Book-a-tag! The initiatory! The centesimal!

This is the first time I am taking a tag. I have not been tagged by anybody as yet, nor have I taken tags from anybody. But this time, for a change I decided to take one. Interestingly, this is my 100th post on my blog, and what a good time for a sweet tag to come in. I took this one from Srijith Unni‘s blog. Actually, I was not tagged, but am taking this on my own. That is why I chose to name this post Book-a-tag. That name would mean I was booking this tag, and would also mean it is about books! [if you didn’t understand it as yet, of course! :-)]


I was not able to do justice to the tag questions completely as I couldn’t limit the answers to some questions to just one book. Ok, here I go: –


One book that changed your life:
English Dictionary. Any dictionary would suffice that clause. Next in line comes Collection of Jospeph Edamakuku’s atheist articles. Actually that book made my belief in God stronger and impregnable, contrary to the book’s design!


One book that you have read more than once:
Vaayichaalum Vaayichaalum Theeraatha Pusthakam. This was a prize I won for winning some competition in my primary school. Though this book lies somewhere in my bookshelves, I do not remember the name of the author. I think this was some Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishat publication. In any case, the book is a marvel. Next in line is the 10th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita entitled The Yoga of Manifestation.


One book you would want on a desert island:
Bobanum Moliyum by the king of caustic remarks and complete scorn Toms for some casual reading, and The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck for some serious reading.


One book that made you laugh:
Lankayil Oru Maruthi by CP Nair. Many guffaw promotion stuffs in it.


One book that made you cry:
Not crying, but some books and stories have brought me on the brink of doing it. The Seven Hanged Men by Leonid Andreev brought me to an emotional height whilst reading. Then some short stories like Kadaltheerathu by OV Vijayan and The Pomegranate Trees by William Saroyan moved me deeply. The Pomegranate Trees is a comedy save the last few sentences.


One book you wish had been written:
An autobiography by Bhagwanji. May feel strange, but for obvious reasons! πŸ˜‰


One book you wish had never been written:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Did not understand a thing about its claim as one of the best of all time. At least M Krishnan Nair is with me to support this claim! πŸ˜›


One book you are currently reading:
The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy and The Paper Man by William Golding.


One book you have been meaning to read:
Les Propheties by Michel Nostradamus with its meaning, if available!


It was a very interesting tag to think and take. I wish not to tag any, but those interested can take it if they please…. πŸ™‚

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18 responses to Book-a-tag! The initiatory! The centesimal!

  1. Nice one, there..!Thanks for taking up( booking) the tag.However, I dont understand why you wish “War and peace” was never written..? I haven`t had the chance to read it, but still was curious to know.With Best Regards,Srijith Unni.

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  2. Re: Srijith UnniIt was a very nice tag to take! Hahhaha! I did not find “War and Peace” to be interesting. Moreover I didn’t find anything in that novel to be treated as one of the best. I read this a long time back, but was disappointed reading it. Same time, I like all the other works of Tolstoy that I have read so far. πŸ™‚ Try and get a copy of it; your views need not be the same. πŸ™‚

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  3. congrats for the 100th post πŸ™‚

    i too luv the dictionary.. many of the books here are on my to-read list n some of them seem in ur local language so never heard of them. Would have helped if u had written a few lines on the books so tht even if i cant read ur language would get to know whts written.. but i guess it would have been tough with the no of books u listed

    anyways nice to read..

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  4. Re: Sudeep

    Many thanks! Yes, some books are in my mother tongue. I shall brief you about it:

    Joseph Edamaruku was a front runner in Indian atheist movement. His selected articles are printed as a book. It questions the beliefs of all religions and hints that he would believe only that which can be seen and comprehended. But he fails to understand that our vision also has its limitations. For example, an atheist would say a bactrium doesn’t exist for the sole reason that he can’t see it. Then he needs to depend on some microscopes. That means more vision. A telescope would give you more details of the outer space. Likewise, how can we say that something doesn’t exist for the sole reason that it should seen or comprehended. That made my belief in god unassailable.

