As you can see here, I did ask for it. So no complaints, here I go. The usual stuff about 'ask me another day, I will give you another list' applies to this tag.
Total number of books I own
Around 400 here in Chicago - quite a few of them in boxes that shall be unpacked as soon as I move into an apartment with a little more space, a fast diminishing 300 back home that my mom keeps donating away, another 20 - 30 in other people's bookshelves. I guess I should be including Bill's too but what if he counts mine when he does a similar exercise? Na, we will leave it at that.
Last book(s) I bought
Arun Kolatkar - Jejuri. How can I not own this one?
Rucha Humnabadkar - Dance of the Fireflies [Public service announcement / supporting a friend. This also qualifies as my good deed of the day.]
The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman
No, No, I am not into poetry. Pure coincidence.
Last books(s) I read
Malcolm Gladwell - Blink. I have to explain this one, I know. I read this one yesternight so that I can get a free lunch at today's book club at work. I swear.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment. Re-read it this week. At 18, I thought it was funny; at 21, I found it too depressing; now, I find it too optimistic. What should one do with moi?
Illango Atikal - The Cilappatikaram. Translation by R Parthasarathy. Can't help thinking that its slightly lost in translation.
Books I am currently reading
Amartya Sen - The Argumentative Indian. Two more essays to go.
Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore
Roald Dahl - The Collected Stories. Picked this one up for a mere 100 rupees in College Street, Cal. Can you believe that?
Five books that I have really enjoyed or influenced me
Five? Who are we kidding? Let me do this - since I am all into 'Blink'ing now that I have read the book, I will try a little experiment. I will write down the first ten books that come to my mind.
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Oscar Wilde - The Complete Plays
William Shakespeare - The Complete Plays
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-Five
P G Wodehouse - The Jeeves Omnibus
Richmal Crompton - The William series[At least I know where this one came from. Might not have happened if I hadn't read Falstaff's list this morning.]
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Howard Zinn - A People's History of the United States
Oh no, I forgot Tolkien. And Dostoyevsky. And Jane Austen. What am I going to do now?
Books I plan to buy next
No plan. I will just know when I want to buy what I want to buy.
Books that caught my attention but I have never read
Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway
James Joyce - Ulysses
Books I own but have never got around to reading
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Philip Roth - American Pastoral
Romila Thapar - Early India
Teach Yourself Bengali!
Well, this list is sort of long, so I think I will stop here!
People I am passing this on to
"Yaam petra inbam perugai vaiyagam" - Let the happiness that I have experienced spread to the whole wide world.
JAP-da - Have you done one of these? If so, post link please.
Karthik - How about you?
Ludwig - C'mon, you love lists. You can do this.
Black Mamba - You knew this was coming, didn't you?