Friday, May 5, 2006

must read...

friends,
I just finsihed a great book which some of you might have even read as its been out for a while...its called Kite Runner.
A great portrayal of life in Afghanistan from the '70s to present day.Its fictional interwoven with true facts and is quite a page turner.
If you all get a chance - do read.
Any suggestions...looking for something exciting to read.Any recommendations??

hugs and have a great weekend y'all.

arti

13 comments:

DIPALI said...

i managed to get hold of a copy of Opal Mehta ( famoous for plagarism : Kaavya Vishwanath ) and its a fast read...rather nice ...i must try and get hold of the books shes copied from now :)

Must get hold of Kite runner..heard its pretty good.

Ujwala said...

i havent read any great ones off late - two that i can remember are Mistress - Anita Nair and The Twentieth Wife - Indu Sundaresan. Both are ok. The book that Piya had recommended - Snow by Orhan Pahmuk has got very good reviews. My copy is waiting to be read. However, a movie that i could recommend which is a black comedy - Keeping Mum - british humor with Rowan Atkinson. I hated him in Mr Bean but have liked him very much earlier in Black Adder and even in The Thin Blue Line. Dipu I have heard that the Kite Runner is depressing so even though Ramesh has read it I have stayed away.

DIPALI said...

oh hell... i hate books that make me sad.... i like ones that lift the spirit.... Mills and Boons zindabad :) shucks.,.. i havent read a M&B since i was expecting Diya ( 2 years now ) and that time i read millions after almost 15 years... dont ask me why i read them during my pregnancy but all i know it made me pass those days faster ! pOOR RAJEEV Was at the recieving end of my new found romanticsm.

Ujwala said...

arti you tell us - was it sad 'n depressing? I dont think i've read MB's since I left school :P heh! heh! The book that i've picked up to read (and i've picked it up several times before and failed to move beyond the first few pages) is Woman of Cairo by Noel Barber. It comes highly recommended by all who've read it since I've acquired it :D still on page 1. Will put in an update once I finish it.

Geetanjali said...

I agree ...The Kite runner is a must read. I could not put it down till I finished it. However, it is heart and gut wrenching.
Read something called The Hills of Angheri - Kavery Nambisan, less memoriable but a good read all the same... and much gentler

Ujwala said...

I enjoyed "On the wings of Butterflies" by Kaveri Nambisan, very much. I liked one called Maya by Nirmala Moorthy ( http://nirmalamoorthy.com/ ) even better.

arti manaktala said...

parts of Kite Runner are heart wrenching at Geetu right said...but there are parts that are uplifting too.
thanks for the suggestions.going to buy Snow as the reviews are great.more soon..on our literary column.
hugs to all,arti

Anonymous said...

Any body want to start a discussion about the Da Vinci code? I thoroughly enjoyed it although I did not stay up all night to read it like I do the Harry Potter books. Dipu, did you ever read Georgette Heyer books? These are set in the Victorian times and have a wonderful British humor to them as well as romance. Smeeta's mom used to read them and I started reading them through her. I have not read a whole lot in the past few months which is unusual for me. I saw Opal Mehta.. in Landmark in Chennai. Sad story!
You know, we could write a book between the lot of us and become famous and rich and we have so much material that we wil lnever have to plagerize!What say you folks?
Rohini

Ujwala said...

on daVinci code
i stayed up until the wee hours reading the book and i hadnt done that in while then or since and recollect enjoying the book immensely but would you believe it, with my horrid seive like memory, i've forgotten it all. :( have only the vaguest of recollections as to what it was all about.

give me some tips on how to prop up this memory of mine. it used to be bad when i was in school and it's only got much worse!

on writing a book
i've been telling a few of gala's friends to get together and write a book coz they were up to as much mischief as us in school and a couple of them can really write well. I think I even mentioned it to Sangeeta, offering to market it if she wrote it! I love the idea but cant write for nut :(

arti manaktala said...

Ujj...the movie is coming out on May 19th...supposed to be a close,close match to the book.Thats to be seen as I have found the books far out weigh any movie..

Anonymous said...

Arti
True words, I don't think the movie will outclass the book.
Uj
When we write our book all it has to have is proper grammer and spelling. It will be different from all other books in that it wil lmake sense only to us!
How about that?!!
Rohini
sorry cannot log in through this computer.

Ujwala said...

now a days it is easy to print even one copy of a book. I'd love to have a book with photographs collected from everybody and put together for whoever wants to pick up a copy. we could have a page per person and put all the photographs collected from everyone there. or something like that. what do you think? it could be a long term project - like maybe two years :D so that we have it ready to hand out when we meet after we finish 25 years!

Anonymous said...

Hey Uj
Its like a scarap book. That will be really neat.
Sign me up.
Ro