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100 BBC Reading List

 Friday, November 26, 2010 at 5:17pm
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.
Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.
Bold those books you've read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.
Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses! Feel free to add comments too.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 
Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 
6 The Bible 
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte  
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott  
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller  
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger  
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot 
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens 
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding  
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt 
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazu Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Comment: This is unfair and shortsightedness of BBC to assume that people may not have read more than 6.
Nanny has read 30 books, and for my part I have:
32 read;
79- few chapters left;
75- read half of it almost thrice but seems couldn't complete it ever; exhausts me completely;
47- read only 40-50 pages
39- 30-40 pages left
32- left in the middle
24 & 27- just few chapters
14- many still left
8- pick, read, and drop in between
6- few parts & chapters for reference; genesis complete
4- first three novels complete and remaining ones yet untouched

From Nanny to Nicky!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 12:56pm
To the mother-to-be :)


Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby.....
somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct ...
somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring ....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.

Somebody said if you're a good' mother, your child will 'turn out good'....
somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.

Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother....
somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first ....
somebody doesn't have two children.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery....
somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten ...
or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married....
somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home....
somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her....
somebody isn't a mother.


Love you Nanny! :) 

First Wedding Anniversary

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:37am
It was in November 2005, I first met you online. And, since then there is no looking back.  Leaving you didn’t work. You were present everywhere-in my imagination, thoughts, and even in places which we discussed during our long long chats. It seemed as if your shadow or some part of you existed everywhere, lurked behind me where I went.

It was in December 2008, we met once again. Only this time to get into a long lasting relationship!

It was in December 2010, we got into wedlock.

Happy Anniversary to us my love!
May we always receive God’s blessing!

15 Books That Will Stick To End...Mine?

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 5:23pm
Rakhi tagged me so roping myself in.

How to minimize the count was an issue with me...yet somehow I managed to come up with number 15. Here It Goes Folks!

1. Suraj Ka Saatvaan Ghoda (The Seventh Horse Of The Sun) by Dharamvir Bharti
2. Love In The Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Spanish, 1985; English 1988)
3. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
4. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh (1988)
5. Waiting For Godot by Samuel Becket
6. Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902)
7. Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
8. Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1967)
9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)
11. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (1st to 3rd AD?)
12. The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank(1947)
13. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)
14. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
15. A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)

Wizard Of Oz- L. Frank Baum (1900)- One of the Book I can never separate with

Memories To Be Cherished

Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 12:05am
There is always some specific incident or the choice or a thing that reminds us of someone with whom we had been friends or spent some good or bad times. The person can be a passerby, a short term acquaintance, or even someone with whom we are in never ending relationship.

Dear all, I would like to know something which reminds you of me. It can be a habit, an attitude, a style, a taste, a feeling, and even a moment.

Like:
Flip-flops, White bag, CCD lounge, remind me of Nanny as if she is the brand ambassador of them.
Pink color, know not why, mostly reminds me of Tina. May be because she is the one who looked best in the color and I had seen her in the same during PR days (Beginning ones).
Evening walks- I miss Trishna terribly. During my entire grads, we used to go for evening walk.
Wooden houses remind me of Pamela’ hazurbua’s place where he used to live into the same boundary just next to the pukka house. Isn’t it Pamela?
Every series on Fox History makes me think- Mani ko toh sab malum hoga…I have never found any voice impressive as his (except-Naseeruddin Shah & Gulzaar)
Purple color- Megha
hai hai coconut chutney-Prema
School days-Hemant
Cozy cozy pillow talks with Sonal
Vibhor used to make me recall my Lecturer Hemant Sharma- similar stature, wavy hair, nonchalant
And so on…

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