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And In September….

September is here, which means, October and by that extension, Fall is around the corner and atleast for next couple of months, Winter, lovely Winter is in season!! Yay!! Another Summer gone and another year is coming round! Time does fly , but I honestly cannot say that I want to go back to January 2017 and would much rather move to December 2017! But there are still some months to go and some more books to read!

As I have repeated time and time again, this is has been an overworked year where work pressure and studying for a certain certification has taken away a number of reading hours from me and therefore once again my reading plans are limited and I am leaving options to read basis my mood and level of tiredness, to make some real time reading plans. Having said that there are some books, that I am already in the middle of or read alongs that need to be completed and at the very least those, I can list down to make some sort of sketchy plans!

To begin with, there is the marvelous The Pickwick Paper Read Along hosted by O, heading for its conclusion soon! When I had first read this wonderful novel by Charles Dickens, I had not liked it much; but this re-read, maybe because of the timing or whatever, I really really loved and now look forward to the last few chapters! I also continue with Yasmin Khan’s The Raj at Work  – A People’s History of India’s Second World War. Just to make things a bit more interesting, I have decided to pair it with The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara. I also recently stated reading the much appreciated and  applauded history of mankind, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and am finding it a very interesting read,with some very interesting and unique hypothesis. Finally, Jane as usual got me interested in some little known works and I have downloaded Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye Smith and The Rector by the brilliant Margaret Oliphant. That is all I have mapped out as reading plans for the month.

This is the month of many Hindu festivals, so I am hoping for a little more of time off and a little more reading progress than what the previous months have shown, but knowing how things go, I am keeping this optimistic prognosis as a prognosis and we will see how things pan out as they pan out. I the meanwhile, I leave you with some shots of monsoon in India, specifically, of the grey skies and the blue black ocean, along the western coast of India, where I spent glorious, 10 days road tripping through last week!

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What The July Showers Bring

Finally July…Fall is only 3 months away and I survived yet another horrid Indian Summer. Actually, there are 3 more months to go, but these are technically the Monsoon months, where it rains and floods and while it is quite pleasant when it rains, immediately after that the humidity soars and the baking heat now with high humidity, makes life, well miserable to say the very least!! But like my oft repeated motto, as long as there are books, life will always look up!

Whats in my July book bag then? A very eclectic collection! I am slowly and by slowly, I mean barely crawling through Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War as part of the The Well Educated Mind Reading Challenge – Reading The Histories! And I cannot say, like Herodotus’s The Histories, I am enjoying it! In addition there is OMG-I-CANNOT-BELIEVE-HOW-PONDEROUS-IT-IS reading of The City of God by Saint Augustine, again part of the same project. History, the subject I love has never seemed such an uphill task! To continue my interest in the subject, it is extremely important, that I spice things up and I go to other end of the spectrum to read The Raj at War – A People’s History of India’s Second World War by Yasmin Khan. I have heard some amazing things about the book and am really looking forward to it! Now for Fiction, I have everything from 19th century Russia to 19th century England and finally, 19th century India. I should complete Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. I also continue with The Pickwick Paper Read Along and finally, I am hosting The Shadow of the Moon Read Along, for which the plan is to finish reading this month! I also have on my Kindle, The Red House Mystery by A.A.Milne (of Winnie The Pooh fame and yes, he wrote a adult mysteries as well!) and Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy; his first book which is considered to very different from his Wessex Rural novels.

All in all and exciting (I think!) and somewhat exasperating Reading month! I leave you all with a video that I think capture the very essence of Indian monsoons!

Happy Reading!

Rains and Readings…..

Finally July is here and Thank God for that! I know atleast in 15 days or so, this parched piece of land in northern India will be awash with Monsoon rains and there will be some drop in the temperature. But the Indian Gods wanted to keep their people humble and realized that Monsoon was too much of a good thing and decided to ensure it increases humidity like nothing; so while the weather will cool, the humidity will make it again nearly impossible to live comfortably. So what’s there to really thank about… One, this ancient land just becomes beautiful during the monsoon, breaking into colors and hues of the most brilliant kind. And finally, if July is here, can October be far??!!

Regardless of weather and such like matters, reading continues and the good part is my Tab is back to the world of living again. One fine day, it stated working again and my Kindle is back up…I am overjoyed! I was not interested in buying a new e-book reader at this point, both due to financial and other concerns and this miracle, for that’s what it is, is much to be thanked for and celebrated.  To mark this extremely auspicious occasion, I went on a e-book buying spree (Yes! I know! I will never save money!!!) Most of these are recommendations from Jane and I am really excited about reading them – this spree includes: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull and The Romance of the Shop by Amy Levy. Also now that my Kindle is back from the dead, there are a couple of books which I had bought but never got around to reading because the self-imposed exile from technical functionality by my Tab. Now I can really begin to pick up those threads again – topping the list are Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. The latter I had bought long back, before it won Pulitzer and all, but had only just started reading it, when the Tab went bust!

In hard copies, I am yet complete Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell as part of Connie’s read along. I know she has taken a hiatus from blogging for a while, but I thought I will plod on. I also have Patrick Leigh Fenmor’s A Time for Gifts and Between Woods and Water. These two titles are a carry-over from last month along with Out of Africa by Karen von Blixen-Finecke; last month as I said was absolutely crazy and got really in way of some solid reading. But I am hoping to complete these three atleast by end of July!

That’s my reading plan for the month! I am really hoping that as things settle down, I will be able to devote more and more time to reading, but I am also cognizant that I am taking on a new job and that will require a lot of effort, to begin with. However I hold on to hope and keep my fingers crossed for some lovely and leisurely hours of uninterrupted reading pleasure!

To end, I leave you with one of my favorite song about Monsoon – it’s in my ethnic language, Bengali. While many of you may not understand the words, the beautiful image of monsoons in this land, transcends language!

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