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Friday, August 25, 2006


Lalitha book-tagged me. So hear goes the tag.


World Atlas: When I was 7, I made a sexist comment on my cousin. She hit me with a hard-bound world atlas so hard that till now I never made a sexist comment again, even as a joke.

But, seriously:

Games People Play by Eric Berne: After reading this book I started looking at people, situations and conversations differently.

The manual for our Microwave oven: I read it 50 times and I still can't figure out how to set the time on it!

But, seriously:
Stephen Jay Gould's Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes (mostly because I didn't understand it the first time). It's a mesmerizing book with juicy facts about theory of evolution.

Survive on a Desert Island: Of course :)

Playboy: Not only do you find pseudo-intellectual interviews of women with enough silicone in them to be qualified by FAA as a flotation device but you also find ironic quizzes such as “Are you completely truthful in your relationship” knowing very well that half the demographic that reads Playboy never admits to reading it.

But, seriously:
Code of Woosters by P.G.Woodhouse: It not only made me laugh uncontrollably until tears trickled down my cheeks but also amused people around me immensely because I was reading the book on a crowded train in India.

Check book, after my wife went out shopping with it.

American Constitution: I would have made it unconstitutional for anybody of Dubya’s IQ to be the president.

But, seriously:
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens: The mastery over language and the subtle but scathing sarcasm always made me wish I could write like that.

Kama Sutra: Because of that incoherent book, now every time I meet a dimwit who goes, “Ohhh India, the land of Kama Sutra” I have to explain that Kama Sutra is a piece of junk with laughable content. India produced much better things than that. 90% of Indians never read Kama Sutra. The only interesting things in the book are the photographs of the white people doing it circus-style.

Children's Story books: What else would any parent of young kid read every day?

But, seriously:
Echo Heron's Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse: It's an autobiography of a nurse and about the tales of the Emergency Room. Must read for any sucker for medical stories.

My wife's diary: I hear there is a lot of interesting stuff about me in there.

But, seriously:Michael Crichton's State of Fear: I am a fan of Michael Crichton. Haven't gotten around to reading this on yet.

I tag:
If you are not tagged here, don't celebrate yet. I have more tags coming.

The following people are also tagged:


  • wow..neat list......

    By Blogger Varsha, at Fri Aug 25, 03:00:00 AM 2006  

  • "women with enough silicon in them to be qualified by FAA as a flotation device" HAHAHA..... Hilarious.
    Your wife's diary, which apparently has a lot of good stuff about you, also seems to have a lot of the good stuff crossed out. Have you been naughty??
    Will do the tag, but it's gonna take some time to round up all those books!

    By Blogger video, at Fri Aug 25, 04:29:00 AM 2006  

  • Pickwick papers.... superbly written.. can second u there...

    Well.. checkbooks make my hubby cry too.. am an what he calls an "expensive investment" :)

    Love Crichton's "Lost world" the best.. love his theory of evolution (the first chapter)

    Others in my list are:
    I love Archer's short stories, I still read archies, asterix and tintin.... have to admit am waiting for the last Harry Potter.... and I hate going thru fashion magazines (makes me feel inadequate)

    ANd most importantly... I love this post of urz!

    By Blogger Aparna, at Fri Aug 25, 05:53:00 AM 2006  

  • Great tag very Funny! Its really hard to hold on your readers as people always expect two things from a narration at all times: 1) the content that can be very interesting or good enough to hold back or 2) the humour that is so great that people love to read more

    Your writing have it as 2) and 1) in the ratio of 60:40 Keep that up! :)

    By Blogger indianangel, at Fri Aug 25, 06:01:00 AM 2006  

  • Great list!!! Especially the one that makes you cry...

    The one that makes me cry is: The Little Golden Book compilation...

    If I have to read the "Poky Little Puppy" one more time....

    (I haven't thought of what I'll do just'll come to me)

    By Blogger Mary Poppins, at Fri Aug 25, 08:42:00 AM 2006  

  • This IS a great post! Every single one of your "tongue-in-cheek" picks cracked me up!

    On the Games People Play note, I like one called Reading People, by Joe-Ellan Dimitrius and Mark Mazzarella. (Subtitle: How to understand people and predict their behavior, anytime, anyplace" a science actually used by jury selectors.

