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The curious incident of the dog in the night time – Review and Some Cricket

October 25, 2009

This is the book I have bought in the recently held discount sales of Landmark. As I have already said, the only time I have seen it is, in the book shop only. So, how it turned out?? Its really nice. I can say its really poetic and one of a kind experience.

Plot:

Christopher Boone was a 15-year old boy lives in Swindon(UK) who investigates on who killed the dog Wellington which was in Mrs.Shears home. In the process of investigation he finds some shocking truths which affects him so much makes him to flee to London. So what made him to move out of his home to London? Find out.

In this book, author sees the world through the eyes of a 15-year old Christopher Boone who is somewhat special, he loves the things to be in a orderly way, can’t recognize the expression of the people or the phrases because he likes to see and remember the things as it is, never says or accepts a lie, afraid of strangers and new places, very much interested in Maths and Science and love to become an astronaut. The other prominent characters in this book are Ed Boone(Christopher’s father), Siobhan(Christopher’s teacher and friend), Jude Boone(Christopher’s Mother), Toby(Christopher’s pet rat), Mrs.Shears,  Mrs.Alexander and Mr.Shears.

My View:

You could have ask me whats the story it is, which is not even goes beyond 4 lines, all I can say is, it has some more but it will be revealing the entire story which may make you to lose the interest in reading the book. But this book’s specialty of this book is how Christopher behaves to each ordinary situations we face in our ordinary life. Actually I have categorized him as a special child but couldn’t classify exactly but when reading wiki it termed his condition as ‘Asperger Syndrome‘. Its really refreshing to read about his fears and behaviour and I am sure not many novels will be in this category. Even though there are many first person narrations this one is special.

So if anybody wants to read a different book, whose subject is light and interesting, you can pick this up for sure.

My Rating: 4/5

Indo-Aussies Series: A quick update:

India and Australia one-day Cricket series is going to begin today. Australians have arrived with form and pride to stamp their authority in the short version of the game against one of the best team in the world. India will try to prove they are tough nut to crack. Australia’s bowling favours them with Brett Lee firing on all cylinders after his comeback. He who was wonderfully supported by Mitchell Johnson and Siddle. Their batting lacks the same kind of strength with Ponting was the man to look out for, again. Their line up is highly inexperienced with Clarke too sitting out due to injury.

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India is  a different side when Sehwag opens the innings and Yuvraj comes to the middle order. I have seen Sehwag in this Champions league, he is amazing. He is fit and thrashing the bowlers to all parts of the ground. To me, if he continues this kind of form and doesn’t gets out in early overs Australians will pay dearly because pitch or conditions or bowler are immaterial to him. Sachin is still showing that he is best in business, with Gambhir there to keep ticking the scoreboard, Dhoni to play a sheet anchor role and Yuvraj to explode this Indian Batting line up is threatening.

But Indian bowling is as thin as it can get. With everybody out of form, Dhoni must pull every possible tactics out of his hat to manage the overs and contain the Australians. Munaf, Nehra and Amit Mishra will be the key bowlers, I guess. Indian selectors must give chance to Pragyan Ojha. He is a great bowler in short version of the game.

My prediction: If 3 of the Indian bowlers clicks, Series 5-2 in favour of India else 4-3 in favour of Australia.

PS1: I have started this cricket thing as a post script but I have written a half the post on it 😐

PS2: I have bought two of the epics Lord of the Rings and Mahabharata last week, which I have wanted for a long time.

Updates:

Seen the Avatar trailer last week, it is just amazing. Seems to be James Cameroon going to hit the bulls eye again. I am eagerly waiting for the movie. Watch and Enjoy it’s trailer.

But don’t know whats happening in Chennai…. no good English movies are releasing these days 😦 Inglorious Bastards, District 9 are yet to be screened and last critics hit film screened here was ‘The Hangover’.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2009 9:07 am

    nice to know u enjoyed the book 🙂 i had liked it myself when i read it!

