New project served with some throwback memory

It has been a long time since I started any project, that requires doing something on a daily basis. Last time I did that was last year when I did the 100 days of proverbs series, which went for 66 days before I got busy with work. So today I began a 28 days of moon project. As the name suggests I will try to take photos of the moon everyday for the next 28 days which is one lifecyle of the moon. That’s about the new project.


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Now to the #throwBack part. In 2009, I wanted to do this exact same project and at that time I had a Canon SX120, which I will still recommend to any budding photographer. I was visiting my friend Andy in Bangalore and over a cup of coffee around 11 PM, we decided that we should drive to Yercaud. I think it was my Alto or Andy’s, I don’t remember, we started around 12 midnight from Bangalore to Yercaud. On the way to Yercaud I had to stop and get a pic of the moon – that’s what triggered the #throwback. Anyways, we drove to Yercaud and reached at 4 AM. We were normally clothed in Jeans and a tee, we had no idea about the temperature at Yercaud. As always, we had not booked any place to stay, so we pulled over when we saw a hotel, Andy opened the door to get out. The cold!! It was freezing out there and windy too. The worst part about that cold was the shock factor, we had no idea  how cold it got out there while we sat in a warm car as we drove up the mountain. Anyways, we shut the door, sat in for a few moments and after preparing ourselves mentally got out of the car and then knocked a few hotel doors before we got a place to stay the night. The memories of travel! 🙂


What’s happening with the reading?

It’s been a little over a month since I last updated about my reading status. I started with the Narnia series last month and I’m happy to update that I have finished 5 books of the 7 book series. Though while waiting for the 3rd book to be delivered, I thought I will finish ‘The old man and the sea’. I couldn’t. Even though it’s a small book I just could not punish myself with it. I read two-thirds of the book and did not have the energy to go on. It’s really boring, about an old man going to fish and he gets the fish which takes him (and his boat) for a ride, forever. I believe it’s a joke played by the author, the book is the fish and reader is the old man. You will get it when you read it! But Don’t!

Coming back to the Narnia series – That’s a series I strongly recommend. I don’t think I will be reading the 6th book now, will read that later. I might stick to the original set of books and read ‘The chicken soup…’ one. Also, bought a new book ‘Grit’.

Coming back to the book challenge, I believe I wanted to finish 8 books in 8 months, and I have already finished 8 books. Yay! Hence disproving:

I read somewhere that if you have a goal and you share it with the world, then you won’t complete it. Let me see if I can prove that wrong. 😉

I’m resetting my goal to 12 books in 8 months (by Dec 2017). Let’s see if I can achieve that.


The Magician’s Nephew, The Chronicles of Narnia series

One of the books that I wanted to read this year was Prince Caspian, which is a part of the Narnia series. As per the reading order recommended by the author C S Lewis, Prince Caspian is the 4th book. So, to have a meaningful read, I’m planning to complete the first three books and then read this one.

The good news is that I have already finished the first book of this series, The Magician’s Nephew, last week. The second book will be delivered this week.

The Magician’s Nephew

This is the first C S Lewis book (I didn’t complete Screwtape Letters) that I have completed and I have to say what a writer he is. To make a reader imagine a fantasy world that exists in the author’s head, the author has to be that good. The sign of that is when you have finished the book and it feels like you have actually witnessed the creation of Narnia or visited the Wood between the Worlds. The thing that I liked most about this book is that it is an easy read with a lot of food for thought. The other sign of a good book is when you tell yourself ‘just one more chapter before I sleep’ and then binge read the whole book. That is exactly what happened with this one.

I would strongly recommend this book. The vocabulary is easy and the story really opens up one’s imagination.

Buttertea at sunrise, A year in the Bhutan Himalaya

buttertea at sunrise

This book is a memoir of a year long stay in Bhutan, as a physiotherapist in a village called Mongar, Bhutan. Written by Britta Das, it captures her time and experiences at Mongar during late 90’s. A German-born Canadian, going to a developing country has its own shock elements and this book talks about some of those – the lack of continuous electricity, water supply and lack of hygiene in the hospital and neighbourhood.   But it also talks about the beauty of the place, the hospitality of the people and the fighting spirit of the patients. Britta gives a small glimpse into the life of the monks and about Buddhism. She goes into details about her experience with people, the many small treks, the chortens and the lifestyle of these people. It is well written enough to make a reader want to visit the place.

This 310-page book captures the transition of Britta hating the place at first to ending up falling in love with it. I would categorize the book as a memoir than a travelogue. As opposed to the three-quarters of a footprint, this book does not have any humor and is less about the country and more about her experience in Mongar. This is more of a Mongar Diaries written well by the Britta das.
That’s three books down from the list of books I plan to read before the end of this year. 🙂