    By Blogger gnightgirl, at Fri Aug 25, 09:55:00 AM 2006  

  • hey...thanks for the tag...i just got 3 book tags...all in a neat row! lol!
    will do them soon...not in a row!
    the checkbook part cracked me up...
    by the way, which story book is your child's favorite? The kids I work with are currently hooked onto Goldilocks!

    By Anonymous Dilnavaz, at Fri Aug 25, 11:17:00 AM 2006  

  • I liked what you did with that! Fun!

    By Blogger Jamie, at Fri Aug 25, 01:56:00 PM 2006  

  • hey twisted dna thanks for checking out my blog. interesting post. i like your sense of humor.

    By Anonymous dhaval, at Fri Aug 25, 04:07:00 PM 2006  

  • Very neat list TD! :)
    white people doing it circus-style. ROFL!

    By Blogger Anu, at Fri Aug 25, 06:49:00 PM 2006  

  • Hi.. You're tagged.. again!! So go to my blog and honour the tag.. and don't worry this one has no prying questions about u.. :-)

    By Blogger How do we know, at Fri Aug 25, 11:44:00 PM 2006  

  • Nice...I like it.

    By Blogger La vida Loca, at Sat Aug 26, 07:39:00 AM 2006  

  • Thaz a wonderful tag!!!!
    I agree how many have ever read KS book rather laughing at PB.
    Games ppl' play is my favo' too.

    By Blogger priya, at Sat Aug 26, 07:42:00 AM 2006  

  • Love your list, and just when I was looking for something new to read :)

    By Blogger The Agony Aunt, at Sat Aug 26, 08:22:00 AM 2006  

  • Ive read the harry potter series more than once, more then 10 times i think.
    Books that make me cry are written by Daniel steel,( not because they are sad ).
    Book i wish which was never written is, lord of the flies by William Golding.
    actually make it, ' book i wish William could better '! he really needs to better it, otherwise the book has a very good moral.

    By Blogger Nida, at Sat Aug 26, 10:18:00 AM 2006  

  • was reading state of fear till the OA came along making sad faces. Proof of my love for him that for the first time in my life I stopped reading a book halfway and gave it to him because he only gets weekends to read on. just saw him fast asleep with it open on his face. damn, could have kicked him!

    By Blogger the mad momma, at Sun Aug 27, 04:46:00 AM 2006  

  • You made this such an interesting and humerous post. loved it. you truly have such a good sense of humor and know how to put it in writing. thats the hard part. I think the check book makes my husband cry also.Its so true about the silicone stuff. especially living in california..its all around you.

    By Blogger starry nights, at Sun Aug 27, 04:59:00 PM 2006  

  • Hey...even I have the disney story book collection!Though I dont read it myself....hubby dear reads the stories to me..but isnt it awesome!

    By Blogger Ekta, at Sun Aug 27, 07:30:00 PM 2006  

  • LMAO!! Love the comentary on Playboy. Sooo true.

    By Blogger Liz, at Sun Aug 27, 08:24:00 PM 2006  

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    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Sun Aug 27, 10:39:00 PM 2006  

  • Hey even I have a copy of the Atlas and love it...its an awesome book!

    By Anonymous anand, at Sun Aug 27, 11:18:00 PM 2006  

  • varsha, anu, la vida loca, liz:
    Thanks guys.

    I think the crossed out parts are the things I told her before marriage ;)

    You have a pretty nice list too. You are also added to the tag :)

    That's so nice of you :)

    mary poppins:
    Haha! Ya, those stories do get on your nerves after 100th time

    Didn't read that one! Sounds quite interesting though

    Actually, I don't read many story books for him. I make up stories as I go based on what current favorite words are. For example, one day we have a tree that have jam fruit and bread leaves and other day we have streams of milk. He loves these customized stories :)

    how do we know:
    I did that one in your comments.

    the agony aunt:
    Glad to be of service. Will do my best to provide more/better stuff :)

    You have a pretty good list too. Consider yourself added to the tag.

    the mad momma:
    Haha. Now I realize that my wife and I having complete differnt tastes in books is actually goood thing

    starry nights:
    I have to thank you for the tag. Ya, siliconne is all around you. I have a friend who claims he can exactly who are read and who are silicone but there is no way to find out how good his skill is :)

    You and my son would be very good friends ;)

    I think you mistook my first book mention for "Atlas Shrugged." From the name of your blog, I already know you loved Atlas Shrugged :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Mon Aug 28, 01:48:00 AM 2006  

  • mention of Harry Potter! U just went off my favorite blogger list. Hmmmmph.

