14| What’s on your ‘currently reading’ list ? | Monday Mumbles

Popped in to just check what are you currently reading. Tell me in the comments & how you are liking it.

Me ? I am reading a story collection of Manto. 🙂

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3 | How Kindle changed my life & the BS that surrounds it.

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I sat smugly in the “e-readers must suck” gang till the beginning of 2018. If you are thinking of closing this tab because you too sit comfortably in that same group, I request you, please spare few minutes to read this till the end. Not any special reason, I haven’t mentioned anything out of the world here, but I do want to tell my experience with Kindle and I don’t want book lovers to discard this without even consideration.

e-readers can never replace physical books – Of course! And they shouldn’t either. Who wants someone or something else to occupy the space of books in their life, anyway? The smell of books, the touch, flipping the pages, the pretty book covers, even prettier bookmarks – aaah! who really wants to substitute this bliss for anything else, leave alone an electronic gadget?

But, but. Have you ever used that electronic gadget? Let’s just say, it does have a feel of its own because its your personal area where you store your favorite books. Basically, your personal library. Don’t you think you will immediately connect with something like that? At least, I feel genuinely attached to my Kindle!  The point is you have to stop treating it as a substitute for physical books. Because, its not. Its another way of doing your favorite activity. Is it better than the previous way? Well, you really don’t need that comparison as long as someone is not pointing a gun at you to only choose one.

All my physical copies are still with me and I love and cherish them even more now. Just like I love strolling around bookstores. Kindle or any e-reader is not a replacement to your existing love for books, don’t treat it as a betrayal, please. 🙂 Here’s why:

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How Kindle changed my life?

As I mentioned above, I was always clear that I do not want to give e-readers any chance as it is never going to be the same experience as a physical copy. Not even when I moved to Bangalore from Delhi in 2017, even when it felt perfectly logical to not pile up here because God knows for how long I was going to be here. Anyhow, I still stuck to physical books. Then, I moved to Dubai for a supposedly 2 months assignment in Jan 2018. I carried one of the books I was reading with me. The idea was to buy more in Dubai when I finish this current one. Simply because I like buying books, stationery and cosmetics in new places that I visit. But what do I find in Dubai!!! The same copies that we get in India priced almost 4 times higher! The assignment got extended but I was supposed to travel to India after the first 3 months and be back in Dubai for another 3 months. By the end of initial 3 months, I had made up my mind that a Kindle is the perfect thing for someone who may have to travel often. So much so that I decided to buy one in Dubai, but I found out that it’s cheaper in India and my India trip was approaching anyway. So, I bought the Kindle in India and came back to Dubai for 3 months again.

I cannnot stress enough how much my life has changed. It is always with me, ALWAYS. I can read in any queue, can settle in any pretty looking cafe with a coffee to go along or I can just read on my way to work like I do/used to with physical copies. Of course, its not the same feeling as a physical book but let me tell you something even more important. The satisfaction of reading is the same. It’s a very, very satisfying feeling but just the touch and feel of the reading device is different. I love my Kindle way, way too much and I love reading on it as an experience. What I mean is holding it in my hands, flipping the pages, bookmarking stuff, deciding on a Kindle cover, adding stuff to my Kindle library is just as much fun, only in a different way.

In the end, just one thing – do give Kindle a chance before you say ‘e-readers are so not for me!’.

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2 | The thing with Book Challenges

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Would anyone reading this like to share their experience with any book challenges that they participate in? Or, even one that they created for challenging themselves?

The thing is I like book challenges as an observer. 😛 Haha, what I mean is it feels exciting to be a part of a challenge which is totally what you want to do anyway, plus there’s a bonus of having a goal in front of you. How good would it feel to have completed a goal WHILE having so much fun? Except, it has never turned out this way for me when I was participating in any book challenges. I am always rushing towards completing the challenge and that never happens, and I feel bad, and, the most important thing – I am always chasing a deadline, so I feel that I am not even savouring what I am reading. Just rushing.

Don’t know if any of you feel this way, but I’ll definitely want to know your experience in general with book challenges. I didn’t participate in any in 2018 so that I can savour my reading but I also felt like something was amiss. I think I can do with some advice. 🙂

All The Books in 2016

Hello guys! 🙂

I hope you are all doing super good, and, if not, I am praying that 2017 brings tons of happiness for all of us.

I went through a huge uninspired phase where I just did not feel like writing here. I visited so many places in the last few months before coming back to India, but I was in such a trance of missing India that I did not feel like blogging it all. I will get to it pretty soon and hopefully we will have a fun ride in bringing back all the memories!

