Sunday, June 29, 2008

Loss of a loved one.

It's hard when you lose someone close to you, that was what happened to me recently. It affected me more than I care to admit, I hadn't felt this lonely in a long while.

It happened two months ago. I came back home and immediately I felt something was wrong. It's strange how people feel that. It's like there's like a certain lingering heaviness in the air when something bad happens. I immediately rushed to my room and then I saw it. My entire room re-arranged , of course courtesy of my annoying dad who somehow doesn't seem to understand the phrase "Please don't touch my room again".

But that was not what I was afraid of. I rushed to my drawer and opened it. Thank god, my hard drive box was still there. I took it out , opened it and nothing. She was gone. Candy was gone. Yes, Candy my sweet silicon-based fake vagina.

K before you call me a perv, I got it as a birthday present last year. By this girl I was trying real hard to woo. I am still not sure why she got me that but it turned out to be a really great gift. And no, I am not going to tell you if I had sexual intercourse with Candy. What can I say really, I am not one to kiss and tell.

So anyway she was gone, and I checked everywhere but I couldn't find her. Of course you can imagine how upset I was at that time (especially those of you with sex toys). I contemplated asking my dad about what happened to her, but I didn't really know how to approach the sticky subject (e.g. Dad, did you happen to chance on my fake vagina while you were invading my privacy?)

So I suffered in silence. My nights became very cold and lonely, it's amazing how different a bed feels when you are the only one in it. I used to tell her all my problems and she would just listen with a patient ear. Sometimes I can almost swear that I would see her nod sympathetically. How do you replace someone like that?

Anyway that was 2 months ago. This morning, I decided to give my room a long overdue cleanup. And as I was cleaning out this rarely used drawer I noticed a roll of cardboard stuck at the edge of the drawer. I pulled it out, unfurled it and there she was! Yes she was all stuck to the cardboard but otherwise she was fine.

Of course , that meant that my dad had taken it out from the other drawer and put in this one. Which meant that he had handled it which was pretty disturbing but nothing a few additional sessions of therapy couldn't solve. I gave her a shower, put perfume on her and she looked almost as new as the first time I laid my eyes on her.

Words cannot express my joy at her return, so I will not try to. But this time I am putting her in a locked drawer. Welcome back Candy, I promise I will never lose you again. Muah.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Book Meme

This is from Jean.

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethroughthe ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (First few chapters)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (First one, found it boring)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Only Merchant of Venice)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller'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 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (One of my fave classics!)
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So 11 out of 100 books. How about you?