    By Blogger freespirit, at Mon Aug 28, 02:32:00 AM 2006  

  • state of fear.....not worth it!!
    turned out to be a major disappointment!! :(

    By Anonymous nithya, at Mon Aug 28, 09:03:00 AM 2006  

  • Hi! Actually, am not schizophrenic about my privacy.. just think that people should not be bored with my Bio D details!!

    By Blogger How do we know, at Mon Aug 28, 02:18:00 PM 2006  

  • ** after my wife went out shopping with it.


    U know ppl r so obsessed with the Kama Sutra over here...they even give it as wedding presents lol!


    By Blogger Keshi, at Mon Aug 28, 05:55:00 PM 2006  

  • hahaha this is a great post .. nice that you bring up childhood memories (atlas)

    By Blogger Nabeel, at Mon Aug 28, 07:24:00 PM 2006  

  • LOL on Playboy & true ..

    By Blogger Shankari, at Mon Aug 28, 09:03:00 PM 2006  

  • freespirit:
    Damn. Now I will have to invent a Harry Potter tag just to get back on your favorite blogger list

    Hmm.. Michael Crichton did deliver some lemons. I hated Prey. I hope it won't turn out to be like that

    how do we know:
    Haha. That's my reason for not talking about myself too

    Kama Sutra as a wedding gift? It might work in countries like Australia. Not in India though :) Imagine this conversation in India, "Honey, you never had sex. I never had sex. Why don't we start with this snake-mongoose position?"

    Ya, we all remember our childhood traumatic experiences, don't we ;)

    Thanks :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Tue Aug 29, 12:41:00 AM 2006  

  • Hi...Loved your post..its too good have a great sense of humour

    By Blogger dumbdodi, at Tue Aug 29, 05:18:00 AM 2006  

  • **Why don't we start with this snake-mongoose position?"

    hahahahahahahaha I cant stop laughing!!!


    By Blogger Keshi, at Tue Aug 29, 08:12:00 PM 2006  

  • V.well written,. As i am not into serious reading, the books that u have mentioned on a serious note have nt been read by me.

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    By Blogger chitra, at Wed Aug 30, 09:08:00 PM 2006  

  • that was nicely done!

    i have to say : yes, games people play changed my perspective as well, quite a bit.

    And PG Wodehouse was(is) one of my favorite writers, I thnk I've probably read all of them. Jeeves and Wooster are my favorite characters. The others I liked are Quick Service and Pigs have Wings

    And I read them when Im alone, for the same reason :)

    By Blogger Tarini, at Sun Sep 03, 03:31:00 PM 2006  

  • dumbdodi:
    Thank you very much. I don't know much about sense of humor, I just write that makes me laugh :)

    You should read the book, it's funnier :D

    Thanks for returning the favor :) Glad you enjoyed reading it

    I read most of them too. Pigs have Wings is pretty good, I think it waas that PSmith series.
    Thanks for dropping by!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Sep 06, 08:44:00 AM 2006  

  • hey, of all the books listed here, my fav is eric Berne's -the games people play. my all time fav and i am a stickler with TA. being a hr student and later with psycho, i have always found the theories very useful.

    By Blogger dharmu, at Thu Sep 07, 02:17:00 PM 2006  

  • dharmu:
    Yep, TA does put a lot of conversations into perspective!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Sep 08, 01:30:00 PM 2006  

  • hey..i just happened to pass by..have read timeline and i too am a huge fan of chricton...but liked his "the terminal man " better :) happy reading..

    By Blogger Di, at Sun Sep 10, 12:06:00 AM 2006  

  • TD, come work for me! My kids would love to hear about jam fruit trees with bread leaves! :-)

    By Anonymous OrangeJammies, at Sat Sep 16, 05:18:00 AM 2006  

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