Sunday, June 12, 2005

I am 'IT'!

Well, Venkitu sir has tagged me and I am 'IT' now!

Total books I own:
Around 250 back home in India. At present, around 40 in the US. Would like to transport my library here sometime.

Last book(s) I bought:

* The History of Civilization - Parts VIII and IX (Will and Ariel Durrant).

This epic series spans 10 volumes and covers the development of civilizations from pre-historic times to the present times. One of the most amazing historical accounts I've come across!

* A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

Simply a masterpiece!

* Ponniyin Selvan

Requires no review! :)

Last book I read:

Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer

Light reading. Victorian era romantic comedy.

Last Book I was Gifted:
1000 Places to see before you die

Book that made 0 sense to me:
Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

It is no exaggeration to say that in 23 years of my life, this is one book out of which I understood zilch. Nothing against the author. It is just dumb 'ol me!

Books that mean a lot to me:

Ponniyin Selvan (Kalki), The Road Less Traveled (Scott M. Peck), Katradhum Petradhum (Sujatha), Theivathin Kural (Compilation of Paramacharya's talks), Lessons of Life (Ariel and Will Durrant), Calvin and Hobbes (Comics by Bill Watterson), The Color Purple (Alice Walker), The Kitchen God's Wife (Amy Tan), Freedom at Midnight (Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre)

Now, it is my turn to tag!

I tag:


All those tagged, you've got to compile a similar list and keep the tag going around..:)


Me said...

books and me are at opposite ends....i was not at all interested in bloggin until i read dumbs blog..... mebbe a good book will interest me in to reading sometime...mebbe mebbe not.....

"Ponniyin Selvan" - everyone on my blogroll has read this...shame on me for not reading it till now....

"a brief history of time" is my roomies fav...its lyin at my house for more than a yr and haven't touched it yet....

just many times have u read "Ponniyin Selvan" -just a rought count

offtrack waiting to see cind ur post on that

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Good one Subha, A lot of books/authors in your list are new to me. I'll check them out though.

How is the book '1000 places to see before you die'?

Subha said...

I've read Ponniyin Selvan 3 times fully! Cinderella Man seems to be doing bad at the box office but I liked it..So don't blame me if you don't find it interesting..:)

Subha said...

Venkitu Sir,
"1000 places.." is to be read more as a guide to tourist destinations than as a book as such. But it has some pretty beautiful descriptions and info on where to stay, what to see, how to reach etc...Good one to have if you are planning some vacation!

Arch Storm said...

Satanic verses was one of the most widely interpreted works of salman rushdie. But i thought that he was a litle too aggressive ...and that cost him...remember the fatwa?

Freeyavedu said...

Booka.. Naana... Appadina enna ?

Anonymous said...

Aandavan than KaApathanum Unnai !


Zeppelin said...


am literally drawing blanks right now...

and talking about books.... hehee..well, the only ones that i have read that appealed to me were "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.." (robert pirsig), Prey (michael crichton) and now reading "I flew for the Fuhrer...", written by a Nazi pilot...

on the other side, cant get enough of music and cds and mp3 and whatever... you probably already know that.. :)

cheers !

Anonymous said...

Around 250 back home in India. Wow... u seem to be a voracious reader...
From ur current collection do u have any good books on comedy or mystery novels that I can borrow?


Zeppelin said...

was just wondering, does your book collection include "Mallika Badrinath" ? ;)

and am not kidding, thought i could borrow or make copies.....sometime.... hehe

kamal said...

Ethiri, here is the list !!!, You took a precious hour away from my slumber.

Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

Did you really read "Satanic Verses"? You should be a very patient individual

sb said...

idha madiri matti vidarthukku munnadi edhukkum oru dhadava sollidu. Just kidding!!! Somehow managed to get some stuff outside the box. :-)
கற்றதும் பெற்றதும்

Shiva said...

I had to read Satanic Verses and Midnight Children with a thesarus next to me and it took me months to finish them - got bored midway but had to finish em.... they are both very interesting works though, made sense to me almost 4-5 years after I read them..

Ponniyin Selvan is a terrific masterpiece. Have read it 3 times fully !!!

Subha said...

arch storm,

I know that book got the fatwa upon his head. That's why I wanted to read it. But unfortunately, other than one passage about a character eating pork, I couldn't make out what the hullabaloo was all about.

Subha said...

250 is nothing..:) My friends and my dad have an even bigger collection..:)

Subha said...

unakku is enough-nu ninaikkiren..:)

Subha said...

good you found the time to make a list!
the link that sb has posted doesn't work. Please follow the link from my blogroll.

Zeppelin said...

dho da.... Mallika enga, enga... cha cha...


vJ said...

hi subha,

if u are interested, i am giving here the links to online books of Sujatha composed by his fan Desikan. It has all the books written by him.

and some more links for online tamizh books.

Padiththu magizhungazh

littlecow said...

ponniyin selvan is the only tamizh book i have read. loved it. i could never understand a brief history of time... :-)

Sriram C S said...

Hmm...if you are interested in collecting Tamil books, you can try Wonderful site

Art said...

try out "Five Point Someone" by chetan bhagat... Simple book..

thennavan said...

Your list is interesting and shows your varied taste. Mine should be coming out soon and I dread it already (both thinking about it and composing it) just because I think it would get to the length of a week's worth of my usually longish posts.