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My ‘to read’ list for March – April 2011

After watching few episodes of BBC 2’s my life in books program, I was amazed and found it hard to believe that I’ve not read as much as I thought I have.. this program opened my eyes to many different genres of books which I thought I would never like and for my surprise I enjoyed many books guests on this show recommended. They were all outside my usual genre but simply and utterly loved reading them. Why didn’t I try them before??? Hundred times I tried answering this question until a friend said I need to be happy and stop worrying because I’m trying now….   Im excited to read these and I thought it would be nice to share them with you as well…..

Books I fell in love with from its introduction and waiting to start reading;

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna.

The handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

A fine balance by Rohinton Mistry.

The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy

Room : a novel by  Emma Donoghue.

The legacy by Katherine Webb.

The help by Kathryn Stockett

If you have read any of them or all, leave a comment so that everyone peeping in can get an idea… I will post my reviews in time I finish reading each of them.

Love to all

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Books, Books to read

 

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Read 2011

100 Books Challenge

hi everyone,

I’ll be participating in this event from today onwards. (26th Feb 2011). Up to now I have read five for this year which I’m not going to count for the challenge. But will definitely list them here

a. The Wallet of Nazareth

b. Destiny

c. Tinkers

d. The Maples stories

d. Billy Brown, Ill tell your mother.

http://www.bookchickcity.com/2010/12/sign-up-100-books-in-year-reading.html

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Billy Brown and his adventures

Billy Brown the little hero of the post war Brixton, at his tender age could get anything his neighbours wanted or knew someone he could get them from. Such a cheeky chappy…  started with selling firewood and ended up selling almost all including exotic spiders and horse muck.

I simply love his story and the style he has laid it out and it is clearly a gem and a very refreshing book to all irrespective of age and gender.

Oh my my I cannot stop thinking about the poor Red Indians as well as the running PC Collins after seeing the unexplored 250kg bomb and not to forget the sleeping horse napoleon.  Hilarious

love it and enjoyed it thoroughly… now its your turn… enjoy and happy reading

Billy Brown, I'll Tell Your Mother

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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My father my no 1 hero

One thing I cherish for my entire life and will always thank god in every second of it is my beloved parents. Forgive me for referring my parents as a thing.  I’ve used it as it allows me to show you and make you all understand my obsession, fascination and mania I have over my parents. They not only gave me life but have given me all in life I now enjoy and all I am yet to enjoy. I cannot separate them at any cost but last night it was all about my dad, before going to bed, throughout my sleep and half way through today it is still about him.. I have just finished a quick call to see how he is doing and to see if he is sneezing too much in last few hours… for sure I made him happy and made him laugh his heart out couple of times during our short conversation but wonder whether I said enough ‘I love you’ and’ thank you’.

He is in on the other end of the planet busy with all his duties and responsibilities as a Deputy Inspector General of the Sri Lankan Police Department. He absolutely adores his job but always and in every way I came first making everything else unimportant to him. His love for me is something which I cannot put in to words, be happy and finish. Being a tough guy in the department he was soft as a cloud when it was and it is about me. He believes in everything I do and stands with all decisions I make in life. For many, 30 years in life is not enough to understand what is parenting like and what difficulties parents face in bringing up their children. But for me my father by action showed everything which fascinate me to this date. Up to this date I’ve never ever had a hard life, for sure I will not in the future but I’m fully aware of the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I am now. I’m from a middle class family in the capital of Sri Lanka and my father was the sole bread winner in our house for 22 years of my life. I have a younger brother and all four of us were very close to each other. We have two new additions to our family altogether all six of us continues to be one big happy family. I now live in London with my husband pursuing my research studies and suddely after two years I started missing them a lot.

When I was small my education was one big dream of my father. It was never my dream, in fact I don’t remember having a dream of my own, I was a child who could have easily got detracted and wasted. But for my luck my father knew what was best for me and he believed that his only daughter has the full capacity and ability to follow his dreams and reach to the top. I have reached where he wanted me and beyond. I’m extremely happy and pleased where I am now and it makes me happier to know my father loves it more than I do.

Everyday after a very busy and hectic work days and no matter how late he goes to bed, he used to keep his alarm at 4 am and wake just to wake me up, make me a cup of tea and give me a good start to study. He enjoyed coming to all my parent’s day meetings and I never ever remember a day he missed it throughout my 13 long years of schooling.  He used to cut newspaper articles, journal articles which he thought great and bring them home for me to read. He made me practice my religion, made me believe in me, made me unconditionally love all around us; in fact made everything I am now and will be in the future.

I became a Lawyer, became a Graduate specialised in Commerce then went on to become a Postgraduate specialised in Business Administration and now I am looking to reach the next level.  I have plans to do many more which will definitely make my father impressed and worth all of his hard work. Everything I did and everything I will do is dedicated to you. You are my life, my driving force and everything I own. I love you love you and love you so much.

Thank you so much dada boy for being the greatest. May god always bless me to be your daughter in every birth I take.

I wish you great health, happiness and I’m eagerly awaiting your visit in May. I’m excited as now it’s my turn to return you the love you poured in to me.

your loving daughter

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in post weekly 2011

 

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Merlin and Mary Stewart

For sure King Arthur of Camelot was everyone’s favourite for many many years and still he is.  To the contrary, King Arthur was not important for me; I fell in love with Myrddin Emrys who was also known as Merlin, the great and powerful enchanter in the Arthurian legend. I have no idea why I fell in love… For sure Mary Stewart played a huge part I would say.  Being a reader who hated dark stories but love ancient Egyptian and Roman history accidently found a lovely historic novel “The Crystal Cave” few months ago. I was born and bred in Asia where this type of work was not read for English literature.  We read Shakespeare all the time from which half was never understood by us. So, this accident was pleasant in deed.

The dark, misty and damp land scales of Medieval Britain captured my heart and soul and made me restless to know more and more of the ancient and medieval Britain which carries a life full of mysteries.  Stories about kings, queens as well as the enchanters keep me awake at all nights and wonder in the day.

Mary Stewart trilogy allows the readers to identify a sense of the culture and lifestyles of Britain at that time and gives so many details about Merlin. Even though it is a fiction Marry Stewart carries each book of this trilogy with authority and research which I found very fascinating.

For readers who have not had the precious chance of reading in to this trilogy I say now it is time… Happy reading

The Crystal Cave, the Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in post weekly 2011, Uncategorized

 

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what a wonderful day it is….

Fridays make me work more than other days of the week. I simple love the spirits people around me carry on Fridays. For me positive spirits of the people around me counts for a certain extent for my day to be productive and joyful.

New plans for a fruitful weekend at the end a perfect new beginning of a fresh week oh, i simple love the ideas going around worker’s brain.

Wish for everyone hyped up on a Friday all the very best and hope you have a wonderful Friday.

Love to all the lovely people around…

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in post weekly 2011

 

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I’m Posting every week in 2011!

 I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The Weekly Post, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

umeshika

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in post weekly 2011

 

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