Books

  1. Interpreter of Maladies
  2. The Namesake
  3. A Calamitous Chinese Killing
  4. Queen of Dreams
  5. A Curious Indian Cadaver
  6. The First Phone Call from Heaven
  7. The Inheritance of Loss
  8. Jaya

I read few books this year…just that I forgot to add them here. And I have forgotten what I read. Thank god for my other blog.

 

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2016 Movie/Book Target

I would like to set myself a target for 2016, just like I did in 2015.

Movies
I, O Kadhal Kanmani, Avengers Age of Ultron, Utthama Villain, Yennai Arindhaal, Masss, Jurassic World, Papanasam, Vaalu, Thani Oruvan, Thoongavanam and Naanum Rowdy Than, Spectre.

2014: 8 movies, 2015: 10 movies?
2015: 13 movies, 2016: At least 10 movies?

Books
Sita, Palace of Illusions, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Krishna Key, For one more day, Red Lotus, Six Suspects, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

2014: 9 books, 2015: 12 books?
2015: 9 books too, 2016: At least 9 books?

Wish me luck!

Here’s the 2015 target.

Some on books & maid

Books

It took me the longest time to read Devdutt’s Pattanaik’s Sita. Not because I didn’t enjoy it as I sure did. It was a poignant tale immersed with much added information and versions of the tale, from different regions, persons, era even. I would recommend this.

After Sita, I read the Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. What a take! My adoration for Karna went many notches up again. Yup, and I just snubbed the protagonist. It is not intentional. It’s just that, I like Karna that much. It was kind of nice reading the tale from Draupadi’s angle, given more prominence to herself. The ‘air/arrogance’ of Draupadi was not compromised and gave many shades for the person she turned out to be.

I think I will restart my research on Mahabharata again.

Maid

She is adding on to my misery by the day. We have finally decided to send her off this November. One’s patience is limited.

War & Peace no more…

In the early days of reading, I was kind of experimenting with different genres of books. Daniel Steel, Jackie Collins and some unknown others, real life incidents were part of the purchases I made.

I came to realize that these were not up to my likings. Now that I am lacking space in the bookshelf, I decided to give these away. All in all, I think about 14 books were given away.

This includes War & Peace by Tolstoy. I cry defeated. 😦

Masss

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A very entertaining movie from Venkat Prabu. A totally different story and not something we expected. A couple of twists here and there. Not a minute is bore! I think I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

Yennai Arindhaal

So, I have missed noting this movie. To be honest, I was quite disappointed with this movie of Gautham Menon. No, I went with zero expectations, as with all other movies. It, well, just didn’t make the cut. I was bored. Waiting for it to end, even. Trisha was gorgeous with her graceful maturity. A brief but very nice portrayal of character. Storyline-wise, nothing exceptional.

Sita

I am currently reading this book.

The Long Weekend

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So, Friday was Labour Day while Sunday was Wesak Day. Since Wesak Day fell on a Sunday, automatically Monday was granted as bank holiday. Thus, resulting in a 4 day long weekend. Here are some highlights of the break.

Day 1

Hubby decided that we should head to Plaza Damas for some window shopping. We did just that. Started reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Day 2

Movie time. We watched Utthama Villain, a Kamal Hassan starrer. Managed to do some light shopping as well together with a stark reminder that I should lose some (alot of weight). Ate lunch at Johnny’s Restaurant at about 3.30pm. It was an enjoyable Thai lunch. Changed my wallet. Didn’t know it was in a such a condition till I couldn’t wait to replace it with a new one.

Day 3

Was basically spent at home. Some discussions on wallpapering the main walls of the living room and the master bedroom happened.

Decided to send the boys to my parents’ place as there were a number of things to be done. Like buying replacement  ear studs for the ones I carelessly washed down the washbasin.To check out a new wholesale mall and some stuff the boys wanted, like a very specific Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bag or an alternative hulk school bag, shoes and water bottles with straw. I am glad to say we got everything on the list though it meant we had to do alot of walking.

And of course, someone called me, my love. Hah!

Utthama Villain

I felt it was a good movie about a famous but ageing frontline hero. A hero for the masses, but in actual fact a middle aged family man with a middle aged wife with a wealthy & influential father. Throw in a past but now dead pregnant true love who had left behind a daughter, and a current hot mistress, you have a complex story of all these characters entwined with the protagonist. Did I mention he plans a swan song as he is dying? Needless to say, Kamal Hassan excels effortlessly.

My only grouse is, Kamal fans are overdoing it with their reviews. Like that is a surprise. Bah!