I was cleaning up our living spaces upstairs, and as is my wont, I went around complaining (aka muttering- how no one picks up after themselves in this house) and picking up stuff from places they shouldn't be in. For all my complaints, I am no better myself - I have books lying all over... Continue Reading →
Le cart, this week.
People often ask for book suggestions. I find this intriguing though. For I believe, it is never a 'natural reader' who asks for recommendations. Such people, I am sure have a perennially long list of books that they desperately wish to get to. The list never ends and therefore they voluntarily never really ask someone... Continue Reading →
“It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning.” -Lincoln Steffens in his 1925 essay. Tsundoku is acquiring reading material and letting them pile up, without actually reading them. Apparently there is actually a dedicated term for my affliction.... Continue Reading →
Walking on eggshells.
I assume many have abandoned this blog by now. I can see the numbers dwindle and my hard work wither away. It's been so long, and so sparse. The posts on this page are as rare as rain in Doha, and I could blame circumstance, life and the universe for it. But in truth, I... Continue Reading →
Some days, you are The Universe's puppet. You wake up slouchy. The alarm fails you. The coffee- maker stutters and dies. The milk boileth over. There is a mammoth, God forsaken jam at the petrol station. And a scuffle in the parking lot. Sambhar stains your crisp, white linen shirt. And your colleague let's you... Continue Reading →
Nerdy Sunday- What’s on Dr J’s bookshelf this week?
I have had to scale back on reading for pleasure. Drastically. I have still been sneaking in a few books here and there though. For sustenance. And yes, the subscriptions, journals and magazines also tend to pile up; and I am forced to devote some of the scare and precious reading time to them as... Continue Reading →
These days I'm a compulsive blogger. It's almost as if I HAVE TO blog. For the longest time, the very last thing I did before "dying" for the night, was read. Now I blog. Put the baby to sleep. Gossip with the hubster. Read. Blog. 'Tis the new routine. Surely, it won't last for long.... Continue Reading →
What’s on my book- shelf this week? And reading routine.
Hella folks! My last "What's on my book-shelf" post was ages ago. Things have changed a bit since then. I am back to work again... Yay! Have applied to a couple of fellowships as well, so I maybe a fellow soon. Back to the crazy hours.... I have to get back into the game. Read... Continue Reading →
Nerdy Sunday! The Lowland- Jhumpa Lahiri
June brought clouds that concealed the sun, storms that turned the sea gray. The atmosphere was raw enough for Subhash to keep wearing corduroy slippers instead of flip-flops; to continue to pre-heat the electric blanket on the bed. The rhythm of the rain was nocturnal, drumming heavily on the rooftop, tapering to a drizzle in... Continue Reading →