Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Sunday morning mixed bag

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." - the opening lines in Pride & Prejudice that have a "fame life" of their own. I discovered yesterday that Jane Austen did not even write these lines! Oh you nosy Cassandra!

Po Bronson's Grotto caught my fancy sometime ago but I never got a chance to mention it. It is somewhat a working chummery. I like this idea because it changes the fact the working on your own means working alone. Disparate groups can motivate and nurture independent workers. Interesting.

Salinger's Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is my favorite among his works. I really admired the style of writing in Raise High... and here is why. Franny & Zooey ranks a close second. Catcher in the Rye was never my number one probably because I do not relate to the angst of the growing male having never had an inkling of it myself!

Open Writing looks worthy of some surfing.

A quick run through of Chennai's restaurants - pretty good list of the better ones (this list for Vimal).

13 comments:

kvman said...

Some parts of The Catcher in the Rye maybe be about angst of a growing up male. But mostly I thought it was a nice satire about how society doesn't like anything out of the ordinary. Towards the end I was really thinking whether it is Holden who is becoming insane or is it the society that is becoming mad because of the phoniness and pointlessness of existence.

I haven't read the other works you have listed. I should get hold of them soon.

Echo/Lavanya said...

Manjunath - ever wondered why The Catcher in the Rye was a common favorite among a lot of murderers? And I vaguely remember reading that one of the murderers (was it the guy who killed Lennon?) actually played out his last evening doing the things that Holden does in this book. Hmm...

The other works I mentioned all feature the Glass family which is pretty extraordinary in its own way. Do read them when you get a chance.

vimal said...

L^2...your blog is getting too intelligent for me :(

hmmm...I wonder why my intelligence is so low. hmmmm.

Clouds everything, on a hot sunday afternoon, the dark side of some good European beer .
Meditate on this, I will.

Echo/Lavanya said...

Oh My God Vimal :)

I can't see what's "too intelligent" about it. It was merely some disconnected statements. Anyways - I shall happily interpret it as a compliment!

Phoenix said...

Well, fortune and women ( wife)
are interestingly interchangeable:-))..sometimes "miss" fortune
can be little misfortune..

"A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife"

"A good wife is fortunate to a man, especially if she is poor"


"I have a wife, I have sons; all these hostages have I given to fortune"


"He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief."


"Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away."


"People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world."

vimal said...

hmmmm...after seeing the first picture, people eating what looks like 'a full meals', in banana leaf...Iam homesick :(

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VJ said...

Echo - Looks like these are some hify books! Vimal - lets silently listen to whatever Manzu and Echo have to say!

Echo - Chennai restaurant list was really kewl and mouth watering when reading the specialities! Would you also be taking us to a couple of these places? ;-) Just wish there was one such restaurant in Buffalo!

Phoenix - Are you writing this with experience!?!? ;-) It was fun to read it!

Echo/Lavanya said...

Hey VJ - Chennai does have some really good restaurants and it is opening up very well to International Cuisine. So when are you visiting me next? :)

Vimal - stop by in Chennai the next time you are in India. I promise a neat banana leaf meal.

Phoenix - I have no clue what you are talking about :( What is the context of your comment and my post? I am totally confused!

tilotamma said...

Hmmm... I am such a foodie and I have been to onnly one or two places on the list!

Echo/Lavanya said...

I am a little sore that the restaurant list completely omitted Mainland China and Tandoor (both restaurants in Hotel Aruna on Sterling Rd). If one goes by the waiting time in these restaurants then one can definitely call them popular. The food tastes awesome too.

I wonder why Cascade did not make the list. And I am rather partial to The Crown in Residency Towers for the view (food is okay) and the Mainstreet, again in Residency Towers, for the nice ambience as well as the food.

Phoenix said...

Hey VJ - I am not writing this
with experience and all..Hmm
may be with experience,it would
be more fun and spicy to read..

Echo: This is not relevant
to u'r post..probably u can consider this as seperate blog.

vimal said...

L^2, I didn't know you can cook :)

So what do you cook that is awesome?

Sure, I will stop by to have a banana leaf meal.

Man, Iam all excited.