Sonya’s Picks for Rainy Weekend Reading

Independence Day weekend, and we’re off. To the gorgeous Verandah in the Forest, in Matheran. Where no cars are allowed . So we will be walking, many kilometers, in our raincoats , along the red mud of the railway track, to get to this atmospheric Parsi bungalow. With our rucksacks full of books. And games.
And now for our books : to be read in the hammocks in the garden, or in the easy chairs in the bungalow style running verandah. Along with tea ; masala chai for the spouse, Earl Grey for me.


A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson
Books for the kids, 8 years and 10 years : to be read, they have decreed, in the treehouse
Measle and the Wrathmonk by Ian Ogilvy
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman
Raven’s gate by Antony Horowitz
And for the 6 year old; she reads anywhere..
The Goblin’s toyshop and other stories by Enid Blyton
The adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton
What do you think of the list? What are your favorite holiday books?
Any recommendations?

8 Responses to “Sonya’s Picks for Rainy Weekend Reading”

  1. Sridhar Iyer says:

    No Harry Potter on the list? I have read and reread it a million times.. and I would say that it is equally enjoyable by both kids and adults (at 25, I’m unsure of what I am).

  2. Ritu Chandra says:

    Aha.. holiday reading, nothing better than a travelogue to fire up your imagination. Vicarious travelling, all in the comfort of your hammock :). The travelogue that has me mesmerised in the recent past is ‘A Journey Across Tibet’ by Sorell Wilby. It is the amazing journey of a lone woman across the breath of the tibetan plateau. She lives with the nomads, treks alone, sleeps under the stars and has absolutely mesmesrising experiences on the roof of the world! I can read the book another ten times.
    My recommendation for your Enid Blyton reading kids would be ‘Mountain of Adventure’..I loved that book as a kid.
    Enjoy your vacation!

  3. bhavesh b. chavda says:

    dear sir,shekhar kapurji,
    sub.:Regarding story writing of 3, best film.
    with reference to the above cited subject, it is to inform you that i am a writer of film story and having 3 best and excellent story at world leval. i would like to sale the said stories to your goodselves.
    if you will arrange a meeting with me regarding the said stories, so that the detailed conversation can take plase. i hereby assure you that the stories which i have written is better than film story of lucas &steven spilberg.
    the one line story is as under.
    (1) what are the limitation of our human being and will forget that there is our control over the earth.
    (2) one industrialist user scientific invention at his industy and when the rackets are busted of the said industrialist an what are the solution find by human being of the said problem. the said incident may take place on earth at any time. the said film story is really having realistic and thriller.
    (3) the third story is based on the international terrorism, problems created by two country’s politics, and solved by heroically and intelligently by two international lovers.
    to look more info the story, it essential to arrange a meeting with you. the said story is on the base of science frequence and our life and this could became a famous hit film.
    eagerly waiting to your response.
    yours faithfully,
    bhavesh b. chavda

  4. sonya says:

    Sridhar ; yes – Harry Potter did make it !
    Was smuggled by middle child, into the weekend trip rucksacks – in hard cover, all 700 pages plus of the Order of the Phoenix..we all love HP.
    Ritu : ‘Journey across Tibet’ sounds good – there’s always something fascinating about the Himalayas and Tibet , isn’t there ?

  5. Gaurav S. says:

    Sorry, I know this is off topic.
    (Bhavesh, If this is any consolation, I did count from 10 to 1.)
    ->
    Dear Sir Bhaveshji,
    With reference to your comments, it is to inform you that I am horribly thrilled (if such a state of mind exists) and it is my great honor and glory to the world with a lot of pleasure that I am excited to read your eye-popping comments/petition.
    Ever since my birth, Bhaveshji, I have been looking for ‘excellent stories of world level’ and nothing short of that. If, for any reason, Mr Kapur doesn’t buy your stories, I WILL.
    Reading the synopsis, of your 3 stories, was the most exciting occasion of my insignificant life.
    Please provide me with your contact details so that we can make the above said 3 hit films together.
    Thank You
    A great admirer of your work.
    ->
    (Sorry Mr. Kapur. I couldn’t stop myself.)

  6. Steve says:

    i’d recommend Masanbou Fukuoka’s “The One Straw Revolution”

  7. Chaitali says:

    Harry Potter…how can you not take Harry Potter?
    Hi God! This is Anna
    The Secret

  8. parul says:

    Tale of murasaki by Liza Dalby.
    A poetic experience.

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