Tagged for Shame

Karthik seeks my humiliation with the book tag. His books litter my house, begging to be read so as to indulge him in the ‘book-talk’ he so yearns for. Me? I just frown everytime I pick up Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. I translate the time I’ll spend reading that to the hours I can spend on my music…all those crappy tunes I compose to fill up my hard-drive. But to my credit, I atleast drove him to start writing about it instead.
You’re welcome, Blogosphere.


How many books do I own?

I just did a half-turn and counted off the books on my shelf, and using all my powers of approximation came up with this number. 48. And this, including my book on ‘Basic Electricity’. Sad!

Last books bought

Yokota Officer’s Club – Sarah Bird
I sought a book for light reading and this is what came up on an Amazon list. Plus, the recommendation said the book will make me look cool, when carried on a flight. I’m still waiting for that pretty stewardess on Flight 688 to call me. I could swear I heard her whisper into the radio – “Brown Man. Yellow Bundle. Check it out.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Both recommendations from an avid reader.

Last books read

Chaos – James Gleick
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Halfway into Yokota Officer’s Club and my Cubase SX Manual (That is a book).

Five Books that mean a lot to me

or Books that serve as bookmarks for my memory…

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
The first book that brought a tear to my eye. I must have been 14 and and a lot more sappier than I am now.

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Sydney Carton, my first hero. (Bronte’s Heathcliff was my second). My favorite movie at the time was ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa‘. Does somebody see a pattern?

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
I somehow easily identified with Howard Roark’s agony. (Maybe I’ve always been a delusional fool)

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller & Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
These books validated absurdist humor for me. Love them.

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Could someone hand me a Music tag to help mend my shattered ego?


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8 thoughts on “Tagged for Shame”


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    Muthuvel says:

    I haven’t heard of all the first four books you have mentioned….Life of Pi,heard of this one only when the news leaked that Manoj ‘Village’ Shyamalan planned a movie version of it and dropped it later…Ungala vida naan mosam


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    Karthik says:

    Nice post. Catch 22 is one of my favorites too.. but not Hitchhikers. Life of Pi was almost a classic.. how did you like it?


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    Manoj says:

    Muthuvel: Lets both start reading again. Pester Karthik for recos.
    Karthik: My book review would read like your Jithan audio review….”Nice”.


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    Vijay says:

    In this age of fast food and internet and amidst hectic schedules, I admire all those ppl who still have the patience to read all those 500-odd paged classics. How do you guys get the time and motivation to do something that doesnt provide instant gratification? I lost my book reading habit a long time back. These days I have just about enough patience to sit thru a good movie . But music, any time, anywhere.


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    Manoj says:

    But then, passionate readers probably don’t really need to be motivated. I spend hours (downloading) listening to music and trying to appreciate the nuances. Probably even you. And we don’t need to be motivated for that. I guess it just boils down to what your real interests are. Having said all that, I still think not reading is an unpardonable offence. My reading has become so irregular that I can feel myself turning dumber. And of course, the writing suffers too. :)


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    Muthuvel says:

    Hey..you see i have bought ‘Life of pi’ ,’A monk who sold his ferrari’ and ‘The Alchemist’. Haven’t turned a leaf yet…but i think i’ll start reading any one of them this weekend…(must start…hmm..must..oh my god help me please).


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    Roopa says:

    You liked Fountainhead? Really? Ayn Rand I thought was so overrated. Atlas Shrugged was atleast more readable!


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    Manoj says:

    Roopa: “…bookmarks for my memory”. I put that (kind of) disclaimer, despite sounding cheesy, only because it’s been a long time since I read a good book. I’m not sure if they really “mean” anything to me, but I sure do remember the reaction it evoked in me as a teenager. So maybe if I read ‘The Fountainhead’ now, I’ll share your opinion of Ayn Rand’s writing. And I never got to read ‘Atlas Shrugged’.

    Muthuvel: Good going…let me know how you liked them.


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