Saturday, December 03, 2005

Books' Marks

Picking up the tag from kray... I must say that I am going to tweak the format a bit and make it a long post, because coming up with just two books for most of the categories seems to be an impossible task...

Books that I like...
I must say all my memories have been punctuated with books. As a kid,starting with the Noddies, Amar Chitra Katha and Enid Blyton as the first commas. Then came Ayn rand as the exclamation marks. There were apostrophes of Salman Rushdie and quotes by Blake , Kipling and Frost.. But the few books I consider as full stops would be..

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.. A book i have never tired of reading. A book whose characters come alive and dance like flames in front of your eyes. And the book which gave Atticus. It made me hunt high and low for other books by the same author only to realise that this was the only book she had ever written and it always makes me wonder why.

Little Women....for creating this entire new world I stepped into every time I opened the pages of the book. I have read it a long time back but it still conjures images of that summer holiday when all I did amidst the scorching sunlight, the creaking fan and the still day was sit with this book.

The Short Stories of O.Henry.. Reading his stories are like listening to an opera. A melodious beginning, and the tempo building up with the story and ending with a deafening climax. However, his one story, The Last Leaf leaves you with an ache in the heart and a lump in the throat. The most poignant story I have ever read.

The God of Small things... Poetry in prose form. I liked it for the sheer visuals the book created in the mind's eye. Gives you the feeling of having glimpsed into something unsuspecting, yet not innocent.

Animal Farm... Sarcasm packed into Orwell's fist and delivered with a punch of humour. Made me laugh and then later realise that I was laughing at myself!

Authors I like..
Ayn Rand is definitely one of my favourite authors. Though I would not say I agree with her completely, she made me think beyond a realm I never knew existed until I met her. Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are my milestone books.

Wodehouse for filling so many hours of my life with his dry wit, humour, sarcasm and sheer idiosyncrasies.

Bill Watterson for his Calvin and Hobbes. The genius who created Calvin, who in turn created Hobbes, the most interesting tiger ever.

Some unusual books I liked..
Hot Death, Cold Soup by Manjula Padmanabhan... A book which talks about the most inane things of life , yet make your head shake with disbelief. One of those few books which you pick up as shots in the dark but this one hit the bull's eye.

The Emerging Mind by Vilanayur Ramachandran.. A book which I initially regarded skeptically as science story turned out to be a literally mind boggling book. Makes you think about the phantoms in the brain and to appreciate the sheer aspect of the fact that the brain exists.

Chanakya Nithi.. . Read this in its true Sanskrit form and was struck by the intelligence,intrigue and mystery that shrouded ancient india.


Books that I want to read...
There are lots of them, but Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tops.From the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, my expectations are high.

Beach Music by Pat Conroy.., only because of the reason that I find the name enticing.

Scarlett, the supposed sequel to the epic Gone With The Wind. Till now have refrained from reading it because of the well wishers' advice that it would spoil the tangy taste of the first one..

I shall pass on the tag to Neelam ..in memory of the countless hours spent over discussing all these books ..

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

had been to be a shop in chennai to ask for beach music and that chap replied that he doesnt sell music books:))

Aishu said...

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you dearest hems...
pls gimme a number where i can contact you......wishing you an awesome year ahead...
with loadss of love and hugs

The Cyborg said...

Gr8 choice of books u have...

Ayn Rand is God and is my fav too... Ditto Wodehouse...
And Calvin is just too good... :)

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

oh my gosh hems....now that seems like a tough nut to crack...!!! i cannot just seem to decide on a few favourites..!! on the other hand...i might just put a link to this post and add a 'ditto' under it !!!
all excited to tag along...but work beckons now !! :((
shall do it as soon as i have some time to think....
n once again...happy bday babe !!:)

abhilasha said...

happy b'day dearest hems..:)..hope u are having a great day..sorry da couldnt wish u..can u give my ur contact no..am visiting ur blog after a long time..so guess lots to catch up with:)..have a great da!!

Hemamalini said...

@aishu...thank you VERY much aishu:)
shall mail in my num..
hugs
miss you!!!!

Hemamalini said...

@the cyborg.. thanks !! Yup, three cheers for calvin, ayn rand and wodehouse:)

Hemamalini said...

@neelam..hmm.., u dont dream of doing any of that 'ditto' business:D ..lookin fwd to see ur list madam.. anyways as murphy says -work expands to fill time;)

Hemamalini said...

@gado...oiii thanks gado:) the fact that u guys wanted to call itself makes me grin:)

thanks for the multiple wishes di..missing u!!!!

Steven said...

The reason that Harper Lee never wrote anything else could be due to the widely believed idea that she didn't even write "To Kill a Mockingbird" - or at least not all of it. Many folks think that the lion's share of the book was written by her long time friend Truman Capote.