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Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

I am an avid book reader. I prefer to read books by Indian authors or books set in India. I am also very interested in the Hindu religion/philosophy, so I do quite a bit of reading in that area. I also enjoy attending my local Hindu temple. It is so beautiful there, and the people are so gracious. They also serve delicious food. It is served with such love it is a joy to partake. I also am a real armchair traveller, so travel literature is a real favorite . I have also become a practising Buddhist, so I do a tremendous amount of studying, which I love. I enjoy going to my local Buddhist temple for study and meditation. Just to walk into the shrine room and see the beautiful serene statue of Buddha is very calming. I am also attending Yoga classes regularly, which I enjoy very much.I am also trying to improve my meditation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Change in List

I have decided to change one book on my "Winter Challenge" list.For the longest time I have had the book "Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini". I do not know why I have been putting off reading this. Husband read it and said it was one of the best books he had read in a long time. I have also read glowing reports on BC. So to "force" myself to get to it I decided to add it to my "challenge". The problem was then, what do I remove. After much thought I decided on "Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux"

Lets hope that KR lives up to my expectations.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

First Book in Winter Challenge.

I have decided to start with "Inheritance of Loss" as Lotus77,Hindu Mommy and Melissa are also reading this title first. It will be fun to share our thoughts.

Well, I have finished this book and I am so upset that I really did not enjoy it at all. I just could not stay focussed on the storyline at all. I must admit however that the book was very well written but...........the story did not seem to round out for me, I could not feel any real interest in the characters. I am not a lover of storylines with continual flashbacks. I find them too frustrating.

From all the glowing reviews, I wonder if I was reading the same book as everyone else. Maybe I should read it again sometime. But sadly, I have to say, this book was not for me.

Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge

I have just finished this lovely book. Lucy travels to India on a spiritual quest. She is determined to return home as a "Yoga Goddess"However, things do not turn out quite as Lucy had hoped. She moves from ashram to ashram forever searching.She meets a variety of funny and interesting people along the way. The Guru's she met however did not seem to hold the elusive recipe for which she is searching. I especially liked her views on her interaction with the locals. Especially the "upside downing".
This was a really funny entertaining book to read. I was sorry when it ended.

Fried Eggs With Chopsticks by Polly Evans

I really enjoyed this travel book of China. China is a huge country with a very unique culture. I loved the way Polly describes with warmth the people she met and her frustration at times with the language. Her decription of the children, the toilet system, and most of all the embalming of Mao Tse Tung left me smiling for ages. I must admit I shuddered at all the hawking and spitting that she encountered. That would finish me off. All in all it was a good read.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

First Post On My New Blog

Well, I did not have any notion of starting a blog. Then I read on Lotus77 blog about the Stacks Winter Challenge. As I have a mountain of books to be read I thought this would be a real incentive to whittle the pile down a bit.

The five books I have chosen are:-

Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai - Finished
Fine Balance- Rohinton Mistry - Finished
Cuckoo Bird - Amulya Malladi- Finished
Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - Finished
Nightbird - Anita Rau Badami- Finished
I do have a couple that I need to finish first, but I think I should be able to manage to get through these. I had wanted to include "Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth, that is a really fat book and I think that would be a bit over the top for me. However, I do hope to get to it in the new year.

I really am looking forward to this challenge and watching how everyone is going. It is going to be fun.
Next post up I will do a mini "Bit about myself"