Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tag Tag

Orey kallile rendu maangaa

Tag, the First

Space Bar asks whoever wants to to take up Swar's tag.


1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.


1. No Fuss Cooking - 100 recipes you can't go wrong with by Sheema & Jhampan Mookerjee.

This book seriously rocks. Sort of like a hard copy version of Cooking for Engineers. We've mastered the Ratnagiri fish curry, and the jhal sprouts thing. Very easy.

2. Right. Done. Thank god I picked a book that has a 123 pages. [Where have we heard this line before?]

3 & 4.

"Fry over high heat for 5-6 minutes till mutton turns brown. Add ginger and spice powders, and sauté for a minute. Stir in 2 tbsp curd."

In case you're wondering, this is from a rogan josh recipe.

5. Whoever wants to take this up. [Where have we heard this line before?]

Tag, the Second

Emma has got one and names us by name, so how to not respond?


The following is apparently a list of books, "most of them sitting unread in people's bookshelves to make them look smarter". The rules are: bold the ones that you have read, underline the ones you have read in school, italicize the ones you have started but didn't finish.

One doubt. School = high school and earlier, or in the American sense, college? We will assume former.

Our list is going to suck ass. But what the hell.

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2. Anna Karenina
3. Crime and Punishment
4. Catch-22
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude (I think!)
6. Wuthering Heights
7. The Silmarillion
8. Life of Pi: a novel
9. The Name of the Rose
10. Don Quixote
11. Moby Dick
12. Ulysses
13. Madame Bovary
14. The Odyssey
15. Pride and Prejudice
16. Jane Eyre
17. The Tale of Two Cities
18. The Brothers Karamazov
19. Guns, Germs and Steel
20. War and Peace
21. Vanity Fair
22. The Time Traveler's Wife
23. The Iliad
24. Emma
25. The Blind Assasin
26. The Kite Runner
27. Mrs. Dalloway
28. Great Expectations
29. American Gods
30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
31. Atlas Shrugged
32. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
33. Memoirs of a Geisha
34. Middlesex
35. Quicksilver
36. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
37. The Canterbury Tales
38. The Historian: A Novel
39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
40. Love in the Time of Cholera
41. Brave New World
42. The Fountainhead
43. Foucault's Pendulum
44. Middlemarch
45. Frankenstein
46. The Count of Monte Cristo
47. Dracula
48. A Clockwork Orange
49. Anansi Boys
50. The Once and Future King
51. The Grapes of Wrath
52. The Poisonwood Bible
53. 1984
54. Angels and Demons
55. Inferno
56. The Satanic Verses
57. Sense and Sensibility
58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
59. Mansfield Park
60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
61. To the Lighthouse
62. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
63. Oliver Twist
64. Gulliver's Travels
65. Les Miserables
66. The Correction
67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
69. Dune
70. The Prince
71. The Sound and the Fury
72. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
73. The God of Small Things
74. A People's History of the United States: 1492-present
75. Cryptonomicon
76. Neverwhere
77. A Confederacy of Dunces
78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
79. Dubliners
80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
81. Beloved
82. Slaughter House- five
83. The Scarlett Letter
84. Eats, Shoots and Leaves
85. The Mists of Avalon
86. Oryx and Crake
87. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
88. Cloud Atlas
89. The Confusion
90. Lolita
91. Persuasion
92. Northanger Abbey
93. The Catcher in the Rye
94. On the Road
95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
96. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Enquiry into Values
98. The Aeneid
99. Watership Down
100. Gravity's Rainbow
101. The Hobbit
102. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
103. White Teeth
104. Treasure Island
105. David Copperfield
106. The Three Musketeers

Also, abridged stuff read in school didn't count.

There's an obscene amount of Jane Austen in the list, also Thomas Hardy, Dumas, no Richard Dawkins/Daniel Dennett. It's a very odd list. Please don't judge me by it.

We pass this on to "Whoever wants to take this up." [Where have we heard this line before?]

This Just In: This is turning out to be one superbly popular pair of tags for some reason. So far, the following unfortunates have succumbed to the charm:

Srinivasan Balasubramaniam Thirugnanasambandamoorthi
Kenny has promises to keep, and miles to go before she sleeps
Imam Waspsoro has finished with the saga of Subtle Subramanian and spread the tag

Watch zis ispace.