Now coming to a book roundup of 2016, I read very less this year for reason mentioned above. It’s funny because the circumstances were so conducive for reading. Anyway, I read less but I wanted to share it all. So, here are all the 6 books that I read in 2016, irrespective of whether I liked them or not. I am talking below how I found them to be:

  1. East of Love, West of Desire by Dinesh Prasad: I have written a whole blog post (which is one of my favorites on this blog) about this book. I loved it to the core, it was a pretty book to hold first of all. Secondly, it was one of my favorite themes – India Pakistan partition. Thirdly, I love reading short stories, these were stories woven around partition. Naturally, I loved it. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who likes partition tales of love and emotions.  IMG_1149_Fotor
  2. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern: Okay, it was a positive book and a light read, so all was good with the world. I quite enjoyed reading it but it is definitely not a must read.
  3. Premchand ki Shreshtha Kahaniyan (Hindi): You know how much I love his stories, it’s a surprising thing even for myself that I have not read any of his novels so far. This year I am definitely going to change that. I am going to start reading his novels finally. As always, I thoroughly loved this collection of short stories.
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Oh my God! Where do I even start? Can someone please take a moment to tell me why exactly is this book so famous? It was so painful to finish this book. There came a point when I started liking it and it had its share of good moments but, overall, it was just about okay. Its a love story, so to say, but as far as I am concerned, I found it so difficult to feel connected to the protagonists or feel their pain or whatever.
  5. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh: I finally read something by him, can I now qualify for the serious readers tag? 😛 Kidding, okay! It is a good book and if you are reading it away from your home (whatever it is that you consider home 🙂 ), this will strike a chord at so many levels.
  6. The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: Here’s to my favorite book of 2016 which I happened to read right before the year ended. It is only a coincidence that my 2 books were back to back Amitav Ghosh’s. The first one I picked in a lovely bookshop in Berlin and the second one is from MDI’s library. This one is a medical thriller, building fiction around the fact that Dr Ronald Ross discovered the malaria parasite in India. It is an excruciatingly confusing read but, for me, it all paid off well in the end because I loved it thoroughly. Such an amazing read!

And with this,  I wrap up 2016 in this space. I cannot wait to talk to you again in 2017! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

5 Books That I read in 2015 & hello from Berlin!

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Hello there! 🙂

I have reached Europe for the second part of my course, which I’ll be doing here in Berlin. I spent a day exploring Istanbul in Turkey as my flight had a stopover there. Istanbul was on my wishlist since a long time and I can’t begin to tell you all how beautiful is that! Of course, there’s going to be a post about it but my pictures have not done justice to the beauty or, more importantly, the spirit of Istanbul.

This post, however, is about 5 books that I read in 2015 and I thought that I’ll combine the book opinions in one post just because I am lagging so much in my planned posts, it’s too difficult to manage 😦 . So, here you go:

  1. Brahman ki Beti: I am a huge fan of Sharatchandra’s story writing and I am deeply in love with how his women characters are always so strong and way ahead of their times, almost all of us have seen them in the movie Devdas, if not read. Brahman ki Beti was another good read, on the similar lines though. However, I am a fan of that work of his, so I thoroughly loved it. Nothing out of the regular Sharatchandra work though!                                                                                IMG_20160216_204407_Fotor
  2. Angels & Demons: Here’s the thing – If you haven’t read this one, go read it RIGHT NOW. I’ll really say no more because this book is beyond captivating. I think many Dan Brown lovers will say so about all his books but this is the only one that I have read, so I don’t know. If I had to suggest a book to a non-reader to get him to read, this would probably be that one. 🙂 Only issue is that its a long one.                                                                                                                                                       IMG_20160216_204205_Fotor
  3. Durgeshnandini: It was an okay read. I didn’t relish it all that much, maybe towards the end I got into it more. After I finished reading this, I realized its probably considered a classic, a classic love story. Maybe one can read to find whether they liked it more than I did.                                                                                      IMG_20160216_204438_Fotor
  4. Our Moon has Blood Clots: It’s a memoir of a Kashmiri migrant, on how he felt when they had to let go of their motherland, for no fault of theirs. I have read a lot of such things of the India-Pakistan partition but this was my first time reading a Kashmiri forced migration story. It was gut wrenching to say the least, and felt straight from the heart. I also should mention that I still feel more deeply when I am reading about the other partition that I just mentioned, I don’t know how this bias has come into my being. Anyway, I whole heartedly recommend this one!                                                                   51DDMAMiiwL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_
  5. The Lives of Others: This Man Booker Prize nomination was on my to-be-read list since a long time because I felt like it resonates well with my taste of family drama or social kind of novels. It was exactly that, with the main idea being the Naxalite movement in West Bengal and around. Basically, the story of one family over generations and how Naxalism affected them. It felt very close to home because it seemed like this can happen to anybody. I liked it pretty much but I am not sure if there was anything out of the ordinary. I mean if you are interested in a fictional story that deals with Naxalism, then its pretty darn good but you will also have to go through loads of pages of family drama, which I like, but I’m not sure if everyone would.                                           lives of others

That’s pretty much it. I am sorry I am posting a Friday’s List post on a Saturday, but I was dead tired yesterday when I started writing it yesterday. Having moved to a new country and that too as a student, I would like to pat myself for writing this post on the second day itself, but I really didn’t want this post to be delayed any longer.

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 😀