Joy says I can considered myself tagged. So here goes.

1. Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it.

Scar on my right leg. Interesting shape, mottled with fairness and positively ghastly! Got it from the scalding silencer of someone's bike. No, I don't remember.

2. What is on the walls in your room?

Oh, Buddha inspired figures on dark blue, within golden frames. I wish I had the Renoirs. I do too. Sibling beat me to it. Hmph. I bet she can't even pronounce Renoir. Of course, they are impressions. Of course :)
Mother Martinet does not allow posters and such atrocities on the pristine walls. Sheesh.

3. What does your phone look like?

May I answer this question in a year? You know, when I actually possess a contraption that can be termed a real, live, functional phone.

4. What music do you listen to?

Oh rock, retro, jazz....a lot actually. A LOT. Right now I am listening to The Dandy Warhols, The Shins, Rare Earth, Link Wray and Howard Shore.

5. What is your current desktop picture?

A black lab. I share computer with sibling and parent.

6. What do you want more than anything right now?

To move down south where my entire social fraternity resides. Preferably with a cushy job. Jesus Saves?

7. Do you believe in gay marriage?

Hmmm...I suppose so. Haven't dedicated much though to it since, you know, it isn't exactly pertinent *cough cough*.

8. Are your parents still together?

Yes. Still. How?

9. What are you listening to?

Refer 4 up and above.

10. Do you get scared of the dark?

Oooh yes. I sometimes sleep with the lights glaring down on my face (and yes the aliens will kill me!)
The aliens are vanquished by light. Duh.

11. The last person to make you cry?

Scotch, my adorable cocker spaniel. He has assumed the family name so yes, he is a person.

12. What kind of hair/eye type do you like on the opposite sex?

Oh there are more important things. Like a broad chest and nice legs. No, I am NOT gay (refer 7).

13. Do you like pain killers?


14. Are you too shy to ask someone out?

No. But I shall hope that neither are they :)

15. Favourite pizza topping?

Meat and cheese. No wait. Cheese and meat.

16. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?

Porridge. And fruity-tooty cakes.

**Oh and I tag Suraj (yes do it on your poetry blog, yes?) and anyone else I might not know as well as I want to. That means YOU.


It's been long time post coming. And all relevance of movie-reviewing (refer last post) having been lost, I shall continue with opinionating (yes, yes I invent words) on the plethora of books I have read of late.

First I finished Cat and Mouse by Gunter Grass. He is an artist of detail, with something as seemingly inconsequential as a vulgar Adam's apple being likened to a sly, stealthy game of....Cat and Mouse! Unfocussed on the story-telling, Grass recounts events. And whether or not one is supposed to read between the lines can be removed to discretion because reading this work is all about translating. From powerful words to vivid pictures.

Then I started and finished not one, but two Harry Potters (I remain an unabashed fan). Yes, The Deathly Hallows and The Half-Blood Prince (again). In fact I have read those two so many times over the past month that my sibling and I have been reduced to discussing the loopholes (oh and they are a few!!) in the plot in excruciating detail. For one, why do the ruddy wizards mess up when donning muggle clothes when clearly that's what you are wearing often enough throughout your school life in Hogwarts? Or maybe I have succumbed to the bad habit of mixing books with movies. Maybe.
For two (SPOILER ALERT) why o why does Narcissa Malfoy lie to Voldemort that Harry is dead. I mean if it was the victory celebration that would have taken her to the Hogwarts grounds, that would have happened anyway had she betrayed his thumping heartbeat. Voldemort wouldn't have waited long to kill poor, defenseless Harry. Unless Narcissa knew the curse would rebound. Did she?

Ramblings apart, I continued with Snow by Orhan Pamuk. Before this I had read My Name is Red by the same author and the deviation from the ornate style that he adopts in that is strikingly obvious. But I liked Snow very, very much. They geometry the protagonist discovers in every unique snowflake is confirmed almost immediately to an emotion, a phase he himself is experiencing with a sensitive (yet often aggressive) description. And the story telling is convincing; based in Kars, Turkey inhabited by the much glamourised religious fanatics, the staunch liberals who disavow all such impulses, and the ones stuck in between.

Then the following week I completed The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan and The Squabble by Nikolai Gogol. The Bonesetter's Daughter was a decent read. Compelling and swift. I found the descriptions weak, yet the story of Chinese immigrants in The U.S. was again, cogent.

However, my favourite was Gogol. He is an indiscriminate artist of description. Vivid detailing that infuses electric life into the most inanimate objects. Lovely. Although I was detached from my enthusiastic attraction for a moment when Gogol (like Kundera and Pamuk) insisted on connecting the story to his self , by introducing networks with the characters or some such (Kundera does it in The Unbearable Lightness of Being and justifies it (most implicitly) by announcing kitsch as the foundation of any and every art.) But I grew to understand the cardinal nature of story-telling. Oh well, I suppose I will live.

But seriously, Gogol comes with a golden star and three smiley faces.