Random Update #2

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~ I don’t think I can call it ‘random-update’. But we are expecting our third child and I am due in September this year. This is huge news and I have written a longer post on my personal blog. We have received a lot of varied reactions from people around, but at this point I am mostly excited though I wish the next 6 months would fly by soon.

~ Along with nausea, I was hit by a strong fatigue by the time I reached back home from work most days. This was much stronger compared to my previous pregnancies and I salute all those mothers who have had kids at 35+ age.

~I went into a reading slumber and I couldn’t get myself to read anything. Finally I re-read The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit and got out of it.

~I have read Vanity Bagh by Anees Salim, The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai recently and enjoyed both. But I think it will be while before I write about them here.

~I try to read A Suitable Boy whenever I have some patience to hold on to a heavy book. I will never understand why there is no Kindle version available for that 1300+ page book.

~Amazon Prime Video has been a relief in this last few months. I loved watching a few romantic comedies and some TV series like The Middle and Just Add Magic. Just Add Magic is a kids series by Amazon and it is about cooking and magic. Somehow I enjoyed it more than The Middle.

~I have given up on the Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription. Somehow the list of books available doesn’t look worthwhile even now. I will wait a 1-2 years and see if I should my decision.

Random Update #1

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Have you ever reached a state where you are working even in your sleep? When you are coding away or thinking how to solve a defect in your sleep..Or your mind is full of Excel and Word documents?

I am in that state now. Things at work are quite tough that it has become tough to detach yourselves from all of it even at times when you are not working. This stresses you even more.

How am I coping?  Thanks to Amazon Prime Video. I have downloaded few of those old movies and have been watching them. Then I read 3 books in 2017. So these two things have helped me cope up a bit.

I watched Hugo, You’ve Got Mail and The Bridges of Madison County. I am currently watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. I will have to write separate posts about these movies because they deserve it.

I read They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie, A Man Called Ove by Fredick Backman and The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. All of them were good reads.

I am hoping that things will ease up on the work front soon, that is around mid February. I am living in that hope. After that I will just take leave for few days and just stay home with the kids.

Till then catch you all some time…

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Date published: July 15th 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

In language: English

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 1476738017

Review rating: 4/5

Review date:19th Jan 2017

When I was going through few reviews of ‘A Man Called Ove’,I read someone’s comment that Ove is like the old man in the movie Up. That image of the old man who flied up the sky in his house stuck with me all the while I was reading this story. There are an awful lot of similarities between Ove and Carl Fredricksen (the elderly man in Up), but I did wish I didnt had his image in my mind when I was reading the book. But I do wish I could recall on whose blog I read this so that I can go and tell them that it was an accurate description.

I don’t read book blurbs or reviews with spoilers before reading most books. When I read good reviews, I just bought a kindle version and started reading the book without much clue. Then things are revealed as the story progresses and you start feeling for Ove and starts wondering why he wants to do what he has decided to do. You start putting things together and realize the desperation of a lonely old man who has nothing to live for. You start rooting for Ove to disuade from what he thinks is the logical conclusion.

Then there is a cat which is an orphan which lands on his house steps one day. I was not enchanted by the dog just like Ove. To be frank, I kind of ignored the cat even though it was there for a better part of the story.

Paravaneh, the foreign lady next who kind of crashes into Ove’s life – that is the character I ended up liking the best in the story. Who will not want a friend like her? Though Ove found her a nuisance initially, you can see their beautiful friendship blossoming into something lovely. Probably Paravaneh’s character stuck with more than that of Sonja.

Ove’s story is about the people who lose the will to live when the objects of their affection is no longer there. The story is Ove’s journey when he discovers love unexpectedly from different quarters when he had given up on life and the joy that comes with it. A charming story indeed.

The days ahead…

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When you have written a post about looking back at 2016, I thought I will write about things I look forward to in 2017.

Mummy’s 70th Birthday

I am the 5th child and my parents are elderly. This year I am looking forward to celebrating mummy’s 70th birthday with the whole family. We are planning to have a small get-together including extended families. My mummy’s siblings are older; most of the able-bodied ones are outside India.But we hope that can get few of them to be with her on her special day.

Chotu starts school

Come June, my son will start his formal education starting with nursery. We have already enrolled him in a pre-school from yesterday. The experience has been quite incident-free for the first 2 days, but we are expecting him to bring down the school one day soon. As of now, he is enthralled with all the toys at the pre-school and has even stayed there till noon from 9 am.

Reading Challenges

I have decided to read just 25 books in 2017 as a part of Goodreads Reading Challenge. This is quite less compared to the target of 35 which I completed in 2016. The reason behind the lesser number is that I want to read a few big books towards the Classics Club challenge in 2017. If I don’t make a dent in the reading list, I may miss the target of reading 50 classics between 2014-2019 by a long way.

Blogging

Bluehost has hiked the hosting charges quite high that it is forcing me to rethink the hosting. If I am not making any progress in keeping up this blog, I may very well move it to a free wordpress site. Personally I prefer spending time on reading books that use it for writing reviews. There are only very few books that inspire me to write a review and I really don’t want to force myself to write review for the sake of it. Anyway I have decided to give another year to this self-hosted site and will make some decisions by end of the year.

That is all dears. I will try to be more regular here. Do follow me on instagram for better updates regarding my life.