books

THIS WEEK IN BOOKS – VOL.8

lipsy-thisweekinbooksI am back with THIS WEEK IN BOOKS after a really longggggg time! Hosted by Lipsy (from LIPSYY LOST &  FOUND), this meme is a weekly roundup about our books. Thanks for hosting Lipsy! 🙂

I am also linking this post to WWW Wednesdays, now hosted by Sam of TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS.

So, here are my books this week –  (more…)

Books & wine

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“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” 
~
John Keats

Books & wine are often touted as a perfect combo. As for me I don’t mind a cup of coffee too. But most of the times, if I get engrossed in a book, getting lost in the lives of the characters, I seldom remember to eat or take a sip or two…..yeah, that’s me. 😛

A few days back, I came across an interesting article in a website – Gone Reading, where, as a part of their Book Club Tips, they had come with an info-graphic for pairing a particular kind of wine with a particular book. (more…)

Forgotten joy

bookstore

“I love walking into a bookstore. It’s like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” 

~ Tahereh Mafi

I started online shopping for books with www.flipkart.com, since 2009. It was referred to me by a friend. The experience was amazing. Along with the ease of searching for my favourite book to the ease of navigation through the site to the process of ordering and finally getting it delivered at my doorstep in a maximum of 2-3 days was awesome. I simply loved the process. I still am doing it.

Back in those days, when I was in school, I had to save for months from my pocket money so that I can buy my favourite book.  Buying books in book fairs every year was a special treat from Dad. Since then I had promised myself that if I manage to have a job after completion of my studies, I will make it a point to buy books every month. I will collect all those books which I had borrowed and read from my friends, library, etc. and then I will have a library of my own, consisting of all my favourite books. And coming across flipkart seemed to be a good way to fulfill my dream. 🙂 Now, right after I get my salary, I buy books every month from flipkart, without fail.

Yesterday I was out shopping with my sister and while walking on the footpath I saw a quaint little bookstore tucked in between some other big shops. In the city I live, there is a place where all the bookstores are located and very few are scattered in the main junctions of the city. But this little bookstore was situated in the busiest road of the city, a place where I least expected for it to be located at. And at that moment I realized, with great surprise, that I cannot even remember the last time I had visited a bookstore. I was getting late and could not enter it. But it set me thinking. I realized I had forgotten the joy, the pleasure that I found in a bookstore. I had forgotten the peculiar smell, of old books and new; the colourful maze of books through which I made my way to find my book. I had forgotten the joy of stumbling across new books in mismatched shelves and under handwritten signs. I had forgotten the happiness and excitement of wanting to buy every book in every rack of the store.  I had long back forgotten the joy and pleasure that I used to get while making my purchase of a book in a physical bookstore. I had forgotten the pushing and making my way through the hundreds of people in a book fair. And this realization made me feel sad, in a different kind of way, a feeling I have never experienced before. I have associated books with only goodness & happiness & positivity. So this feeling was kind of different…. and unique…..

I have been successful in fulfilling my promise to myself, of buying books every month. But in the process of looking for ease and convenience of keeping my promise & getting some discount, I had foregone the joy and happiness of the process of searching, touching and smelling books. I have, long back, forgotten the feeling of being transported to a secluded place, a kind of cocoon building around me, where I have all the time in the world to relax and escape into the creative minds of the authors & their stories that have been immortalized in print, for generations to discover.  I always say that I am never going to buy a kindle and read e-books because for me, they cannot equate the pleasure of a physical book – flipping through pages and smell of the book….. And now I realize, the same goes for a physical store and an online store.

So I promised myself, that along with online purchasing, I will visit a bookstore, every now and then and relive my experiences inside a bookstore – the smell, the colours, the confusion, the new discoveries, the little chat with the store-owner…..and everything else. I am not that busy that I cannot find some time to spend in doing something which brings happiness for me. I can never be that busy. In our fast moving lives, it is sometimes necessary to stop for some time and do things we like and love. I can always catch up with the others and even if I am late & left behind, my heart will be happy.

 “I don’t want to be in my car all day. I love getting up in the morning in Venice & walking my dogs down to the café to get my tea, and then perhaps going to a bookstore and sitting and reading, then walking to the beach”.

~ Jessica Chastain

My Bucket List

 “There is fun to be done” ~ Dr Seuss

Everybody makes / has a list of things they want to do in their lifetime. This is when the bucket list comes in. It’s the answer to the question,” If I were to die tomorrow, what would be the biggest thing I would regret that I didn’t do”? But then, anyone can make a Bucket List anytime– you don’t have to be at the threshold of your life to create one.

I too have a bucket list which I amend as and when I achieve one or want to add one item more, as time goes by. So friends, here comes my list of things (in no particular order) to do before i kick the bucket:

  1. Learn to bake a sponge cake ,or for that matter, any type of a yummmy cake.
  2. Learn swimming so that next time I see the splashing waves, I am able to go and swim (in a nice bikini maybe :P) rather than standing in the shore.
  3. Learn to put eyeliner/mascara and for that matter every other kind of make-up and also wear some sky high heels. I want to look good like everyone else and so I guess I need to learn it ASAP. After reading innumerable blogs on fashion and makeup, I realized reading is not going to help me, I need to start putting all that info into some action.
  4. Travel as many places in India and experience all the flavours each has has to offer. Kashmir is in the topmost position of my list. Obviously, I want to travel to other beautiful countries also, but then my country is in my top list.
  5. Learn to dance.
  6. Send a message in a bottle (that’s the filmy me 😛 )
  7. Kiss in the rain (that’s the romantic me…..*blush blush*)
  8. Learn French (its in the list since my school days I have been reading Malory Towers by Enid Blyton)
  9. Collect as many books of all the writers I love and have a mixed personal library.
  10. Go scuba diving and experience marine life up close.
  11. Go to a casino and gamble the night away.
  12. Shop at least 1 item of clothing from all the designers I love (I wonder when I will earn that much).
  13. Watch an aurora borealis….(man, I am desperate for this one).
  14. Would want to do 1 memorable thing for each one of my loved ones.
  15. Do 1 thing of charity which will actually make a difference in someone’s life
  16. Experience a perfect sunrise and a sunset in a most romantic backdrop.
  17. To go on a road trip (Ladakh is a destination I have in mind :))
  18. Pack my bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary planned at all (have to gather all my guts for this one).
  19. Learn knitting (for no particular reason…..so mee…:))
  20. Throw a mega party for the few special ones in my life and all the food being cooked by me….(that wud be one hell of a task!!)
  21. Experience snow fall….i would love to touch and feel snow for once in my life.
  22. Would love to lie down in some grassy plains and spend the day just like dat or maybe reading my favorite book.
  23. Watch cherry blossoms in Japan.
  24. Want to live a happy and contented life. I may not have the riches of the world, but I want to be able to embrace and enjoy life as it comes to me.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally wornout, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow – What a ride!!’.”

~Anonymous