Day 5: A Book I Love

Just one? ONE!?! I’m picking 10. And since I haven’t continued with the ‘nostalgia posts’, I have decided to combine both in this post. So top 10 books that I remember reading during the 90s:

1. Killing Mr Griffin by Lois Duncan – A group of teengers plan to kidnap their English teacher and things (as expected) go horribly wrong. I remember desperately wanting to come back home from school just so that I could finish reading the book! (It was exam time and I couldn’t carry it to school with me.)

2. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier – I liked this book better than Rebecca actually. I’m not going to talk about why I love it because, you know, spoilers.

3. Party Summer by R.L. Stine – I admit, this book has no literary value as such. But it was this book that inspired me to go on a collosal writing spree. I spent the whole summer of ’97 writing short stories and discovered I actually enjoyed writing more than anything else.

4. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

5. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – Although I was perhaps a little too young to understand some of the allusive subplots, this book completely blew my mind nonetheless.

7. It by Stephen King

8. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon – Actually any book by Sidney Sheldon. My friends and I would devour his books.

9. Drop Shot by Harlan Coben – The book that got me hooked. I’ve read almost all his books now.

10. Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

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Day 1: Five Ways to Win Your Heart

This blogging thing is addictive! Rekha and I have embarked on another 30-day challenge. And this time it has been directly inspired by Melissa’s blog, A Boles Undertaking. So, five ways to win my heart?

1. Be kind. I’m talking about straight-from-your-heart, unadulterated type of kindness. Kindness that’s reflected in your eyes, smile, and voice. Kindness that isn’t contrived. Kindness without an agenda. Be kind to me, to those around you but most of all, be kind to yourself.

2. Love your life. Every minute of it. Be that person who lives – or at least tries to live – a full life.

3. Amuse me. I am instantly enamoured by people who possess a wry wit. Be punny. Some women like sweet nothings whispered into their ears – I’ll take a double entendre please.

4. Reddit.

5. Don’t support ManU or Chelsea – or even Bayern for that matter. Oh, and don’t be a frickin’ bandwagoner ;)

A Quickie

So I’m pretty bummed out after the disastrous match tonight. Thought I’d post something funny – this is the moment you realise my sense of humour kind of sucks. Here is a random bunch of Twitter messages from the past week that made me laugh.. or at least chuckle.

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Jay Leno

Joan Rivers

sister roberta

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Tweet of GodAlec Sulkin

frankie boyle

Horrosc0pes

Sanjeev Kohli

Made up stats

Growing up in the 90s

The 90s was a fantastic decade to grow up in! We had awesome TV shows like Buffy, Roswell and Charmed; pop music wasn’t about being a ‘Stupid hoe’; we read magazines like Smash Hits; watched awesome cartoons like Duck Tales and TMNT; and decorated everything with glitter. Yep! Good ‘ol days indeed.

Here’s a list of my favourite things from the 90s:

Boy bands: Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Five (or 5ive), Ultra, 911, A1, Another Level, O-Town, Code Red… I’m gonna stop right there. Looking back, I often wonder why I even spent my precious pocket money on half those records (audio tapes and then CDs) but boy, was I hooked!

MTV: Remember the days when MTV actually played music videos? And awesome ones at that too! I ‘discovered’ bands like Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, R.E.M. etc. solely thanks to MTV. (Yes, I did listened to all those bands in the 90s as well.)

Freddie Prinze Jr.: If you were a dorky girl back in high school – heck, any girl for that matter – I totally bet you had fantasies about meeting a guy like Zack Siler who’d sweep you off your feet. All my teenage fantasies revolved around Zack, come to think of it.

Fear Street: If you grew up in the 90s and without reading Fear Street (or for some others, Sweet Valley High) then I feel sorry for you. My Fear Street collection was something I was really proud of and I think I’ve read almost all the books in the series. Party Summer was my favourite.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: How the heck did we go from the likes of Angel and Spike to Edward Cullen? Tsk. Tsk.

Top of the Pops (magazine): I remember saving up aaaall my pocket money to buy TOPT. I’d immediately pull out the gigantic poster and put it up on my wall… and then do the same with the single/double page posters. Yes, my wall resembled a decoupage box.

