FM Stations and books

Anita Bora writes about FM stations and so does Sukanya which finally prodded me onto getting a post on the state of things. Frankly, the inanity of the RJs sometimes hilarious also provide some entertainment for someone who has only books for company. I like the Rainbow FM (which is perhaps the AIR FM) for the nice collection of music it plays on Sundays especially evening. And if one is listeing to Radio Mirchi (Sakkath hot magaa…) then the hilarity of the questions in the broken Kannada I manage to comprehend (thanks to Learn Kannada in 30 days which I have been reading for the past 45 days) leaves one stunned. Of course there is “Sleeveless Sarsaa” to begin with…If you don’t have a music system (I do not) or a TV (again I do not) and want to take a break from reading books or working on the computer then FM does provide the correct dose of inane peek into the current trends in nearly everything. Why last night there was someone with a sultry voice going by the name of “Dr Love” who dished out dating advice (thankfully in English) which I am sure would have had runab in splits.

On the state of books – now I have a few pending on the ToRead pile : why does this sound familiar ? While I got my hands on Thug: The True Story of India’s Murderous Cult which might turn out to be a good read. I have just glanced through the first 20 odd pages and the flow of the language is narrative which is sweet. Some details on Thuggee. Currently reading up on Hitler and the Holocaust which leaves only The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich to glance through again. Anyone who has Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer and is willing to lend it for a week do get in touch.

Pottering around the house

I forgot to mention that I managed to locate a house in Rabindranath Tagore Nagar (or rather Ganganagar extension) which runab came down and set up. Nowadays, the slob in me has gone into deep sleep and a fusspot seems to have emerged. So the floors are swept regularly, swabbed/mopped, the kitchen is just so, the washing is on schedule. No piled up waste and certainly nothing that gives the appearance of the house being not in order. Strange what living alone and far from family can do to you. Even shopping has become a sort of ritual with proper planning and the works.

One of these days I plan to put up the recipes I use for my daily cooking – one of these days 🙂

What’s Your True Color?

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Your true color is Black!

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Your color is black. The color of night. Serene and mysterious, black conjures up images of elegant evening gowns, dashing tuxedos, and gleaming limousines. Traditionally a symbol of success, black also represents power and an uncompromising demand for perfection. Not surprisingly, you tend to set challenging goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve them — your strength of character is second to none. This unfaltering determination, along with your natural elegance, impresses people. But keep in mind that your personality might be intimidating to some. Try to temper your demanding side with a little softness — trust us, it won’t kill you. Overall, though, black is the color of professionalism and achievement, which means it’s clearly the color for you.

Only the paranoid survive

Got into (re)reading the book simply because a long time associate raah-raah-ed about it while talking about Strategic Inflection Points which in a manner of speaking would not be different from Tipping Points. And I still don’t understand as to what made the book a runaway success that it was. The next bit of reading that I have stocked up is The Argumentative Indian which I guess from a cursory glance a plod. Some books are best read online through hyperlinks rather than a laundry list of references…

So what keeps me busy ?

Hmm…read a few books of late and for a change they have been good enough for a repeat read. These include The Kite Runner – a very nice book not because of the simplicity of the writing but because the imagery is vivid enough to make you think. There is an official site here. Lance Armstrong has been a fascinating character for all – the allegations of doping notwithstanding so when I got a chance to read this I thought it was worth plodding through it to understand as to what keeps a person ticking. And finally Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us – well written narrative with the right touch of introspection that makes a book worth a second and perhaps a third read. If you like a sweeping narrative tinged with a hint of poignancy I recommend that you read The Kite Runner and The Space Between Us.

Currently have The Bhagvad Gita by Bibek Debroy at hand to read through

A look at life – lived, loved and longed for.

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