Friday, June 16, 2017

Reading Addict

I have been always called a bookworm. If I suddenly go missing, you can always find me under a book. 

Reading has become equivalent to breathing for me to the point that I cannot fall asleep till I read at least a page. Since 2011 I have been keeping a reading challenge on Goodreads and I have never completed it until last year. Last year, ladies & gentlemen, I read a total of 100 books. WooHoo!! 

The fact that I was unemployed probably 5 months of the year also helped me achieve my target. All in all those were best 5 months of my life wherein I did what I truly enjoyed. 

A part of me actually dies when someone says they don't read and they would rather wait for the movie to come out. I feel we live in a world where everybody wants shortcut and don't even want to imagine things and rather have a movie do the work for them. 

I sometimes use books as an escape method wherein I dont want to face the real world problems. When I'm so engrossed in a book with what's happening with the character and all the emotions they go thorough, I also become a part of it. Once i'm done with the book i feel like I have won a battle and can face my real world problems. :)

I thought i'll share the my top 10 favorite books of 2016 to get you all in the habit of reading. 

1. What Lies Beneath by Nayomi Munaweera

2. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

Open by Andre Agassi

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Me Before You by Jojo Moyees

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

    The Unspoken Curse by VK Madhavan Kutty

    To read the synopsis and reviews of these books, please checkout Goodreads.

    To check out all the books that I read in 2016 Reading Challenge, please click here

    I do hope some of you take some time out to read couple of these books. Trust me there is nothing like reading a book. Happy Reading everyone!!

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017


    Its been years since I wrote my post. A lot of things have happened since then. Actually not much but I worked my ass off in a company which eventually stopped paying me so I quit my job. Its been close to 9 months that I have not been working.

    You would think that since I am not working I would have lots of time to update my blog. No Siree No... I had to spend all my time doing nothing...

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    For the first 4 to 5 months, I actually took a break. I went back to my homeland of Kerala and spend couple of months with my parents. The last time I spend more than a month with my mom in the same house was like 15-16 years ago. And the four months was err.. hmmm.. interesting!! 

    Then I started my job search. I went through many stages of unemployment. From being confident like I can get any job I want.. Companies will be fighting for me to Do I even deserve to have a job? Am I even qualified for that position??  Now I'm in the phase of If its meant to be it will be.  I leave it to Karma..

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    Secretly, I actually enjoy being unemployed. I have lots of time to do nothing with no deadlines and no one breathing down my neck. I did a lot of things like reading 100 books in 2016, watching a lot of TV shows and travelling quite a bit..

    I'm actually bored of having no agenda and now want to get back in the grind. I have started my job hunt and its been very quiet. One or two calls and nothing much.  I tried explaining that to people and they don't seem to understand. "Ooo!! You have 10 years of exp, you should be easily able to find a job." Only I know the struggle is real. 

    I wish it was as simple as this..

    Anyhoo I promise to keep you all posted on what I did to keep myself occupied during my unemployment phase.