Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I conquer Mount Blanc

Usually, I struggle to climb even the smallest peak in Bev's Mount TBR Challenge, unable to read even 12 books from my ever-increasing book piles. But this year, I have (much to my own surprise) finished 30 books in all. And what gives me even greater pleasure is that the number of non-fictional reads is more than double the number of novels read. So, though I had signed up for Pike's Peak, I ended up conquering Mount Blanc. Yahoo!!!

Here are the books read:


1. Clockwork by Philip Pullman
2. The Child Inside by Suzanne Buglar
3. The Safe House by Nicci French
4. The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
5. Coup D'etat by Ben Coes
6. The Inheritance by Tom Savage
7. Shadow Sister by Simone Van Der Vlugt
8. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondatjee
9. The Blue Note by Charlotte Bingham


1. Nehru Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
2. Maut ke Intezar Mein by Shiv Verma
3. Krantikarni Durga Bhabhi by N.K. Gupta
4. Krantimurti Durga Bhabhi by Vachnesh Tripathi
5. Batukeshwar Dutt: Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi by Anil Verma
6. Krantikari Batukeshwar Dutt by Sudhir Vidyarthi
7.  The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh by Ganda Singh
8. History of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha by Comrade Ram Chandra
9. Inqlabi Yatra by Manorama Dewan
10.The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle by Hiren Gohain
11.The Indian Ferment by H.G. Alexander
12. Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries by Rama Hari Shankar
13. Bejoy Kumar Sinha: A Revolutionary's quest for Sacrifice by Srirajyam Sinha
14. Shaheedon ke Humsafar by Sudhir Vidyarthi
15. Bhagat Singh par Durlabh Lekh by M.M. Juneja, Raghubir Singh
16. Krantiveer Chandrashekhar Azad aur Unke Do Sathi by Dharmender Goud
17. Lajpat Rai: Life and Work by Feroz Chand
18. Aapbeeti by Bhai Parmanand
19. Gandhi Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
20. Sardar Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi: Shiv Verma by Pramod Kumar
21. Bandi Jeewan by Sachindranath Sanyal

And for the first time, I am attempting "The Words to the Wise". This is how Bev explains it: "The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain."

So here goes:

A stitch in time...[saves]  The Inheritance 
Don't count your chickens...[at] The Cat's Table
A penny saved is.... [in] The Safe House
All good things must come... [to a] Coup D'etat
When in Rome... [forget] The Indian Ferment 
All that glitters is..... The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle
A picture is worth... [a] Shadow Sister
When the going gets tough, the tough get... [ready for]  The Summer of the Bear
Two wrongs don't make... [right] The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh
The pen is mightier than.... The Blue Note
The squeaky wheel gets... [a] Clockwork
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries
Birds of a feather flock...[to] The Child Inside


  1. Well done, Neeru! And I really like your creative way of completing those sayings.

    1. Thank you Margot, very kind of you.

  2. Neer, that is a very impressive list of nonfiction reads. Were all the books in English?

    1. Thanks Prashant. No, a majority of the Non-fictional reads were in Hindi. I don't know whether there is an elitist mindset behind it or not but I find that Indian English writers do not write about the revolutionary aspect of our freedom struggle.

    2. While I speak Hindi, I'm not good at reading in the language. So I prefer reading translated works.

    3. Yeah, this is pretty common, Prashant. Even I take longer to finish Hindi texts than the ones in English. Do you read Malayalam books? I have read a few in translation and so am very thankful to those who translate books.