And Now Its June….

As I read other posts, on glories of Summer, I am hard pressed to find one good thing about this damm season in this part of the Geography! Heat, dry and unceasingly stifling beats, down on all in the Indian sub continent and those of us able to afford air conditioning count our blessings. But what of those who are barely able to manage a roof over their heads, let alone any cooling instrument to give relief? There are many such in this part of the world and I can only say, we have a long way to go way before equality for all in all kinds becomes a reality for many!

I had no intention of kick starting this post is such a pedantic note, but sometimes you gotta stop and count  your blessings and spare a thought for those not so fortunate! Anyhow, June is here and of course its time to read! I was hoping to read a lot more in the last few days of May, which I spent at a friends place in the deep Himalayas; but nature in all its beauty kept calling me and I abandoned reading in favor of hiking all over the small Himalayan town, gossiping with friends over cups of tea and playing with my friend’s three cats! I never figured myself for a cat person, since I always had dogs around, but I guess we live and learn! Due to such wonderfully rejuvenating distractions, needless to say, reading took a back seat! But now is the time to play catch up!

I have finally finished, Histories by Herodotus (Finally and Yay! and blog post coming up soon!) and can now move on to The History of the Peloponnesian War  by Thucydides as part of The Well Educated Mind Reading Challenge  the with Cleo and Ruth! Again with Cleo, I continue reading Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. And again with Cleo and O, I continue the serialized reading of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, as part of O’s brilliant and innovative Reading Event. I have quite a few read alongs with Cleo for the Summer, and a host of interesting books to read, but then what’s so unusual about that? 😉 I also picked up The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley and am finding it very interesting and intriguing! Finally, after much plodding and many recommendations (the last being Stefanie’s decisive review), I have decided to join the Ferrantas bandwagon and plan to read My Brilliant Friend, through the next month!

Besides all of this, as many of you are aware, I am also hosting The Shadow of the Moon Read Along through June-July. Cleo and Helen are joining the event and I hope some of you will come along for the ride as well!

That’s the plan for the month and as I bid adieu for this post, I leave you with some pictures of the mountains and the cats!



14 thoughts on “And Now Its June….

  1. I can hardly believe it is June already! Your visit sounds wonderful and hiking in the Himalayas is an excellent and completely acceptable distraction from reading. Congrats on finishing Herodotus! I look forward to your post on it 🙂

    1. Yes……Himalayas is always fun!! And Thank God I was able to finish The Histories….I loved it, but at one point it seemed like NEVER ENDING! Post coming soon! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! Dead Souls! I’d forgotten about that one. Do you know why? I abandon my despised Pevear-Volonhonsky translators, ordered a new book and it hasn’t come yet. In fact, it’s two weeks late. I haven’t received Shadow of the Moon yet but it’s not due to be delivered until June 6th so hopefully I get it by then. I can’t wait to start!

    Congratulations on finishing Herodotus and get prepared to be lulled into a coma by Thucydides. 😀 Yes, when I say that about my beloved Greeks, it’s bad. But I do think it’s worth reading so jump right in!

    The Himalayas look beautiful! I’m assuming that’s cloud in the air and not smog? Well, when I visit you someday (you notice I said “when” 😉 ) I will make sure to avoid May to September.

    Have a great June and I hope both of us get a chance to read more than we have been! I’ll let you know when I get my book!

    1. You forgot about Dead Souls?!! After introducing me to it??!! Too funny! No rush on Shadow of the Moon….we have June and July to finish the book. While I am very happy to have finished The Histories, I am seriously hyperventilating about Thucydides. I mean I loved Herodotus and I took 3 months…what will then happen with The Penelopesian War? Oh! Lord! Have mercy!! The Himalayas are beautiful and yes, that’s cloud and not smog. In fact Himalayas are the only smog free zone in North India and thank heavens for that! Yes….do not not come between May to September, but November is an especially wonderful time to visit! Here’s to more reading for both of us!

  3. I’m looking forward to reading Shadow of the Moon with you, when Cleo’s book arrives. Congratulations on finishing the Herodotus – it’s not something I’ve ever really considered reading, so I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on it.

    1. Cleo’s book should be in, in next few days! Herodotus is actually very interesting but it needs focus reading not because it is complex but because he keeps jumping from A to C to B to back again at A and then D. And because work was grueling lately, I could not give that kind of undivided attention. But It is an excellent read…this I guess is your mini review! 🙂

  4. That sounds like a wonderful trip – your photos make me want to go there VERY bad (I love mountains :)). Will be interested to hear what you think of The Chamomile Lawn! I’m starting to get into Interwar literature these days.

    1. Hey Marian. I love the mountains too and these were really more of baby mountains. There is this place in Himalayas closer to the Tibet Plateau, called Spiti and its a Mountain Desert. At 12000 ft from Sea Level there is a desert and it is magnificent! I want to retire there! I finished Chamomile Lawn and I will post a review soon. I was not terribly impressed and I have honestly read better interwar literature! But it’s a good one time read… more details soon! 🙂

    1. Himalays are wonderful. I wish I could do what the British used to do when they ruled this country ….6 months, i.e. the summers out of a Himalayan township and 6 months, the cooler months on the plain! Unfortunately, there is a job and bills to be paid which happens only in the searing hot plains of India!

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