Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

30 Day Book Meme #4

Day four of the 30 Day Book Meme and time to answer the fourth question.

Day 4: Your favourite book in the series.

This has to be Bhootnath Khand 4. Full of exciting adventures and deepening mystery, this book always gives me an adrenaline rush. Don't go by the cover (which is a copy-book example of hideous cover-art), this really is a wonderful series.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a 7 day long celebration of book blogs and bloggers. Each day a new topic is posted for you to comment on. There are also giveaways, guest posts, awards etc.

Today’s Topic
While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!

Well, Book Blogging became fun for me the day I discovered Yvette's blog, in so many words... I was totally a novice at that time and didn't even have an idea of how to follow a blog! So I'd go to google, type the blog's name and then reach her blog. And it was always rewarding. It still is the blog I frequent the most. Yvette encouraged me tremendously not only by replying to my comments and by leaving comments of her own but also by becoming the first follower of my blog. So thanks a lot Yvette. Without you I would not be enjoying this so much.

Believe me, if you are not following her blog, you are missing something. See for yourself at:

A link in Yvette's blog led me to Bev's MY READER'S BLOCK. And am I glad! Bev is a Reading Challenge Addict [and proud of it :) ] She also hosts challenges of her own. If you are game, you can still join her vintage mystery or color-coded challenges. Bev astounds me by how much she reads and blogs. And she has a knack of picking up vintage mysteries from Used Book Shops :). Check out her blog at:

For questions related to reading, no one can beat Deborah at The Book Stop. I enjoy her posts because often they make me reflect and think about my own response to books.

A blog that is tremendously helpful to those always on the look-out for a new challenge is A Novel Challenge. The original owners of the site have graciously handed over the blog to others as they have other commitments. Hats off to The Book Vixen for taking the show forward and not letting it die.

Last but not the least is John's Pretty Sinister Books. If you like reading (about) out of print/ vintage mysteries than you'll fall in love with John blog. His way of writing is also enthralling in itself. Over here:

There are many other blogs that I follow and love. Thanks to all for making this such a pleasurable experience.


To see the responses of others, go here:

30 Day Book Meme #3

It is the third day of the 30 Day Book Meme, so time for the third question.

Day 3: Your Favourite Series

This has to be a childhood favourite. I remember when my father introduced us (my sister and I) to the world of aiyari and tilism. The books in question were Chandrakanta and its sequels: Chandrakanta Santati, Bhootnath, and Rohtas Math. During those days the two of us would often fight over the books and Papa would play peacemaker. I remember many a summer day and winter night spent in discussing this series comprising of 16 books in all.

For Harry Potters may come and Harry Potters may go but these books go on for ever...


For more on this book meme, see my earlier post:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

30-Day-Book-Meme #2

The 30 Day Book Meme requires one to answer a book related question daily for a period of 30 days.

Day 2: A book that you have read more than 3 times.

There are many books that I love and which I have read more than once and many passages/ chapters from them umpteenth times. But one book that holds me in thrall is Agatha Christie's masterpiece
And Then There Were None. It is said that mysteries lose their charm after one read, but this book has such power that even after reading it many a time and knowing the identity of the murderer, I still find it as gripping as ever.

If you too want to participate in this meme, you can read my earlier post:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun meme hosted by Book Chick City where one lists the books that one wishes to read.

Right now, here's the book that I want more than any other book:

The Story Teller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Every year, the story teller Hassan, recounts the mysterious disappearence of a young foreign couple who are believed to have been murdered by his brother. Other people talk about their version of the event and the book becomes an exploration in the shifting perception of reality.

To see what others are wishing for, go here:

Friday, September 9, 2011


At Nishita's Rants and Raves, I came across this interesting 30-Day Meme, which requires one to answer one question per day for a period of thirty days. I may not be able to do it daily but since it seemed like fun, I too have hopped in.

 Here are the questions:

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favourite series
Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favourite writer
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character
Day 17 – Favourite quote(s) from your favourite book(s)
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favourite romance book
Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favourite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favourite title(s)
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time


Day 01: The Best Book that you read last year.

Read quite a few interesting ones last year but the book that I found simply impossible to put down and thus read at one go was Ethel Lina White's Some Must Watch. It is a taut murder mystery where the tension becomes almost unbearable at the end. I finished it in the dead of the night and then had to sleep with the lights switched on. :)


To see Nishita's responses, go here:

Friday, September 2, 2011

House of Horrors: Police at the Funeral

Mr. Campion began to understand Marcus' remark of the previous evening: "If I lived in that house I might easily feel like murder myself." That atmosphere of restraint which is so racking in adolescence was here applied to age, and Campion experienced a fear of stumbling upon some weak spot where beneath the rigid bone of repression, human nature had begun to ferment, to decay, to become vile. There was no telling what manner of secret lay hidden in that great house rising up over his head, yet he was acutely conscious of its existence.

This seems to be the season of formidable ladies who rule over their house with an iron-cast grip. Murder of a Martinet had one, in this book there is another: Caroline Faraday who rules over her house and an assortment of children: William, Julia, Kitty, Andrew. So far so good. Only these children happen to be middle-aged men and women who really should know better than to bicker and fight and be petty and mean. Anyway, one day Andrew goes missing. The disappearance of such an unpleasant man should not distress anybody but it does. So enter Mr.Campion who in his individualistic style unearths the dark, sordid secret of the house.

To me this was the least enjoyable of all the Allinghams read so far. I really can't empathise with grown-ups acting like a bunch of kids. So the characters put me off. And the skeleton that tumbles out of the genteel English mansion simply made me grind my teeth. The book has its moments but the tame ending makes it one of the flattest mysteries ever read.


First Line: When one man is following another, however discreet may be the pursuer or the pursued, the act does not often pass unnoticed in the streets of London.

Author: Margery Allingham

Publication Details: Middlesex: Penguin, 1971

First Published: 1931

Pages: 252

Series: Albert Campion


The book might be available in libraries or second-hand books shops. I borrowed it from Hardayal Library at Fountain. 


Submitted for the following challenges:

Vintage Mystery

Mystery and Suspense


Borrowed Book