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 its really a cool book 🙂

    wow! avatar trailer is like outta the world. is it a futuristic world or is it just sci-fi? either ways, i m gonna watch out for it!

    kanagu: Its like another world where both aliens and humans were co-existing, I guess…

  2. October 25, 2009 2:33 pm

    Damn…Yuvraj is not playing the opening game … 😦

    Still I would go with 4-3 India … 😀

    kanagu: I am still with 5-2 😀

  3. October 25, 2009 4:47 pm

    I doubt whether u should mention torrents and pirate bay at your blog. U must be aware of the case.

    kanagu: Thanks Reema… I have removed them… and when I checked thru google.. I couldn’t get the clear picture of it 😦

  4. Swaram permalink
    October 25, 2009 8:36 pm

    Oh u njoyed the book! 4/5 – gotta check out! I hv nt read that book 🙂
    Mahabharatha ws part of our syllabus @ school 🙂 Hope u njoy reading thru!

    kanagu: Try to pick it up by sometime Swaram.. you will enjoy it 🙂

    Some gr8 predictions there Kanagu .. 5-2 in favour of India – Amen!

    kanagu: hope it comes true 🙂 🙂

  5. October 25, 2009 9:17 pm

    Match is gone! The trailer of Avatar seems interesting. Book reading has come down. But keep note of good movies, have done it, thank you, Kanagu!

    kanagu: we won the second one 😀 you are always welcome 🙂

  6. October 25, 2009 11:24 pm

    Your book review is very interesting! I will try to get the book if I can- I would love to read it. 🙂

    kanagu: Its really a simple and enjoyable book 🙂

  7. October 25, 2009 11:53 pm

    Hmmm…the review sound interesting and “curious” enough to make ppl read!

    Ive heard about this book but did not pay much heed then.

    kanagu: if you get it… give it a read Ekta… you may enjoy it 🙂

    Cricket to mere upar se jaata hai:)

    kanagu: he he he 🙂

  8. October 26, 2009 9:15 am

    So many books u read thambi,lucky u.Me liked the review.Will see if i can get this book 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks akka.. 🙂 🙂

  9. October 26, 2009 12:33 pm

    Gosh..sad state of affairs with the release of English movies.

    kanagu: 😦 😦 but this week Inglourious Baterds and This is it are releasing and I am going for both the movies today 😀 😀

    Out here in Dubai, movies are released as per global releases dates. I saw ‘District 9’ three weeks back. It is quite a path breaking movie. Disturbing. Not for the faint hearted.

    kanagu: Here too released like that only but these days only kids movies are releasing 😦

    Btw, the title of that book is so bloody hilarious!! 😀
    kanagu: 😀 😀

    About the series, it is going to be a close fought one. Just like last night’s game. So lets see who gets the better of whom.

    kanagu: Yeah… but India will win for sure… they are losing players due to injuries

  10. October 26, 2009 1:29 pm

    4/5??? Thats a good one… lemme see when can i read it! 🙂

    kanagu: read it soon Sakhi 🙂

  11. October 26, 2009 3:06 pm

    4/5..must be a good book..will try tor ead if possible..
    Presently reading 2states by chethan baghat.
    India lost 1st match 😦

    kanagu: Hope you will like it Mystery 🙂

    and India bounced back 😀 😀

  12. October 26, 2009 3:17 pm

    although we lost yesterday… I still predict a 5-2 victory for India !!!! 😀 😀

    and we will do it.. !! 😀

    kanagu: Surely bhai 😀 😀

    • October 26, 2009 3:17 pm

      never mind the books… not for me.. !!

      and even I am waiting for this move Avatar… ! 😀

      kanagu: 😀 😀

  13. October 26, 2009 5:27 pm

    I think I will read this book asap…
    thank you for sharing the plot 😦

    hopped in from Shruthi’s blog….

    kanagu: Welcome here RSV… 🙂 🙂
    I have said very little thing from the plot RSV. so never worry…

  14. October 26, 2009 8:20 pm

    Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, aged 36 and 34 respectively, have rejuvenated themselves enough to be back at the top of their games, in different ways. Not that the dips were long, but there have been stifled, sporadic calls for them to quit at least one form of the game, if not both. For players who have played so well for so long, motivation is not likely to be an issue, but it is also conspicuous they now derive joy from different aspects of their games.

