Monday, May 21, 2007

Tag: Books I have read, and, not read!

Geeta Jose Abraham (or, Geets in short) has tagged me with this meme and I am pleased to respond.

The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri (Oh, hum! Waded through the cute bits that paint stereotypes of Indians for a western audience.)
2. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (Like Arundhati’s power packed portrayal of Kerala.)
3. An Equal Music – Vikram Seth (Can’t say I liked it so much. But went along and finished the book. What I maintain is an Indian cannot get into the mind of an Englishman.)
4. The Vine of Desire – Chitra Divakaruni (Not read.)
5. Mulligatawny Soup – Manorama Mathai (Not read!)
6. The Burden of Foreknowledge – Jawahara Saidulla (Congratulations, Jawahara! You got published! Then I have hope! Will read your book.)
7. By the River Pampa I stood – Geeta Abraham Jose ( Geets, can I borrow a copy?)
8. My Story – Kamala Das (Not read.)
9. The Raj – Gita Mehta (not read.)
10. Circumferences – Suma Josson (Not read. Though, I hear Suma is a good writer.)
11. Mediocre but Arrogant – Abhijit Bhaduri (not read.)
12. The Enigma of Arrival – V.S.Naipaul (Loved Naipual’s description of English country. The enigma of landing in a strange country is appropriately documented!)
13. The Better Man – Anita Nair (Not read.)
14. Fault lines – Meena Alexander (Not read.)
15. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (Like Kiran’s kinky sense of humor. But the book falters in parts.)
16. Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai (Not read.)
17. Bookless in Baghdad – Shashi Tharoor (Not read.)
18. Train to Pakistan – Khushwant Singh (Not read.)
19. Difficult Daughters- Manju Kapur (Not read.)
20. Desirable Daughters- Bharati Mukherjee (Not read.)
21. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (Not read.)
22. The Feast of Roses – Indu Sundaresan (Not read.)
23. Malgudi Days – R.K.Narayan (Don’t remember having read it!)
24. Five Point Someone – Chetan Bhagat ( Browsed through it on Saturday at the Oxford Bookstore. Didn’t find anything great enough to make me want to buy.)
25. Anything for You, Ma'am – Tushar Raheja (Not read.)
26. The Moor's Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie (A great inspiration of a writer, and a setting in beloved Kerala and Bombay made this book a must read for a poor Mallu imitator of Salman like me.)

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2 comments:

Geets said...

John
Thanks for doing the tag. I guess I should get hold of "The Moor's Last Sigh" at the earliest as it is set in beloved Kerala... (as you call it)
About BTRPIS, has it not reached Mumbai yet? I heard it's available in Bangalore now.
Any update on Luke Varkey?
Best wishes
Geeta

John said...

Hi Geeta,

No, I haven't seen BTRPIS anywhere in Mumbai.

No update on Luke Varkey, sad, isn't it? But not losing hope.

best

J