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My troubles with Indian fiction | Notes from my Reading

I've been going through a reading spree. Over the past four weeks. I completed five books and am halfway through my sixth. This is huge for me. I'm not sure how long it will last, but if a slump comes through, that's alright - at least I'm having a good run at the moment. 
Indian fictionI don't read as many books written by Indian-origin authors or set in India or featuring Indian-origin characters as I want to. Part of it is due to poor track record so far - a lot of the same tropes keep showing up. When you know something intimately, it gets hard to look past the tropes. There are some books that I have loved and I could find more books by those authors, so part of the blame is on me and not the books. I've also not done well about reading Indian authors though I have quite a large collection of such books.This past week, I spent some time to find a book featuring Indian-American characters. I was intentionally looking for a light and fun read. (Mainly I was c…

The Sunday Salon -- August 8, 2010

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It sure has been some time since I blogged. I took two days off books and blogs and work, and now I'm back finally, with my grey cells tingling with an itch to browse blogs. If you have been following my blog, then you know that I just defended my thesis three days ago, and I've been basking in that sheer pleasure for the past few days. My brother's coming next week and I will be seeing him after more than a year. I still haven't seen my parents for more than a year, and it doesn't look likely that I will go home any time soon. But if things work out well, they'll come here next Spring. *Fingers crossed*

There's so much I have missed out on in the blogging world, and then there's a LOT of reading to catch up with. I planned to do a readathon this weekend, but that never happened. Instead, I spent part of the last two days at the Steppin' Out festival in Blacksburg, with friends. It's my last week in Blacksburg (hopefully not forever), so I want to spend some time at my favorite haunts over here.

Hopefully, I'll get some reading time today. I started with Blankets by Craig Thompson yesterday - I'm hoping to finish that within the next half hour. And then, I'm finally picking up The Passage by Justin Cronin. How has everyone's week been so far?

Happy reading and happy blogging!

Comments

Welcome back, Aths, and congrats on the thesis. I can relate!

Here's my salon, at a new venue:

http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/the-sunday-salon-august-8/
Steppin out looks awesome; what a great way to spend some of your last weekend in Blacksburg!
bermudaonion said…
You certainly deserved some down time after all your hard work, and Steppin' Out sounds like the perfect way to spend it.
Marce said…
Time for some fun for sure, enjoy your last week there with friends and enjoy you brother family time.
Athira said…
Laurel-Rain Snow, thank you so much!

Helen, I certainly agree! I had a wonderful time at the festival! I especially loved the pottery items I saw there. I ended up buying a mug, but if I had already moved to my new place, I would have bought more.

Kathy, I'm so glad I just did what I wanted and had loads of fun over the weekend. I can't wait to get back to blogging and reading now.

Marce, thank you so much! I will certainly miss this place, I sure hope to have loads of fun this week.
Frances said…
Congratulations on your thesis defense and weekend fun. It feels great getting back to recreational reading after being bogged down by obligations/responsibilities, right? My summer has been crazy and I have kept the reading light which has turned out to be very enjoyable. Happy reading!
Congrats again on your thesis! I can't imagine how relieved you feel right now... take some time to relax and read!
Tales of Whimsy said…
I'm so glad you're getting to relax :) Congrats again darling!