A Fictional Existence


#UnemploymentDiaries – The First Ten Days

My husband claims being unemployed is making me a happier person #‎UnemploymentDiaries‬ Day 1 – 1st June 2015: slept in late, vegetated on the couch watching TV i.e. like any … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Husband’s Box

Here I was, totally lost about what to get le husband for the dreaded anticipated Valentine’s Day (I know I know but it is our first commercially-celebrated-holiday-of-love since we got … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

So I Hacked a Book …

…. no, not into pieces. I grew up with Tanith Lee’s Prince on a White Horse. It is a beloved book. I bought it in the stock-shedding sale of my … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Social Butterfly & The Hermit Crab

My husband casually proclaimed the other day: “I have eaten at four hundred different places in Karachi” me: “Is that four hundred locations or unique names?” him: “four hundred unique names, so if … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cleaning out my Bookshelf

Folks I’m getting rid of some books that I don’t quite recall acquiring. I am running out of shelf space and need to start prioritising what I want to buy … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Playing to Your Strengths?

They say it takes ten years to become an expert at something, granted the number of hours required to become a master something depends on the complexity, say neurosurgery vs. … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

[#EclecticReader at @bookdout] 12. Published in 2013 — The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The anticipated Ramadan reset did not happen. I had underestimated the power of sleep deprivation and of work to spiral out of control. I finished Steven Erikson’s Deadhouse Gates (review should … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

[#EclecticReader at @bookdout] 10. Action Adventure — Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson

What a beast of a book. The writer claims to throw the reader into the deep end and that is exactly what he has done. It is not an easy … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ramadan & Post Posterous Reincarnation

Ramadan might mean some test of patience and a lot of sleep deprivation but shortened work hours (currently operating on 9am-3pm) is a godsend, quite literally. It can be a … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

[#EclecticReader at @bookdout] 1. Translated Fiction — The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Joie De Vivre, if you had to define this book in one word, or rather phrase it would be Joie De Vivre. This book is a riot! and I don’t give 5-stars easily, but this book gets it. you can’t write about it without giving things away (a few spoilers…

March 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

[#EclecticReader at @bookdout] 2. Historical Mystery — The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

Cover Image via Goodreads A book I picked up randomly while browsing the neighbourhood library shelves, it turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. There’s something about Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and J.T. Field…

February 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

[#EclecticReader at @bookdout] 8. Memoir — The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

About a month since signing up for the challenge (read about it here) and we are already making progress. Excellent! Though some categories will obviously be harder than others, I’ve started with the unlikely category of Memoir, picking up Marjane…

February 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

The 2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge hosted by @bookdout

I came across Shelly Rae (@bookdout) randomly in December 2012 while I was either looking for a book or a review online. She lives in Australia and easily reads around 250 books a year! I was gob-smacked, to say the least. At the same time an enti…

February 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

The 2013 Reading Challenge is a Go!

Here we go again 🙂 how the time flies! Sticking with the elegant multiples principle of the year past, aiming for four books a month so that’s forty eight for 2013. Don’t think I can squeeze in anymore, but we’ll see. Keep a track of my progress,…

January 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

15,000 and more …

Last day of the year and for all intents and purposes, last post of the year, and I’ve managed my 15,000 pages; that’s 40 books, 4 more than my reading challenge. yay! So here is what I’ve been reading recently, with some thoughts: Wizard and Glas…

December 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Reading Challenge is Vanquished …

… with oh about two weeks to spare. I last wrote about it on November 3rd here, and I’ve managed to read the last six pretty much as planned, though I do admit I cheated a little and substituted Lolita with The Giver, which is one of the January…

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment


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November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Kill a Reading Challenge

I finished The Drawing of the Three today, the second book in the eight part The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While the first book The Gunslinger was a bit random and dragging in parts, this one brings the story together and lays down the fo…

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Reading Vacation – Day 7

So yesterday was the last day of my vacation, boo! Woke up after 11am as usual, had breakfast while catching up on work (boo!) , drove mum to Bur Dubai, came back to Mall of the Emirates, and I, as usual, ended up at the library, returning the boo…

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Reading Vacation – Day 6

dum dum dum … yes I am still sick and woke up at 11am (again). Was supposed to go with Faisal and Shruti for a photo/food trip to Fujairah but cancelled (again). Spent the day wrapped in a blanket on the couch, stuffing my face with copious amou…

October 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

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