Young Times: Which kid growing up in the Middle East in the 90s didn’t read YT? Best magazine ever!

Daily Prompt Post: Far from normal

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

Right. I have no delusions about my existence. Right now my life’s pretty mundane and predictable. However, I’m sure I can dig up some odd bits about myself for our entertainment… (some odd, some not so much)

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1. I live in Oman. Might not be unique to some, but when I go travelling it’s always fun to meet people who have never heard of Oman before. I always say, “Muscat (the capital city and where I live now), is a four hour drive from Dubai.” Yep, people have heard about our posh neighbours the UAE – but Oman has a charm of it’s own.

2. Some of my closest ‘friends’ are my ‘cousins’ (by association) – ages ranging from 14 to 19 – and I often go ‘partying’ with my parents and their friends. Yes, this is true. We have a very close-knit circle of friends and I’ve grown up around them… and sometimes I prefer hanging out with them over anything else.

3. I (like to think that I) have an eclectic taste in music. Have had the chance to watch artists/bands like: Incubus, Joshua Bell, Children of Bodom, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Angela Gheorghiu, Dimmu Borgir and Michel Legrand among many others.

4. I write letters which I’ll never post, to people whom I’ll never again meet… (usually deceased friends).

5. At 28, I have no clue what I’m doing.

6. I haven’t watched Sholay. Trust me, if you’re Indian – this is a BIG deal.

Random Top 20 Highs

1. When your last meeting/appointment with a client just before the weekend’s about to kick in, gets cancelled. (Awesome! The weekend starts a whole hour early.)

2. Entering your home after a hard day’s work to be greeted by an enthusiastic and overly affectionate pet.

3. When your iPod magically predicts your mood and plays your favourite song (when it’s on shuffle mode).

4. When a dress you’ve secretly been coveting gets it’s price slashed.

5. Re-discovering your favourite band.

6. Successfully separating the yolk from the white.

7. Reading old journal entries, laughing and thinking, “I can’t believe I actually wrote that!”

8. Making an accurate medical diagnosis solely based on your Grey’s Anatomy watching experience (hehe!).

9. Watching your favourite childhood TV shows (TMNT & Duck Tales specifically).

10. Unexpectedly winning a round at Tekken just by pushing some random buttons on the controller.

11. Getting a strike (in bowling).

12. When the shampoo & conditioner get over simultaneously.

13. When your favourite football club wins the Champions League.

14. Watching your favourite band perform live.

15. Driving around with my girlfriends, listening to our favourite songs and singing at the top of our lungs.

16. When you wake up with awesome hair.

17. Hearing someone speak with a Glaswegian accent.

18. When you drink water and it’s at the perfect temperature… soothingly cool.

19. When you wake up in the morning just to realise it’s the weekend.

20. Laughing about silly stuff with your folks.

Lists et al.

Gosh, I love making lists. Shopping lists, things-to-pack lists, books-to-read lists, regular bucket lists, weekly to-do lists… you get the idea. In a couple of years I’m going to hit the big 3-0 and I thought now would be a good time to draw up a list (or two). Also, El Clasico is on and I need to wrap this up before half-time’s up ;)

30 Things to do before I hit 30

Books to read:

1. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

2. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

3. Dead Air – Iain Banks

4. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

5. Neuromancer – William Gibson

Cities to travel to:

6. Barcelona

7. NYC

8. Bangalore (Yes, I’m that desperate)

9. Athens

10. San Francisco

Things to Learn:

11. Spanish (advanced)

12. Icing & piping & general cake decoration

13. Crochet Amigurumi

14. How to get the perfect blowout

15. How to play one song on the guitar

Movies:

16. Big Fish

17. Annie Hall

18. Dogtooth

19. Mulholland Dr.

20. Trainspotting

Travel & Entertainment (general) :

21. Attend an outdoor music festival

22. Volunteer on a farm/at a seaside town B&B

23. Watch a musical (Wicked, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, etc.)

24. Stay in the water huts in Maldives or Bora Bora

25. Fly first class

26. Attend Durga Puja in Kolkata

27. Have breakfast in bed

28. Travel solo

29. Go on a cruise

30. Enjoy a quiet lakeside vacation