New Bookshelf !! 

 I’m in the process of moving into a new apartment where the landlady (very thoughtfully) put in this beauty !  

 

 Unpacking a bunch of my books and arranging them on the shelf is probably the only productive thing I’ve done so far . This is less than half of my collection in Hyderabad . I WILL need more shelves. So the rest of my books will stay in their boxes till I find another home for them 🙂 

Some More of Amy? Yes Please!

I think Amy Poehler is the BOSS. She’s funny, serious, goofy, wise and brave all at the same time. She’s also vulnerable, quirky, sometimes mean (self admittedly). She THE person you would want to hang out with, share jokes with, watch a comedy show with, drink with, smoke up with, and then trip and freak out with. I wish I could meet her in person (somebody listening up there??) I got introduced to her when I watched bits and pieces of SNL and Parks and Recreation. I dug her up online and read about Upright Citizens Brigade. And then I followed her some more via her awesome endeavour – Smart Girls.

A few weeks ago, I happened to find her book Yes Please, while browsing a bookstore. I had not been looking for it. In fact, I only vaguely knew that she had written a book. And here it was in my hand! Of course, I bought it.

It turned out to be a memoir/ diary / fun conversation kind of book. We see lots of pictures of Amy at various times in her life. We hear her interesting, inspiring and amusing adventures as she deliberately wanders through life. We hear all about her hard work, and everything she that she took with a little pinch of salt. We are told of her wonderful friends and loving family. And it’s all told in a voice that so Amy! Well, that seems about right considering it IS her book!

Image Source: Yes Please ! and my iPhone
Image Source: Yes Please ! and my iPhone

She does not claim to be perfect, she never once downplays the importance of hard work.What I essentially learnt from the book was that if you do something that you love heart and soul, you might not always have the best time , but you will be so much happier and-and prouder of yourself and the life that you build than if you had not done It . Each section of the book is aptly named, in keeping with this central theme.

This book is deeply personal and yet not so. She skips over the gory details of her divorce and she is absolutely entitled to do that and I am glad she did. To me, that would have spoilt the book. I loved the one (and two) liners this book is littered with.

She writes about writing for a Broadway Video online show,

I was happy when we were eventually fired because I was convinced this Internet thing was a passing fad.

This lack of technological foresight is why I am an actor.

She writes about sleep deprivation after children,

I liken it to what it must feel like to walk on the moon and to cry the whole time because you had heard that the moon was supposed to be great but in truth it totally sucks

She has a Plastic Surgery Haiku section where she write things like

Hey, shooting poison

In your face does not keep you

From turning fifty

It’s a wonderful book. Go read it already!!

Currently on the bedside table

I took this picture just before I dozed off last night . I had just finished We are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler , a hilarious , thoughtful and deeply moving book . Then came my customary 20 pages of The Forest . And finally a few pages of The Awkward Octopus from my dear Kindle . With all these wonderful stories brewing a heady cocktail in my brain , Dreamland was fun!  

Wall – Street – Art

As a child , I doodled a lot . I had access to a lot of stationary ( my parents are professors and my sister was in middle school back then ) , but I didn’t like anything as much as I liked blank bare walls . Needless to say , that talent was nipped in the bud by my watchful mother .

Last December , I saw these beautiful paintings on the walls of really old buildings in Neuchatel, Switzerland . Unlike my art , these have been painted with permission from the authorities. We went on a walking tour of the place guided by an amazing German lady, who had moved to Switzerland with her husband years ago. She took us through this quaint little street, pointing out the drawings. Sometimes, they’re made for the pleasure of children, sometimes to beautify an otherwise derelict looking building, and sometimes, they’re made in prominently displayed walls of the city and depict Neuchatel, as it was , centuries ago.

Here are some of my favourite drawings.

Flowers on the wall
Flowers on the wall

Almost real window sill
Almost real window sill

Not too fond of bugs, but the drawing was cute!
Not too fond of bugs, but the drawing was cute!

Plants
Little outdoor garden

Flowers on the ledge
Flowers on the ledge

Vines
Vines

Helter Skelter Rock Bar :) Love the name
Helter Skelter Rock Bar 🙂 Love the name

Kitty Cat fooled me for a second
Kitty Cat fooled me for a second

Instruments
Instruments

Impressive Facade
Impressive Facade

A closer look
A closer look

Ye Olde Neuchatel
Ye Olde Neuchatel

They paint the street every spring. The snow washes off the colours in winter. And There's the hubby :)
They paint the street every spring. The snow washes off the colours in winter. And There’s the hubby 🙂

They paint windows too.
They paint windows too.

What’s On Scarlett O’Hara’s Playlist?

I don’t know if I LOVE Scarlett, or HATE her. Passionate as she is, I cannot associate her with any emotions of mediocre intensity. I found this awesome post on 101 Books on what her playlist would have been. How could I not reblog this ? 🙂

101 Books

It’s time for another literary character playlist using Spotify!

Today, let’s look at what everybody’s (least?) favorite fictional southern diva might listen to, were she alive today and actually real.

I’m talking about Scarlett O’Hara.

She’s a strong, opinionated, feminine character who, usually, gets what she wants—including whatever man she wants. But she can be a softy too, and I think this playlist reflects her character well.

There’s the “screw you” vibe in Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know,” but there’s also the “I miss you and love you so much” vibe from Adele’s “Someone Like You.” It’s mostly mainstream, top 40 style music, because I think that’s what Scarlett would be in to. No obscure indie college bands here.

Basically, this is a playlist of break-up songs–because between Rhett and Ashley it seems Scarlett’s got more man troubles than mostly. And a lot of it is her fault.

See what…

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