Books.

ReadingI rarely read fiction and prefer the so called heavier stuff. I however do make exceptions when someone highly recommends a book in the genre and that is what happened recently.

My cousin Damodaran is fortunate in having a commercial lending library close to his home in Vashi and borrows from there regularly. During a recent visit there the librarian recommended John Grisham’s Sychamore Row to him which he like so much that he recommended it to me knowing full well that I do not normally read fiction. I accepted his recommendation and got a kindle copy which I finished reading just yesterday evening. I enjoyed the experience and carried out some research on the author. I discovered an author who I had never read before and a genre that seems quite interesting, using legal matters as background. My research on JG’s other books led me to download the prequel to this book featuring the same lawyer Jake Brigance, which apparently was the first book ever written by JG which was only published after he became a popular writer. I now look forward to reading A Time To Kill.

Another exception that I have made in reading fiction is Jeffrey Archer. I started reading him after I read about his colourful background just to see what he could write about and got hooked. Since his fourth book in the series of Clifton Chronicles, Careful What You Wish For has just been released, I have downloaded that also on to my Kindle and will shortly start reading it.

Early yesterday morning my sister Padmini another avid reader, suggested that I read a new author that she has discovered Anne Mustoe. Padmini further added that since I prefer to read it on Kindle she will reimburse the cost as she believes that the cost will punch a big hole in her nephew’s legacy. I have duly downloaded Lone Traveller: One Woman, Two Wheels and the World on to my kindle. It is priced rather higher than usual but the saving grace is that it is a travelogue and not fiction. I am quite intrigued at the personality of the late author and am looking forward to reading her as well.

So, I shall be rather busier than usual with such a back log of reading besides the earlier backlog of one more book to read loaned to me by Miriam for the next week or so during which, I will also be going off to Thane on a day’s trip to attend a 13th day ceremony in honour of my late cousin who died last week.

I may therefore be a little tardy in blogging if at all, but will most certainly post the LBC post come Friday next.

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18 Responses to Books.

  1. Ursula says:

    You say you prefer the “heavier stuff”. Some fiction can be so heavy, not to say downright incomprehensible, you don’t wish to carry on with it. And that’s before you’ve hit James Joyce.

    Someone once put to me that the older you get the less interested you become in fiction. The only reason I can put forward is that the more life experiences you have had yourself the less a fictional character has to offer. Which is a rubbish theory but sounds convincing.

    Archer is good if you are after a light read, a diversion. Literature he ain’t (sorry, Maxi – in UK English “ain’t” does actually work). There you go, Ramana, your intellectual snob of a friend, Ursula by another name, has spoken. Seriously, there are books (not least those I call “airport blockbusters”) I wouldn’t be seen dead with. Never mind read them.

    So, worm yourself into those books, get yourself lost without getting bored, and – as much as one can on an occasion like a memorial service – I hope you enjoy your day out.

    U
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    • I agree that some fiction can be very heavy indeed. In fact I am about to investigate Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. Going off from fiction was not an act of snobbery but can possibly be called evolutionary. From an act of entertaining myself to an act of learning. It coincided with my shift to spiritualism from materialism. Does that make sense? And, it is a big and, I have been reading fiction based on Indian mythology!

  2. tammyj says:

    you will be busy indeed!
    my reading is not mainstream. i know people who love grisham and all the movies that were made of his books. but i’ve not read him.
    a book recently recommended to me is
    ‘a drink before the war’
    by dennis lehane.
    have no idea of its content. so will check it out.
    i liked ursula’s take on fiction!
    but it’s all relevant i guess. i wouldn’t be caught DEAD with a romance novel. but i love m.c. beaton’s cozy english mysteries…
    agatha raisin and hamish macbeth.
    pure delightful escapism that many would consider a waste of time!
    but i find them a nice break from the eastern philosophies i read.
    gets me ‘out of my head’ so to speak. LOL.
    tammyj recently posted..clearness of knowing

  3. Alan G says:

    Not much of a reader Ramana so I’ll leave the reading to you. I’ll have to wait until someone decides to convert them to screen plays and then just watch the movie! 🙂
    Alan G recently posted..Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man?

  4. As I’ve gotten older, I lean more toward non-fiction. But still, I love a good novel. I’m currently reading Amy Tan’s “The Valley of Amazement,” which is harrowing at times.
    Secret Agent Woman recently posted..Green for St. Patrick’s Day.

    • I found Amy Tan rather heavy going some years ago when I read The Joy Luck Club and don’t think that I would like to read her again. I think that you would have to be either a mother or a daughter to appreciate her.

  5. I like biographies and history better than fiction. At the moment I’m listening to Five Came Back, a story of Hollywood and World War II. I’m enjoying it and am learning a lot.

    It sounds as if you’re happily busy. Good for you!
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Singapore Video

  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    At one point in my life, when I was very ill, someone recommended to read Mills and Boons stories! So a bunch were got from the local library. I think I managed 2 before I absolutely wanted to burn the rest 🙂

    I have to read a variety now, because of my study…some are hard going whilst others I can enjoy for what they are worth…I have a tendency to not read fiction but from time to time I just need a change
    Cathy in NZ recently posted..History: 8 destructive storms, NZ

  7. Maxi says:

    My late husband used to tell me the fiction I write is the hardest. “You have to start with a blank page, then write a story that makes the reader want to turn the page.”

    I understand Ursula, actually use ain’t in my writing. Just trying to make a point in the post I wrote.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  8. Anna says:

    You do a lot of catching up with reading and watching films. I admire that you find time for that much even if you seem to be a retired gentleman. I am also a reader and I am also returning to reading fiction. This is fun which we need in our lives. So I now read Kylie Chan’s fantasy series from time to time. Amazing how she is able to catch my attention. With her books, I even become fast reader which I am not. My typical reading though are psychology and coaching books, some easier philosophy and classics. I am curious what do you like reading yourself . Management? Political? Philosophy? Spiritual? Am I off the mark completely? Well, I covered such broad spectrum, that I perhaps guessed something.

    • Anna, I am retired but quite whether I am a gentleman is a moot point, at least to most of my family and friends. I have a lot of time to do these things because my household runs by itself like a well oiled machine and I have little to do after the morning chores are done with.

      My reading mostly revolves around spiritual matters, almost all Vedanta and Buddhism. I venture into modern positive psychology, some economics and rarely into management. Current affairs and blogging/visiting blogs also feature into my reading habits.

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