Thursday, October 21, 2010

Musings: Happiness

The world is full of hypocrites and dignified grey haired people talking nonsense. But if you have enlightened soul, you wouldn't be burdened by these short sighted souls. Happiness is the seed of enlightenment. If you are not happy its hard to find peace in the harsh world full of sorrow, sadness, disappointment, disillusionment and malice. Where do we find happiness? Some find it in their hard earned money, some in the soul mates and some in their solitude. When you are happy, the world is always a better place to live.When you are happy the lines in your face always rearrange in the form of a smile. 

My personal quote: Happiness is like M&Ms, don't melt in your hands but melts in your mouth. 

PS: Reviews are coming up soon ( First darlings of the morning, Thrity Umrigar and The opposite of love, Julie Buxbaum)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Book blogger hop

Book Blogger Hop

Whoa!!! Its Friday. Hopping time! 

This week's question is from Suko who blogs at Suko's Notebook.
What's your favorite beverage while reading or blogging, if any? Is it tea, coffee, water, a glass of wine, or something else?

My answer: Hmm  it depends I guess. Most often I don't take any drinks while reading or blogging. If I do it would be fizzy drinks. What about you guys?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time...just post what you can!

This weeks top ten list:  TOP TEN FAVORITE AUTHORS

1. John Grisham- for the 'Rainmaker'
2. Khaled Hosseini- for the beautiful story 'The Kite Runner'
3. Wendy Nelson Tokunaga (* New favourite author) - for 'Love in translation' and 'Midori at  moonlight'
4. Michelle Moran (* New favourite author)
5. J.K. Rowling- for the joy of reading 'Harry Potter' series
6. Garth Stein for the heart warming 'The art of racing in the rain'
7. Antoine de Saint-Exupery - for the amazing The little Prince
8. Danielle Steele - for 'Echoes'
9. Jostein Gaarder (*New favourite author) - for 'Sophie's World'
10. Mohammad Hanif- for the wonderful story of 'A case of exploding mangoes'

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday post

Hi there. Its another Sunday and oh Im so very happy this week for so many reasons. Happy is too generalized, I'm upbeat, optimistic, exuberant and positively beaming. Ok, so I haven't finished with my thesis, but Im pushing myself to do my best. I've nearly made up my five year plan, figuring out my 10 year plan and did the groundwork for job application. So far so good. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

As far as blogging goes, I'm happy that I'm slowly garnering more followers but my aim is to read good books and give reviews on them. Blogging is such fun and I'm never tired of tweaking here and there to make my blog look good and neat. Yes, Im all for neatness over clutter. I made my own blog button after so many tries, my oh my i loved the look of it. Blogging has really given me lots of experience and energy. Positive comments from other bloggers also cheers me up. Keep the comments coming.

My aim is to join reading challenges next year , as its too late to enter for this year and I'm too busy with my labwork to commit to reading 100 books and so on. I have to forcibly remind myself that its 100 scientific journals that I have to read. =)

Another thing im happy about is I'm going shopping today, shopping books. Yippeee. I hope to get 2 books from my wishlist. So long, happy Sunday everyone and have a great weekend.

A picture speaks a thousand words

This is a  sunrise captured from my hotel room in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Peaceful beyond words. Missing those moments.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sophie's world - An introduction

Title: Sophie's World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Genre: Philosophy

Status: Stil reading

Ok, so Im breaking my own rule of posting a review after reading. Since this is a book which can be read part by part, I'm allowing myself to share interesting anecdotes that i found while reading.
Sophie's world was a random choice when I was browsing for book in local bookstore. I wanted a change so I took the plunge into what i though a serious affair of reading philosophy. I'm loving it. Who knew it could be so fun. Jostein Gaarder  is popular Norwegian author who wrote books which inspire people to think. Sophie's world is one of his most popular work.
So he introduces to us a teenage girl, Sophie who is 15 and receives an anonymous letter with two questions, 'who are you' and 'where does the world come from'. There is a story within a story here. Let me not spoil the fun for you. Since I haven't finished the book yet, here are some anecdotes which might tempt you to read it.
  • The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder. Pg 14
  • We who live here are microscopic insects existing deep down in the rabbit's fur. But philosophers are always trying to climb up the fine hairs of the fur in order to stare right into the magician's eyes. Pg 13
  • A philosopher is one who love wisdom~Plato  Pg 77
  • Sophie decided that lego really could be the most ingenious toy in the world. Pg 37
  • Nature is really built up of different atoms that join and separate again. A hydrogen atom in a cell at the end of my nose was once part of an elephant's trunk. A carbon atom in my cardiac muscle was once in the tail of a dinosaur. Pg 39
  • We do not live in our own time alone;we carry our history within us. Pg 163

Friday, October 1, 2010

Book blogger hop - October

Book Blogger Hop

Book blogger hop is hosted by Jennifer at crazy-for-books. This week's question is:

How do you spread the word about your blog?

(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"

My answerI started blogging in August, 2009. It was by trial and error that i managed to create a nice looking page with a little detail on what i'm about to post. I was clueless on networking and blog accessories. When I googled book blogs there were just hundreds of entries and I  was astounded. Well I do know that lots of  people read but i didnt know they blog what they read. 

I joined book blogs and found some blogs that I follow till today. I also use facebook to promote my blog and I do visit other blogs to read their post and drop a comment or two. Book blogger hop too has helped to spread the word and I'm glad to find other cool book blogs out there.