Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blogging Challenge: A To Z

To become more involved with my blog, I've decided to participate in the A To Z Challenge.

This is what the challenge involves (copied from the host side):

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenges to post the letter of the alphabet every day during the month of April, with Sundays off for good behavior. Since April 1 falls on a Sunday, that will be the day we start with A. Whether you go with a theme or freestyle, your post must match the letter of the alphabet for that day. 

If you want to participate, than hurry up as there is only a day left to enter.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Bloggiesta Begins...

Well, Bloggiesta has started. What I intend to do during the event? First and foremost, I'd like to update my blog. Secondly, I'd like to learn new tips about blogging from the other participants. Thirdly, I'd like to be more organised about my posts.

I don't want to make a lengthy list because I am going to be reading the suggestions of others and then try to incorporate them.

The fun has begun...

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Lately, I haven't been able to devote much time to my blog and the result is that it has a run-down look. So, in order to over-haul it, I've decided to participate in the Bloggiesta being hosted by Suey at It's All About Books. This week-end promises to be fun.

 If you too want to participate in it, you can do so over here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


शहीदों की चिताओं पर जुड़ेंगे हर बरस मेले 

वतन पर मरनेवालों का यही बाक़ी निशाँ होगा 

In 1931, on this very day, three young Indian Revolutionaries were hanged to death by the British colonial government. A salute to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev who sacrificed their lives so that India could be free.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Reading Challenge # 30: Birth Year Honors

Last year, I participated in the Birth Year Reading Challenge, hosted by J.G. @ Hotchpot Cafe, and enjoyed it a lot. As I was not keen on reading books from the year of my birth, I rolled the die and subsequently read two books from the year 2009. The books were disappointing but I was lucky enough to win the grand prize. (Jane is one of the most generous hosts, because everybody who completes the challenge is assured of a prize).

This year, J.G has added a twist to the challenge. You can either read books published in the year of your birth or in the birth year(s) of those whom you want to honour. I am choosing the years 1940 and 1946 because my parents were born in these years.

Papa was born at Lahore in 1940. Seven years later, he, like many others, found himself unwanted in the land of his ancestors. As the political leadership, sitting in cushy comfort, discussed and drew new boundaries on the map of India, Papa, along with his family (and thousands of others on both sides of the border), started the long trek to the other side. Fear of being attacked and massacred at any given moment looming over their heads, they luckily made it safely to Delhi. Bereft of  belongings, staying in refugee camps or make-shift dwellings, studying in parks and under street lamps, taking up odd jobs, Papa strove and struggled and succeeded.

Mummy was born at Lyallpur in 1946. A mere infant, when India was partitioned, she too was carried to this side of the border. Amongst the first women in her family, to take up a job, Mummy yet left a good government post to take care of her home and family. Till date, Mummy can put us to shame with the amount of work that she does.

I'll be reading at least two books each from the years 1940 and 1946.

This is for you Mummy-Papa. I am so fortunate to have you.

If you too want to participate in the challenge, you can do so HERE.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

February: Pick of the Month

Crime Fiction Pick of the Month is a monthly meme hosted by Mysteries in Paradise. The idea is to list your favourite crime read of the month. Well, I read three mystery books in February, all good, but my vote goes to The Story of Ivy by Belloc Lowndes, first published in 1927.

February: the month that was

February, I could neither read nor blog much. However, I did buy 10 books including books by Colin Dexter and Rex Stout.

Read 3 books:

The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
The Mother Hunt by Rex Stout

Have been hard-pressed for time, so have been able to review only the first one.

Friday, March 2, 2012

February: A Classics Challenge

This Month's prompt of A Classics Challenge focuses on character.

The classic that I read is The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. And my favourite character from the book is John Jasper. We first encounter him in an opium den where he is an anonymous, shadowy figure. Later, the author provides us with a description:

Mr. Jasper is a dark man of some six-and-twenty, with thick lustrous, well-arranged hair and whisker. He looks older than he is, as dark men often do. His voice is deep and good, his face and figure are good, his manner is a little sombre.

The author continues: His room is a little sombre, and may have had its influence in forming his manner. It is mostly in shadow.

To me, Jasper remains in the shadows through out.

Perhaps, Jasper could have written this letter to Dickens

Respected Sir,

Why did you do this? The world now thinks I murdered my own nephew, Edwin. How is it possible? Yes, I resented how casually he treated my little Rosebud. But would I go to the extent of killing him? Why would I do it, when I loved him as much as I loved her, if not more? But everybody says I did it. And sometimes I wonder. You see I did take a journey and there was a fellow-traveller...


To read my review of the book, go HERE.