This weekend was perfect. Relaxing, peaceful, filled with good food. Please note picture on left of our lovely concoted feast of bhindi (ala Chef Kashif), greek salad, and... corn (well, it was on sale) for Friday's meal (we are quite innovative and international when hungry). I had a great reunion with Rio friends, watched Season 5: Curb Your Enthusiasm (funniest season so far) and Inside Man. I still don't quite get the Indian song "Chaya Chaya" played in its entirety at the open and close of the film considering the song evokes images more of a girl in red lengha with gold bangles dancing in a rice field not exactly a sophisticated bank robbery in New York City. But what I really liked about this movie was a scene involving a Sikh hostage thrown out during the seige with a message around his neck. The cops dont know if he is a hostage or a robber and when they get a good look at the south asian man with a beard and turban one says as though it explains everythin "Oh, its an Arab" The movie gives light to the Sikh man's frustration over being profiled daily. Thanks Spike Lee for talking about a race issue not commonly adressed (unless it is being exploited) in Hollywood.
It's fitting that the weekend was good because today as I looked at my calender it hit me: School starts next MONDAY. This is the last week of guilt free pleasure reading and movie watching. I'll choose to be positive about it since its my final year of law school. I will be a third year and though its not the third year most third years' have since I will be taking a heavy load (six courses and working) it will be my last year. Yay. (Though i admit the nerd in me is a wee bit sad about the matter making my mother concerned as I look at PhD pamphlets wistfully)
This summer I was quite excited at the prospect of reading for fun and not with a frown and yellow highlighter. The excitement led to the purchase of books. Lots of them. Kashif soon began rolling his eyes as he saw another unfamiliar book perched on a counter or a couch. I'm the type of reader that doesn't read one book at a time. I have one book at my nightstand, the other on a coffee table, one in my gym bag, one in my work bag, one in my purse. I read them all at the same time. The result: I have yet to finish one! Thought I'd share some of the books in the queue and see if any of you have read them, if so please do share your opinion:
Short History of Nearly Everything: It really does a good job in attempting its goal. I wanted a book like this to refresh on the history of the world and maybe learn a thing or ... or three. What a great book. Who woud think a science book and "hilarious read" would ever find their way into the same sentence. There is a reason this book was a best seller. However since its over 600 pages, and on my nightstand which is when I'm ready to doze off I haven't gotten through much.
The Spiral Staircase: Its Karen Armstrong's autobiography and its in the gym bag for stair master days. I'm not a big autobiography fan since they're usually just dramatic renditions of what their life truly is. Karen's book is not that way. She wrote a book on the same period in her life years ago but felt it was not honest enough and this new version is to make up. She writes well. Its smooth graceful and intriguing. I can see a lot of myself in her doubts and frustrations. I'm excited to see how she resolves these issues.
Single Wife: (fiction) Husband disappears and wife pretends nothing is wrong. This is in the work bag for when I bring lunch and don't feel like perusing legal research. It was at a used book store for $1... so I couldn't not buy it right? I'm 40 pages into it but her writing bothers me. I fear my writing style is like hers and its getting in the way of the story which I'm sure is interesting...
Kaavya's Opal Metha book: I bought this a while ago when I learned her book was pulled due to the plagiarism. I still haven't read it but I paid a pretty penny so I need to.
History of Muslim Philosophy: This is still on the bookshelf. My parents have had this my entire life but its large and daunting. The text is online but I like reading things without the bright white screen. Anyone read this cover to cover with opinions?