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I currently have a wee pile going beside my bed and am reading about 5 books all at the same time.. plus my new OPRAH magazine finally arrived – I subscribed online about 2 months ago and had kind of given up hope on it, what with the notorius Indian postal system and all.. but my first shiny issue arrived yesterday, the first of twelve that cost me all of $40 including postage to India.. I am quite amazed at the price – imported magazines are usually around $10 each at least in the bookshops here, so I have scored me a bargain it seems. And if you think Oprah is cheesy I say take a look at it – I am a magazine-addict but am really getting over endless articles featuring size zero girls in $3000 shoes etc.. Oprah has nice life advice stuff that tends to give you a lift, as opposed to the other magazines which make me feel self concious and unfashionable.. so thats gotta be good right?!

So of course to continue in the the must-exercise-must-eat-right theme that I seem to have fallen into over the last few months, I am currently reading French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Mireille Guilliamo. It is a Me type of eating – lots of fresh fruit and vege and unprocessed food. Allowing yourself a glass of wine with dinner and a few pieces of chocolate in the weekend, but in moderation and under control. It also offers sensible advise like taking the stairs where possible, not watching TV while eating, drinking plenty of water, getting variety in your food and controlling your portions.  All good ideas and the book is well presented with lots of anecdotes from her life. It is also probably the only diet book I would allow nyself to read as I refuse to calorie count of even let the word ‘dieting’ into my vocab. I am instead focussing on eating healthily and exercsing right, which will no doubt have the side effect of weight loss. Unfortunatly the temptation of fabulous but heavy and huge Indian meals is always around, as is the wining and dining of clients with K and the bottles of wine that tend to go along with that.. but I am learning.. and improving.

Next is After the Quake, Haruki Murakami, one of my favourite fiction writers. This is a book of short stories all based around the Kobe earthquake of 198 . As usual Murakami’s stories are a fabulous mix of the mudane and real, with the wild and surreal. His characters are from the Japanese working class and are memorable and complex despite the shortness of the stories. They all deal with themes of death, separation, emptiness, and transformation and the news of the Kobe earthquake is a constant in the background of them all. Great before-sleep reading.

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 This book by Philip Legrain, Immigrants: your country needs them, I have actually only read the first few pages of, but I am dying to have a good few hours to get into it. The theme is something I feel quite strongly about but as I’m terrible at argueing my points with someone opposed to my ideas I looking forward to hearing the arguements articulated and proved.

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Next is a short story book by acclaimed New Zealand author Patricia Grace, Small Holes in the Silence.The stories are her usual beautiful and thought provoking work with enough New Zealand themes and language to make me feel right at home. I savour every word that she writes and hope she doesn’t mind that her book is actually my ‘toilet book’ right now (which I think you all know what I mean by that). Short stories book are perfect for this role..

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The last two books sitting by my bed are from the great ‘Teach Yourself’ series..

First is Teach Yourself Hindi, which is resting at the moment, due to be opened again when i restart my lessons in a few weeks, after about 9 months gap (oops) and second is Teach Yourself to write a business plan (or something like that) which gets poured over everytime I get a new surge of energy for opening this shop..  which by the way may now be turning into an online shop after realising that the area with some of the most expensive property in the world is probably not the best spot to open your first shop.. at least not right now. But anyway, more about that later.

So are YOU reading anything good right now? What can you recommend?

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recommendations

just finished a great book last night that has kept me awake till 2am every night this week. I am both relieved and sad to have finally finished it!

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with her father (a man prone to aphorisms and meteoric affairs), Blue is clever, deadpan, and possessed of a vast lexicon of literary, political, philosophical, and scientific knowledge—and is quite the cineaste to boot. In her final year of high school at the elite (and unusual) St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina, Blue falls in with a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. But when the drowning of one of Hannah’s friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide—or misguide—her.

(that’s from penguin books not me)

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I have also found a fantabulous body lotion that smells like you just stepped out of a salon after a lovely massage.  

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream, Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment.

yum.

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Welcome to Mumbai

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This is South Mumbai.

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My house is somewhere there too, I am lucky not to suffer from the long commute that most Mumbaiikers have to face every morning and evening. This is just a fraction of the city, it continues northwards as a long peninsular sticking out from the mainland. It fits all 16-18 million people very snugly, while still leaving room for cricket (see the brown patches close to my office? These are cricket grounds).

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The hunt is finally over.

I hereby present to you … (drum roll please)

The Perfect mascara

no first-fortnight clumps. In fact no clumps, ever.

Long volumous lashes.

Waterproof.

Lovely. 

Christian Dior ‘DiorShow’ mascara.

bloody expensive but worth every dollar

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sites i’m visiting

my new favourite.. the unashamedly girly-gossipy-crappy-but-great-for-5-minute-work-breaks:

 www.glam.com

Top News Today is a deep, stirring and riveting look at the life and fashions of Victoria Beckham.

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what i’m reading

Really enjoying this biography of Vikram Seth’s Uncle and Aunty with who he lived with while studying at Oxford. Uncle Shanti is his mother’s brother and Aunt Henny is a Jew from Germany. They met in the early 1930s in Berlin and the book chronicles both their stories, and so also gives a perspective of World War 2 and other world events during their life together.

It has a nice slow pace and is very rich in details, perfect bedtime reading.

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recommendations

Halfway through this book, really enjoying it. lots of sarcastic and angry and self obsessed characters all with different points of view.

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This movie made me laugh out loud constantly and i want to get it out on dvd and watch it again. Great acting, great story of a disfunctional family that is freakin hilarious.

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