Fellow Book Worms :)

My Bookish Friends :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Books I'm Carrying For My Vacation

Hey my lovely book worms,

As this is a big vacation season in India, I am heading out with my hubby and daughter for about 03 weeks, will be visiting family and friends and taking a short trip to HongKong as well (daughter was terribly missing Disneyland and so were we actually!) ;-)

Have been doing a lot of reading and came across some really good books and some not so good ones too. As I'm part of the Goodreads annual book reading challenge, I've finished reading 64 books this year out of the 70 that I had challenged myself I will read...and I will!

I recently read a lot of stories in the Bengali language, which is my parents' language and my original too. And currently am reading this beautiful book by one of my favourite writers Alan Hollinghurst called The Line of Beauty - really, its a visual masterpiece. I've read The Swimming Pool Diaries by him, and was eagerly looking forward to starting this one too. Now finally did (started it yesterday) and am loving every single bit of it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bengali Literature: Getting Back To My Roots

This photograph is from a wonderful blog I happened to visit by chance. Its a magical place of simple storytelling going on every day. Do visit the blog. Its called Right In Front of Me

Of late I've been reading a lot of books, but these have been so different from what I generally read that I'm not sure it will make any sense for me to talk about them here. Maybe, I will still try later.

I usually read books only in the Indian language, but as it was Durga Puja recently (for those who're not aware of this culture, this is the biggest festival for Bengalis and happens around October), I ended up going to book stalls that had been specially created for the festivities. Of course I can't come out of a book store/stall without a book, and since I can read my language (though must admit it takes me a lot longer to read it than english!) I wanted to get some Bengali books for myself.

I picked up a huge novel, and three books that are collections of short stories and short novels. I finished one of these collections. So that's why I wasn't able to write much about the books I was reading right now. But I'm now reading a fantastic book and will come back to you with details about it soon.

What are you reading?

- Debolina Raja Gupta