Sunday, September 14, 2008

A date with books

Harini tagged me and man, this is a tag I love to do :-D

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
my parents encouraged me to read - they used to get me boks from Prabath book house - it was not a conventional book store, but a big red bus. they used to have stories translated from russian. I used to read a lot of them and then i joined the library at my dads village when i was in school. I always liked ot read, and i grew up listening tales of indian mythology from my grandma and reading russian flok tales from the books. 
It was my friends shyam who introduced me to English litereture. I started reading english books when i was doing 1st year Pre-University. And I started with Hardy boys :-D 

What are some books you read as a child?
Lot of flok tales from russia, malayalam novels and short stories. I used to look at Mirror and Misha - two russian magazines - Our library used to get them and my dad used to bring them home. Though I could not read and understand them, I used to look and imagine the life there. 

What is your favourite genre?
Anything other than sweet-sticky-mushy romance. 

Do you have a favourite novel?
A lot, and I have said about them many times in my blog. 

Where do you usually read?
I read at almost any place. If I am at home, I love lounging on my beanbag. I have the habit carrying the book I am currently reading with me when I go anywhere so that if I have to wait, I can read and pass time. 

When do you usually read?
Any free time I can get

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Nope. I kind of like to read one at a time. 

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Nope. I ain't a advocate of descrimination :P 

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
Buy them most fo the time, borrow them once in a while - but I borrow from those who I am really comfortabel with, and I lend to those whom I am really comfy with.
Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
Yes, I keep them. I want to ahve a library of my own :-D

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
Yes, i think so. but only thing is, now I dont see much russian folk tales and the books I used ot read as kids.  I would suggest Kerala, Bengali and Russian children's Literature

What are you reading now?
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Yes. I start doing it eitehr wehn I read some reviews and like the book, or when I am almost ready for next visit to book store. But I always not necesserily goes by that list. 

What books would you like to reread?
The list changes. Now on the top are - Kalam by MT Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam), My Childhood by Maxim Gorky and Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra.

Who are your favourite authors?
from Ayn rand to Grisham, From PG Wodehouse to Fritjof Capra, from Mt Vasudevan Nair to Shivarama Karanth, from Vijay Tendulkar to sadath Hasan manto, From Kafka to Khalid hosseini, the list goes on and on. 

i tag..
Preetz, Veenzie, Winnipoohi, Tia, Prats, Tys and Cess - u r always tagged. I would love to tag Busy_writer too, but she is alredy tagged. 

ps: If any of you read bengali literature, could you please ping me on my mail id? I am trying to get the name of some books I read during my school days, but i am not able to pinpoint them. Any help will be really appreciated. 


Cess said...

oh my, that s a pretty smart tag, i might take some time before doing it, i m a bit lazy to read book at the moment ;)
Nice post, u seems to read a lot!! Smart dude ;)



♪♪HARINI♪♪ said...

yaay you did it!!! yaay again!! and lol at your answer about reading fiction and non fiction at different places..
yaay you did it!!!

Enigma said...

ahh good to know that u also read a lot...i am so crazy about reading too and used to read so much its a sad situation....

♥bμşγ-ŵŗϊŧēŕ♥ said...

advocate of descrimination! :D Haha. Nice one.. yup i'm already tagged, will do this soon! :D

Winnie the poohi said...

ah i am so happy u tagged :D :D

I wanted to write about it anyways :D :D :D

ceedy said...

Good tag...and interesting inputs....

Ria said...

hmm nice tag and very interesting too! :)Well done!!

Joy said...

Misha. I used to read long time back.. Did you notice in all the russian stories, there would be Ivan the good and Ivan the bad ...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

You sure have a wide variety of literature on your shelf! :)

--xh-- said...

@cess: thnx, i would love to read ur tag...
@harini: :) i loved doing it...
@enigma: happy to see u more active :)
@b_w: :) ha ha.. do it, would love to read...
@winniepoohie: :-D do it da
@ceedy: thnx :)
@ria: :) thnx
@joy: yeah, true :-D Ivan the good and bad...
@sameera: :) I love reading...

preetz said...

Thanks for taggin me anooo...nice done with it, just yet to post it :D u read quite a WIDe variety of books...russian lit n all huh? :) :)

Pavi!!!! said...

woow..u read malyalam n bengali literature also..thts v.impressive...i read only english :(

Godd luck with settin up a library..someday...

Prats said...

done...check it out

usha said...

Misha! :)
I remember reading that!
long forgotten..

kartoos said...

nice tag. got to know about some books i should read

Anonymous said...

interesting one.
me too started like u Prabhat books and the russian stories