdays with Morrie was best. Because when I was reading the book, I could see some real life examples/situations which Morrie talks about in the book . Everytime it happens Β I used to think ‘oh Morrie spoke about this ‘ πŸ™‚ Β , sometimes I used to Β laugh thinking how true the book is.

 

Overall I am happy with my 2012 reading. Hope I read more in 2013 πŸ˜€