Opaline said...

Jhampan Mookerjee!! Hahahahahahaha!!!


Ok. Hehe.

Doing the second tag.

Nisha Pillai said...

And I chose today to find out which Jedi watches the polytopic blog.

I shall do the first one, because this is going to be fun.

If time permits, second shall also be done.

Ludwig said...

[srini] yes, i thought that might draw a guffaw or two. wasn't expecting the wholesale infinite hahahaha.... i thought you might only have issues with the tomato pappus of the world, but looks like your own clan isn't spared.

[nisha] wilkommen and all that. yes, we do watch it with great interest. young Thos. will reveal all about us. young Iyer and young D'Mello may also be up to it, but we've been more in touch with young Thos.

Opaline said...

Tsk TP, how utterly vile of you to think that. Bongs have the funniest names. I have a pretty ridiculous nickname myself.

Emma said...

Thanks... No, we don't judge you by the list; a lot of books on the list don't make sense to us either. And we seem to have read a lot more, only thanks to that degree in literature.
Yes, too much of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy - you see, one was talking about "smart" people of the world; by extrapolation that only means those who have read, revered Jane Austen to the hilt :). Tch, tch... you don't fall into the category!

A lot of books you have started but not finished. Warum, frage ich mich.

kbpm said...

hokay, strange list. we wont judge you by it but we will throw the books you have NOT read back at you at times. let me do the tag too, strange as it is.

aandthirtyeights said...

Ludwig, you haven't read "The Prince"? I'm proud of you. Peer pressure forced me into reading that one! After a point, everyone around me started asking, "Dude, you haven't read 'The Prince'? Man, you even studied political science in college!" And I can tell you I was happier before I read the book...

I'm doing both tags. The second one seems particularly random!

Space Bar said...

Wait. So this is how you've been spending your time - gazing wistfully at bookshelves - when you coulda been writing that thing I asked for *weeks* ago?

ywahuye: injun curse of great potency. beware!

Nisha Pillai said...

"Young" Iyer has filled us in a bit. Says you're "unlikely". Which is much coming from himself. Therefore, we look forward to meeting you some day.

Ludwig said...

[srini] do share. we are all ears.

is it gogol? or googol? maybe google? the possibilities are ticklishly endless.

[emma] yes, it's a very odd list. some of it is from grandfather's bookshelf, some from yours :PP

> Warum, frage ich mich.

it is what it is. utter laziness and scatterbrained desultoriness.

[kenny] knew we could count on you to not be judgemental. maintain a studious and academic distance.

[aandthirtyeights] having disposed off with mr. subramaniam, i suppose you have all the time in the world. we wait with bated breath. btw, we are currently lurking in your part of the world.

[space bar] aaaa. guilty as charged. owe you big time. owe myself big mangoes. crapola only. back in town on 12th for a bit. and that writing assignment mayhap get done in the interim. no commitments, unfortunately.

[nisha] i bet young iyer has been slandering us l., right and c. i'm unlikely? you should really have listened to young Thos. or, for that matter, old Father Abraham who infests my fair land at the moment, but hasn't been caught sight of in aeons. congrats on the tag. may it propagate...

Nisha Pillai said...

Telling. Young Thos. I've been listening to since high school. And you thought you had problems?

aandthirtyeights said...

Oh! If you have time to chill in our part of the world, call me (9916448000). In any case, I'll be in your part of the world later this week...

Opaline said...

Gogol is a MAN'S name. It is Tuputi. *mortification*

Fëanor said...
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Ludwig said...


> And you thought you had problems?


> It is Tuputi.

Tuputi!! Hahahahahahaha!!!


Ok. Hehe.

kbpm said...

fine mr sarcastic i have done the tag. and maintained academic dignity by talking about PMS.

Nisha Pillai said...
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S. said...

It is a strange list - but brownie points to them for trying to include new stuff + specfic (I can't remember when I've last seen Jonathan Strange and Cloud Atlas on a mainstream list). Angels and Demons... really??!? :-p And is "Historian" the Elsa Morante book? That's probably way too offbeat for people to show off no?