BBC 100 books to read -tag

Thanks to wishesgalore I have a post on my blog after long long time :).Here’s the tag about books I have read from the BBC’s list of 100

“Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!”

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien have watched the movie, all parts so many times…does that count?

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee watched the movie

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott watched the movie

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

28. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

29. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

30. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

31. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

32. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis watched movie

33. Emma -Jane Austen

34. Persuasion – Jane Austen

35. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis watched movie

36. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

38. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

39. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

40. Animal Farm – George Orwell

41. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

49. Atonement – Ian McEwan

50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

51. Dune – Frank Herbert

52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac

66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding watched the movie

68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

71. Dracula – Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

74. Ulysses – James Joyce

75. The Inferno – Dante

76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

77. Germinal – Emile Zola

78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

79. Possession – AS Byatt

80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

86. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle read some but not whole series

89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

93. Watership Down – Richard Adams

94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

score 13/100 :|

I hope to improve upon this one!


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by Thee to ever-widening thought and action – Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.


PS: Its the prayer I heard for 12+years of my schooling…it was a part of my life and I just remembered it out the blue today and now cant get it out of my head…feeling nostalgic

hitchy hitch

“Hitch” is one of my all time favorite movies…and today just out of blue I remembered the lines said by Will Smith in the movie. I dont know if they are original to the movie or said by some famous person, but I totally love them :)
here they go…

“Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away”

pretty neat and romantic…and did I mention I am a self proclaimed romantic fool ;)

PS: no reasons for the weird title for this post other than it was the first thing that came to my mind!

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नही होती
हिम्मत करने वालों की हार नहीं होती.

नन्ही चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवरों पर सौ बार फिसलती है.
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस बनता है,
चढ़ कर गिरना, गिर कर चढ़ना ना अखरता है.
आखिर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती.

डुबकियाँ सिँधु में गोता-खोर लगता है,
जा-जा कर खाली हाथ लौट आता है.
मिलते ना सहज ही मोती पानी में,
बहता दूना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में.
मुठ्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
हिम्मत करने वालों की हार नहीं होती.

असफलता एक चुनौती है स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गयी देखो और सुधार करो.
जब तक ना सफल हो नींद चैन की त्यागो तुम,
संघर्षों का मैदान छोड़ मत भागो तुम.

कुछ किये बिना ही जय-जयकार नहीं होती,
हिम्मत करने वालों की हार नहीं होती.

श्री हरिवंशराय बच्चन

This poem I am sure I must have learnt sometime during the early school life, but back then it was just one one the many ones which I crammed for the exam…and now when I read this, it seems its been custom made…each line makes you think and inspires to continue the effort…

In someone’s words which I have been told n number of times ” बिना मरे स्वर्ग नहीं मिलता ” …

quote unquote

Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

this day last year

Last year as the Oscars were being announced, I was in my office, checking them online and going ga ga over Slumdog…this year I again followed the oscars, but on a Sunday evening lazying on a couch watching it live on TV…sadly I havn’t yet seen the movie which won the most Oscars tonight including the first ever female for best direction, “The Hurt Locker”…
long live the oscar’s and the entertainment world…what would we do without it!

and yes…its Women’s Day…so here’s hoping that women power keeps growing and may god give us strength to follow our dreams.

It feels

Its just the begining,
then why its feels like end…

Its start of a decade,
then why it feels like end of years…

Its a journey which has just begun,
then why it feels like there is no road…

Together I thought we would create a new world,
then why it feels I am all alone