Thursday, June 30, 2011

Updating Content

From last year until today, the official list of all the books I could manage to read until their last page:

1. The Savage Detectives (Roberto Bolaño)
2. Ek Gadhe Ki Aatmakatha (Krishna Chandar)
3. Diary (Chuck Palahniuk)*
4. Love Creeps (Amanda Filipacchi)
5. Thérèse Raquin (Emile Zola)
6. Girl With Curious Hair (David Foster Wallace)
7. Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)
8. Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)
9. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
10. Best American Short Stories
11. Brief Interviews With Hideous Men ( David Foster Wallace)*
12. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
13. Maximum City (Suketu Mehta)
14. White Noise (Don Delillo)
15. Once Upon A Time In Scandinavistan (Zac O'Yeah)

Apart from the above mentioned, there were several fail attempts at reading many a Hindi books notably Nirmal Verma's Laal Teen Ki Cchat and Manohar Shyam Joshi's Kuru Kuru Swaaha. The latter is slowly coming to a victorious end as these days rapidly fly by.
Speaking of fail attempts, yet another one was made when I tried reading Dostoevky's The Idiot which was impulsively borrowed by a senior and returned at the end of the semester without reading even a page of it. That sucked but I shall resume with The Idiot once I am in Bombay. Another fail attempt was at reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami but this time the fail lied in the fact that I tried reading it in the bookstore itself because I did not have the money. Yeah.
Now that we are at the topic, I thought of reading Bolaño's 2666 but having learned from the most reliable source, N.F., its a thousand page read, I think I'd pass but I do think I will first buy and then read Hariya Hercules Ki Hairani. The alliteration makes me interested enough to give it a try leave alone the fact that it is written by the sassy dude of Hindi Literature, Manohar Shyam Joshi. In case of 2666, it was the numbers.
God I am simple-minded!

Regarding movies, well, I watched a lot of them. So many in fact that I wouldn't be able to recollect all the names and list them down. Point to be noted is that I was never the kind of kid who'd go to the cinema halls and witness the movies on that large screen but times change! Friends bring about such changes.
If you'd ask me what's up!?.. I might actually have an answer to it unlike always.
My friends crash at my place nearly everyday and since we don't have much to do, we usually go out for a movie. In this process, I have already watched a decent number of movies to brag about. In this list would be Salman Khan's "ready-made blockbuster" Ready, Green Lantern, X-Men First Class and the Hindi thriller Shaitan.
I give up but my friends don't so we are yet to watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon, animated film Cars-2 and Delhi Belly's D.K. Bose.

I am struck with this unusual sense of mild but affirmative grief knowing I couldn't watch Kung Fu Panda 2. Not cool. Oh, and I watched this one movie I wanted to watch for the longest time, Blue Valentine.

Jumping right on with my previously awesome superpower, otakuism, I am sad to say, I have nothing impressive to offer. Back in Bombay I rarely had the time to sleep and with no internet connection, all I could do in my spare time was read so no accomplishments in this section. Still, I finished reading the previously on-going and now completed manga Oishii Kankei. Updates from Nanga Fakir made me feel I was handling his department while he handled mine. I mean, I was reading and he watched anime. Anyway, I watched this one series he casually mentioned to me. I am not giving out the name but I will make a detailed post of the same in the next few days.
Oh.. and I watched Death Note.


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Start From Scratch.. Or Not!

Yeah, I am back and I shall write.

I have been busy as hell the past one year dealing with a really 'professional' student life offered by the institute I am currently enrolled in. Yet again and like every other year, I pray I pass gracefully or, with grace marks.. whichever suits the teachers.

I have also shut down my Facebook page in order to flee from difficult folks, useless communication with unimportant people and updates that form the basis of a compelling today.

Last year was spent staying up nights finishing assignments, creating a really bad impression on a particular teacher (who is to decide my fate from the coming year) and traveling Bombay in local trains. The last year was also particularly happening for me because it was the first time I was away from my place for such a long time.. away from my parents, being independent. God, it sucks when stuff doesn't come ready-made. Seriously.
Also, I read a sufficient amount of books.. most of which I came to know through this bookslut and I do not bear a certain sense of pride when I say this but I am the kid who read the most number of books in my college. The reason why I am not proud of this apparent achievement is because design students don't read much at all and those who say they do.. well, they just say they do.

A formal list shall be put up as a separate post one of these days.

Home is good. For one, I get edible food to eat and two, I literally do whatever it is that I want to do.. which is not much considering I continue to be the lazy fuck I have always been.

I watch more T.V. than I read. I read more than I sleep. I sleep more than ever. So yeah, twenty-fours time makes for an insufficient day.

The coming semester is going to be a new pain in the ass. I am supposed to work with:
1. various design software
2. uncompromising models
3. judgmental teachers
4. ignorant working partners
5. surprising flat-mates
6. a new laptop
7. an epic camera.. hopefully
8. a back-ache
..if I said any further, I'd just be trying too hard to reach for a perfect 10.

Anyway, there are movies waiting to be seen, books willing to be read and a bed waiting to be slept on.

Yeah, I am back and I shall write.. later.