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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:25pm | IP Logged

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This is the space devoted to the exploits of the reading group, which was born because some random people (united in their love for reading and discussing things on the internet) stumbled upon each other. The mode of operation is simple: we short-list books, vote for our favourites, read the chosen one and then spend aeons discussing the characters, the themes, the incidents and whatever else that catches our fancy...

Remember to click on the "play" button to listen to a nice song as you read through the selection of books up for voting...


The reading group will shortly hold a vote on a book which we will discuss over the next days. The current top contenders are:
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - because a child's longing and yearning are precious.
  • Candide - because the human world is largely disutopian.
  • The Reader (Der Vorleser) - because human history is dark and provocative.
  • Three Cups of Tea - because we must hear out the message of love.
  • No One Loved Gorillas More - because all life is interrelated and it is not difficult to understand each other's language.
  • East of Eden - because the choice is always in one's own hands, and not in the inherited genes.
  • The Alchemist - because happiness is the result of a conspiracy of the Universe.
  • The Life of Pi - because we can choose the story we will believe.
  • A Long Way Down - because life is easy.
  • The Percy Jackson Series - because there is a hero in all of us .
The book chosen for the second round is A LONG WAY DOWN. The discussions for the book will be summarised in the final pages.

A pdf version of the book is available
(if you don't have the original book/don't intend to buy it).  The pdf file can be downloaded here (thank you Pinki for the link):

We'll be glad to welcome everybody on board, but please send a PM to one of the members to request an invitation. Currently we have many people on the list, but as the reading group settles, we'll try to adjust the head-count to a maximum of 15 people (so, those who don't participate, will be removed).

Currently WE include the following active readers:
  • Veritas
  • Axeion
  • Smitha80
  • Pinkisluv91 - the official link provider. Contact her for download links! Big smile
  • Ashrozia
  • RainbowWarrior
  • BluePandora
  • -Aladin- - the official post-collector! LOL
  • Nitz17
  • Desicrowd
  • Amyria
  • Immunoblot
The following members are inactive:
  • Cool_yv
  • Meena1
  • BigBella
And the following visitors who may/may not join us(?):
  • Sunandshine
  • Sweta01
  • MithiBani
  • Xserial_queenX


Edited by immunoblot - 31 March 2010 at 3:13pm

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Links to old threads:
The reading group-1:
 http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1345632

Edited by pinkisluv91 - 11 March 2010 at 5:12pm

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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:32pm | IP Logged
How old is this group and what all books have u discussed till date, so that I can update myself... I need to know my ancestral history... Tongue

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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:36pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by immunoblot

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@ Smita ji, Pinki: This is the convention. The person counting the votes etc., can't claim any victory... It'll be unfair...

Let us move to the new thread, because I'd like to summarize and record all our best posts here in the remaining pages! Big smile


But we said you could have it:)) That's not cool at all. Please use your award too.

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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:37pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by nitz17

How old is this group and what all books have u discussed till date, so that I can update myself... I need to know my ancestral history... Tongue

We are just one book old.
Parampara ..anushasan.. hamare do stambh hain.



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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:40pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by nitz17

How old is this group and what all books have u discussed till date, so that I can update myself... I need to know my ancestral history... Tongue

We are very young... We've just done the Alchemist, and you're in time for the second book: A LONG WAY DOWN... Big smile



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My first question for discussion is about political correctness. The book begins with a monologue by Martin, who explains his reasons for committing suicide; and likens it to going away to Sydney. He says: "Suicide was my Sydney. And I say that with no offence to the good people of Sydney intended."

A. Do you think, people of Sydney will be offended by such a statement. I think not! (Had it been, "Suicide was my new Delhi", I would not have sufficiently enraged.)
B. Does this seem like a routine approach that you'd follow... Say something, and then suggest that no offence was intended? Is this a universal trait, or is this something typically British (which is what the book stereotypes!)
C. Would a desi protagonist do the same (care about political correctness)?

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Posted: 11 March 2010 at 3:41pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Veritas

Originally posted by nitz17

How old is this group and what all books have u discussed till date, so that I can update myself... I need to know my ancestral history... Tongue

We are just one book old.
Parampara ..anushasan.. hamare do stambh hain.



ok... we are still in ice age then.... i can catch up soon

what about theesra stambh; Prathista???? Tongue


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