v Favorite childhood book – The usual Enid Blyton’s, Nancy Drew’s and Hardy Boy’s.. But also Tinkle, Gokulam and Champak .. They used to carry some nice and interesting stories and articles...
v What are you reading right now – “Maximum City” by Suketu Mehta
v Bad book habit – Tendency to get completely immersed in what I am reading and become oblivious to whatever is happening around me. Which I know is ok only sometimes. ;-)
v Do you have an e-reader? Nope. I don’t like to read novels online. I need to feel the book in my hand, inhale the smell of the pages... :-)
v Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? One at a time.
v Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? They have definitely broadened.
v Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown. It was a major let-down!
v Favorite book you’ve read this year? The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Divakarunni Banerjee.
v How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Whenever something catches my fancy / interest which is not as often as I’d like it to be.
v What is your reading comfort zone? Definitely Fiction or Indian Mythology
v Can you read on the bus? Nope. But I can read on the train!! :-)
v Favorite place to read? Lying down on my bed...
v What is your policy on book lending? I have no problems in lending my books to people who can take good care of them and that means no dog ears, no scribbling, no damage to the book in any which way. I just try and make sure that I get them back from them. ;-)
v Do you ever dog-ear books? No. I try not to. I go by using a bookmark or trying to make note of the page number!
v Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Nope. Only in textbooks!
v Not even with text books? The margins of my textbooks are filled with illegible scribbles. Notes to myself!!
v What is your favorite language to read in? English. I have never been a fan of Malayalam or Hindi books simply because I am not comfortable reading them as comfortable as I am with English.
v What makes you love a book? The story, the language, the characterizations and sometimes the ending!!
v What will inspire you to recommend a book? The same reasons as above. If I love a book, any book, I will recommend it to all and sundry.
v Favorite genre? Thrillers.. Put in a couple of psychopaths and some case to solve and I am hooked..
v Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) Biographies probably…
v Favorite biography? Losing my virginity – Sir Richard Branson
v Have you ever read a self-help book? Nope. I don’t intend to either.
v Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Hmm.. None as yet!! :-)
v Favorite reading snack? No snacks.. Tea anyday anytime! :-)
v Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience – The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand. Too many people said too many good things about the book. I started it with great expectations and I have not gotten beyond the first 20 pages.
v How often do you agree with critics about a book? Only sometimes. I feel some books they are too critical about which I don’t agree with. But then hey, to each his own! :)
v How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? If a book deserves it, then I would not feel it was wrong to give a bad review!
v If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? Hmm.. Maybe French or Spanish!
v Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? The Godfather!
v Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Haven’t come across something like that as yet!
v Favorite Poet? I like certain poems by certain poets but there’s no favorite poet as such…
v Favorite fictional character? Michael Corleone
v Favorite fictional villain? Voldermort.
v Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Godfather
v The longest I’ve gone without reading – None so far! I always make sure I have something on hand to read…
v Name a book that you could/would not finish – Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead. (Could not finish, barely got beyond the first 20 pages!)
v What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Extremely loud noises.
v Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Godfather, without a doubt.
v Most disappointing film adaptation? Most of them are disappointing but one that stands out – Mistress of Spices
v The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? A lil’ more than Rs.3000/-
v How often do you skim a book before reading it? No skimmings apart from the gist at the back of the book. I don’t like to do that! :-)
v What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? Actually nothing, I try to complete whichever book I pick up.. Don’t like to leave it halfway through… Leaves me with a feeling of something-not-done yet!!
v Do you like to keep your books organized? Yep!
v Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Keep them… Why would someone buy them if they’re planning to give them away!
v Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Lol… No!
v Name a book that made you angry – None so far!
v A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Godfather… I started reading it with a skeptical outlook and then I fell for it, hard!!
v A book that you expected to like but didn’t? The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown. I think this is how great expectations and hype ruin a book.
v Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Comics, Enid Blyton’s St.Clare & Malory Towers series, Harry Potter series, Twilight…