    Vaayichalum Vaayichalum Theeraathe Pusthakam means “a Book you can’t finish reading no matter how many times you read it”! Sounds weird, na? It is about the story of a school teacher teaching his students to love nature and its wealth. Bobanum Moliyum is a comic series by Toms and you ask any Malayali and he would have a lot to talk about it! It is the story of two brats Boban and his sister Molly.

    Lankayil oru maruthi is a comedy/satire by CP Nair IAS. Political and social sarcasm you can call it.

    Kadaltheerathu is an outstanding shortstory by OV Vijayan that speaks about the story of a father whose son is to be hanged soon. Very touching and the language and symbols in the story are supreme. A film was also made with the same name.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for the visit, but do come back again! πŸ™‚

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  5. One gets to read in a lighter vein about books that were lent but never retunred. On those lines

    One book that you wish you had not lent
    One book that you don’t feel like returning.

    On a serious note,

    One book that you won’t to write.

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  6. Sree

    Thats quite a wonderful list! I was just done going through Srijith’s list one his blog actually, and hop across over here, to find yet another one!

    Gald to see that u loved Pomegranate trees. Thats a perennial fav of mine too! πŸ™‚ And yes, the fascination for Bobanum Moliyum is shared by every other Mallu on the planet, I guess! πŸ™‚

    I happened to see the cinematic adaptation of Kadaltheerathu, at the SIGNS fest that was going on at Kalabhavan last week. I wonder if u were there as well, but its well worth a watch!

    πŸ™‚

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  7. Re: Hiren

    Very interesting!

    One book that you wish you had not lent:
    Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapiere and Larry Collins. Gave that to someone, before seriously reading it…! Also “A Doll’s House” by Henril Ibsen. I read that before lending it.

    One book that you don’t feel like returning:
    “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen (hasn’t read as yet) and “Selected Short-stories” by MT Vasudevan Nair (read almost completely)

    Sorry, didn’t get the last question…

    If you meant one book that I want to write:
    I had a story in my mind sometime back, of a revenge of a slave-scrapper. The title would be “Colin Davross – The Petto 314” :-)) But I have no plans of writing it anymore! πŸ˜‰

    If you meant one book that I won’t write:
    Well, the answer is the above mentioned itself! πŸ˜›

    If it is regarding anyone else’s work, well I have already mentioned War and Peace and also “The Doscovery of India” by Jawaharlal Nehru…

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  8. Re: Velu Nair

    So, you were fed lavishly by two Sreejiths, huh? :-))

    Yes, The Pomegranate Trees would be there in my alltime favourite list. Such an impressive story! What more to say about Boban and Molly! All Mallus know them…

    No, I watched the film Kadaltheerathu on Doordarshan a long time back, even before reading that story. Got to see the movie again after reading the book, again on Doordarshan…

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  9. Congratulations on the 100th post. Nice list of books. The fact that dictionary is your favorite book is evident from your posts and comments. I always, have my on-line dictionary open before reading your posts πŸ™‚ Just kidding. I also love dictionaries. It is nice to have a lot of words at one’s command.

    The only thing I disagree with you is about War and Peace. I know it is a long book, boring at some places and very slow paced. But I still consider it as a masterpiece. I have not read Jospeph Edamakuku’s book and Vaayichaalum Vaayichaalum Theeraatha Pusthakam. Wonderful post.

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  10. Re: Alexis Leon

    Thanks a lot sir! ROFL @ an open dictionary when reading the posts and comments! πŸ˜‰

    As it is, some people dislike some books where some others like it. It is not the case with just books, but movies, personalities, everything…. Yes, I also found War and Peace to be too protracted. Edamaruku’s book is a good one that challenges all the religious beliefs of Christians and Hindus! I liked the book very much, though my views didn’t change much! At the same time, I got to read some instances of ‘magic’ by Satyasai Baba! I simply freeze off such human gods like Sai, Amritanandamayi et al! The other one is a children’s book, very interesting for adults too….

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