- Hyderabad, India
- member since January 21, 2008
Manini’s last login was Wednesday, November 4, 2009.
First I saw her presentation at TED - check that out http://bigbangbong.wordpress.com/2008/03/17/wonderful-presentation-by-jill-bolte-taylor-at-ted-2008-stroke-of-insight/
Then decide if the subject matter excites you.
More emotional than rational though..
I do know of Swarga Martyo Patal .......... though I haven't read it .... my all time favourite Shankar is "Kato Ajanare" ....... about where I live, I'm actually from Kolkata(Hazra)..... but am doing my MSc from Chennai Mathematical Institute ..... so am currently staying at Chennai ....... how about you?
Welcome back! Also come to Travelers club and you could know lot about our present activities. I visit the library every morning spending hours reading magaznes and journals on Canada including native-lives, forests and wild life, endangered species.....
I fnally finished Lost Steps ............. needless to say it was a wonderful read ........... seemed that I myself was making the journey ............ actually am still too much into it to review it ........
how is your reading going? ........... what's new on your rack?
I am reading Michael Frayn's Headlong. Quite good so far. The initial parts were quite breathtaking. But it loses steam - sort of - midway. Haven't finished it yet. Let me see how it goes. I plan to read Dawkins' God delusion after that. Should be interesting.
sorry for being so late in replying ...... I don't know enough of te history of Egypt to comment on the Egyptian Empresses .... but the end of Akhenaten was really wonderful ......... the way she told the whole story .... revealing some and concealing a lot more (that' what I deduced) was really praiseworthy ..... but that I guess is more a craftsmanship of Mahfouz than that of Nefertiti ......... anyways it was surely a marvelous read .......
what are you reading now? ....... I have started Lost Steps and it does seem very promising ....... let's see how it turns out ........
Yes Derrida is amazing. I hope to read him in the original (in English, Unfortunately I haven't learned French) soon. Other thinkers I like are Barthes, Foucault, Sartre and Heidegger. Yes, I do believe in the death of the author. What the author means is not (that) important. A text is relevant because of what we read into it. We are free to interpret the text as we want. I think it's absurd to keep worrying about what the author meant, instead of thinking about what the text means to us.Infact all the fun in reading comes from trying to figure out what a text means to us isn't it? Haven't read any Mahfouz yet. I hope to read the Cairo trilogy when I get my hands on it. I have the first part, but couldn't get the other two books. As for Akhenaten it looks very interesting. And I am also very interested in the historical character of Akhenaten. He was responsible for a religious revolution in ancient Egypt (if I have got my facts right). Quite an interesting character.Unfortunately I have developed a nasty habit of not finishing my books. I start many books but finish none. Right now I am reading around 13 books ... lol. As for catcher in the rye .... Caulfield is one of the most memorable characters in fiction. I like him a lot. And it has got one of the best opening sentences in a book.