Sunday, February 14, 2010

Three Years

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Although I don't have much to say today, I wanted to make a quick post noting that today is the third anniversary of my blog. The last half-year has been rather slow in terms of updates and posts, but I anticipate writing some more soon.

I marked this Valentine's day by watching "The Hurt Locker", reading a few chapters of the first Lord Peter Wimsey novel, and eating vadas with tea while it snowed outside my window. Delightful Sunday afternoon, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Five Months Later...

Hello All,

I have been neglecting my dear old blog for such a long time. There has been so much to write about, and so much that happened - none of which has had a chance to get posted. Over the past five months, I have settled in at my internship in the Twin Cities, completed nearly half of said internship, made some new friends, missed my old friends, had some interesting new experiences including an intimate acquaintance with the “Minnesota nice” which has shaken me up a bit, and have in general been far too busy to be able to make sense enough of my life to post it here. My friend Aarti pitches for a new post every time I see her, and here it finally is - five months later.

Life in Minnesota has been interesting to say the very least. Professionally, I have grown tremendously. Personally, I have grown a lot too. Life keeps casting fascinating things onto my path. Dealing with all of this has been rewarding, but draining too. I do want to talk about everything that I had hoped my time here would be, which it has not been; and of all the unexpected delights that have found their way into my life. My sister has given me various pointers about what I should write, but just thinking about all of that exhausts me. I’m going to do a yearly roundup of books and an update of what I am up to now. But other than that, I think I shall just hope that my wish to write does not dry up, and that I will continue to post about what happens from now on.

I read twenty-eight books this year. That’s one more than last year. I started with the lovely Villette, and it certainly has been a most wonderful year of reading. I don’t think that I had set a reading goal for last year, so I don’t feel disappointed about not meeting it. These are the books I read in 2009:

* The Evil Genius - Collins
* A Few Quick Ones - Wodehouse
* Mystery Mile - Allingham
* The Big Four - Christie
* The Professor - Bronte
* Young Men in Spats - Wodehouse
* Eggs, Beans and Crumpets - Wodehouse
* Service with a Smile - Wodehouse
* Sense and Sensibility - Austen
* The Clocks - Christie
* The Absentee - Edgeworth
* Castle Rackrent - Edgeworth
* The Thin Man - Hammett
* Passenger to Frankfurt - Christie
* The Vicar of Wakefield - Goldsmith
* Unexpected Guest - Christie
* Men Behaving Badly - Nye
* Murder on the Orient Express - Christie
* Thank You Jeeves - Wodehouse
* Rumpole and the Primrose Path - Mortimer
* Right Ho, Jeeves! - Wodehouse
* Carry On, Jeeves - Wodehouse
* How Right You Are Jeeves! - Wodehouse
* A Baker Street Dozen - Doyle
* Love Over Scotland - Smith
* Cranford – Gaskell
* Rumpole Misbehaves – Mortimer
* Villette – Brontë

I also read half of “Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories”, but ended up tossing the book out when I moved to Minneapolis. My goal for this year: thirty books.

I am looking forward to this year. It will probably mark quite a few landmarks for me. I will graduate after a quarter of a century in school. My parents will breathe a sigh of relief – I think they are rather tired of telling people I am still a student. I will have my first “real job”. I will move to some place where I will not live in the anticipation of moving. I have also resolved that I will do several other things that I have always wanted to do, but never got around to. My life is beautiful and only hope dawns on the horizon.

“Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.”
~Robert Herrick (Ceremonies upon Candlemas)

Today is Candlemas day. But for my blog and my life in general - quite apt, isn’t it?