Silent Reading Meet#1 : how it happened

It started with a post that the awesome traveler Doulos shared on fb about silent reading parties / meeting in US ! This totally caught my interest and i asked him to arrange one in Delhi too. A month later we again talked about it and this time he assigned the job to me.

So, a fb event was created. Date and venue was picked over calls and chats. And we were set.

Last Saturday, 5pm I reached the venue to find 4 people waiting for me. 3 more joined in next half hour while we discussed the books we had got to read. Amidst the lovely ruins of hauz khas, sitting on the lush green grass, we turned to our books and silently read for an hour. It was the longest stretch of reading i had in a long long time. And it was so amazing.

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This one experience was enough for me to want to do this again. And i will. Come august, i will create another event for second meet of silent readers. If you happen to be in delhi that weekend, do join me.

 

I also made some bookmarks for the fellow readers ~ IMG_20140719_112714

 

 

 

 

 

Keep reading . Stay blessed 🙂

Sleep #55wordfiction

“Do you need anything”, she asked him absent mindedly.

He hesitantly asked if she would get him a glass of water and turn off the lights.

She sighed as she kept the book away. The hero’s last wish had to wait till morning to be read. Right now her life’s hero wanted to sleep !

A to Z challenge : Kindle for books

For a long time , I thought one needs to buy kindle to read the books available on amazon [ They were at times lot cheaper than paperback]. Then amazon came out with Kindle apps for PC , android , iPad , windows Phone etc and that opened a lot of books to me.

You can download the free kindle apps here

Also , chrome has a kindle cloud reader widget that can be installed and access all the books you have purchased.

Recently I bought a new phone that has an awesome kindle app and reading is so much easy and fun. I am so so addicted to it that I do nothing on phone in free time except read. Browsing kindle, I also came across this list of Kindle’s top 100. What is really cool about this list is that there are both free books and the paid ones. Kindle books get synced to the last line read on all applications and devices at same time so you can always switch from laptop app to the phone one seamlessly.

Do download and try some really cheap and interesting reading options !!

And lastly ,  Please check my poetry collection on Kindle : Fragments

If you happen to buy and read , please let me know your feedback.

Time for self : ME time !

Me time. Like the one I have taken out now to write this post ?

Or the time I find to read other posts that would be written about this theme in hope to learn a bit from other wise ladies ( and men if they wrote).

Often I think Me time is just an illusion. but its a beautifully satisfying illusion I admit 😀

How you take out time mostly depends on what you like to do, since each activity/hobby has a place and time. you would not imagine cooking in middle of night,will you ? Well I can not since I have an open kitchen where you can not stand in winter nights for more than making a cup of tea for yourself !

I do not like days I miss on reading and writing. While reading a book regularly looks like a lot of effort , it is not. I spend 15 min travel time in reading and 20-30 minutes before I sleep on the book. Also, the days my cab is late ( which happens 2 times a week for sure) , you will always find me reading.

Also the time I travel on weekends in the metro , I prefer to keep my phone inside bag and rather read the 30-40 min I got.

While writing takes much more time and you have to sit on the laptop with a concentration of atleast half hour , I try to write bits and pieces of prose articles ( and even poetry) in phone notes / email drafts whenever the thought strikes. Early morning ( my morning is 11 am though ), with  a cup of tea in hand , I sit to assemble these thoughts into something meaningful. If not , then I do it from office since I get a bit free time to read and write in middle of other tasks.

Writing also involves reading others – to be inspired , to learn , to be amused and entertained , to share and to expand your horizons. This reading can be done on phone while you travel or better if you own a tab. you can save the pages once online and read them later. I try to spend 2-3 hours each weekend on reading various articles. Most articles get delivered to my inbox making it easier for me to read from my phone.

Another activity I enjoy is to walk. To notice things and people around. Most days , I follow the walk-n-talk advice of idea 😀  All my calls to my mother are done while I am walking to and fro the market or in park , or going to metro station ( which happens to be a walk of 20+ min each time ).

 

Latest and the last hobby for me is cooking. I pack my dinner almost daily and I try to prepare it on my own. But i do not get to try new dishes on weekdays since I am in a hurry to get ready and cook at same time. Hence the weekends I go home, I spend in kitchen. My mom loves it ’cause she can be free of kitchen duty for 2 days and I get the kitchen to myself to try all new dishes I want. win win situation ! Next week, I try the same dish at my place 🙂

 

So that’s My time and how I spend it.

And hope that I keep finding time like this after I am married and have extra responsibilities too.

Indie -Fever : Reading challenge

Indie book reading challenge
Indie book reading challenge

I found this challenge on book Reviews by DDS  but joining a little late as I wasn’t clear about Indie books.

Challenge : Read as many Indie Authors and their works.

Level I chose : Amateur : Choose to read 4-8 Indie books

I will be reviewing on my Group book blog : A Lot of Pages

Also , the books have to listed back on the main blog here

First Reads Reading challenge 2013

First Reads Challenge 2013

I found this challenge on book Reviews by DDS [ she spells it way cooler ] and liked it.

Challenge : Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven’t read before.

Level I chose : Amateur : Choose to read 1 – 10 New Authors

I will be reviewing on my Group book blog : A Lot of Pages

Also , the books have to listed back on the main blog here