    Tendulkar has been remarkable for not living in denial. He realised long before the rest of the world did that he needed to change his game. He respected age. He stopped making jaws drop, and instead began to appeal to the wise heads that will admire a swallowed ego and a more complete batsman. For about a couple of years we found it hard to reconcile the consciously cautious man of this decade with the terror that bowlers knew in the one before. As with all rediscoveries, this took some time, and once the new Tendulkar started scoring consistently again, we began to marvel. Genius had worked, and we didn’t even realise.

    Since the start of the year 2008, Tendulkar has averaged 47.05 (career average 44.48) and struck at 90.22 per 100 balls (career strike-rate 85.74). That he has played just 23 matches over the period shows he has picked and chosen. It’s a conscious effort to stay fit and ready till the 2011 World Cup, something that can’t be easy for a man who has played through pain for most of his career. But he wants another shot at the World Cup, missing which might cause him more mental pain than the physical pain he has endured. And when it comes to the next biggest challenge, playing Ponting’s men, it is natural he play.

    Australia, though, don’t evoke the awe they used to or the aura they used to carry. Ponting’s has been a bittersweet experience of captaining the side: two Ashes losses in themselves would have been reason enough for capital punishment for an Australian captain in an era gone by. A first-round exit in the 2009 World Twenty20 goes with it. But Ponting and the Australian board realise that perhaps their team has to spend time rediscovering itself, much like Tendulkar has done with his game. It shows in how they don’t talk big before the big series; winning has become the new talking.

    Although Ponting may not figure in the list of greatest captains from Australia, his team, like Tendulkar’s game, has maintained a certain level of efficiency. But Ponting needed to do more than chew nails, spit in his hands, look frustrated on the field and get frustrated on the field, and that need to express himself has manifested itself best in his batting. It is remarkable that captaining a side that has fallen from the lofty Australian standards of years gone by has not had any conspicuous effect on his batting. Perhaps it has contributed to him taking it a notch higher. The batting crease is the only place he can carry his brashness to. Frankly, what would the best hooker and puller in the world be without that last ounce of brashness?

    Can Ponting bring that quality to a country that hasn’t been kind to his batting, with the added burden of leading an inexperienced line-up? For once he will get to put himself in Tendulkar’s shoes. In the 46 ODIs that these men have played against each other, Ponting has been on the winning side 28 times. In those 28 games, his average has risen from a career 43.16 to 52.6, an expected variation. But in the 15 games that Tendulkar has won, he has had to raise his game to an extent where his average goes from a career 44.48 to 84.28.

    Roles have changed slightly now. Tendulkar has Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni around him; Ponting makes his way in after an unsettled opening combination, and is followed by Michael Hussey, Cameron White and James Hopes.

    Even at their ages, and despite the presence of young dashers, these two men make for the most intriguing contest of the series. What’s more, Ponting has to lead a somewhat unfancied batting line-up in this series. It’s a combination that sometimes manages to get the worst out of them, and might just provide one of the separators in the Greatest of Our Time debate

  15. October 26, 2009 8:57 pm

    And here I was, thinking that all books sold during a ‘Sale’ are crap!

    kanagu: Actually they have given discount for even the real good books like ‘God of small things’, ‘Kit runner’…

    I think it was a very fair and balanced review! I might try to get a copy of the book myself now!!

    kanagu: Thanks Pals.. do read and let me know how it is.. 🙂

  16. Rashmi permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:21 pm

    ur rating shows this book will be interesting read…will pick this up soon 🙂

    kanagu: Pick it up soon, Rashmi.. 🙂

    Abt cricket – me and sport dont go along 🙂

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  17. October 26, 2009 10:38 pm

    Book review and cricket !!! Are you avoiding me ?? 😀 😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: LOL 😆

  18. October 26, 2009 11:42 pm

    I think we are missing Kumble badly… The spin bowling which used to be India’s strength, is now become quite weak… We need someone like Mendis in the Indian team… Sri Lankan’s are lucky!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Kumble has lost his touch in ODI by 2000 itself… Everybody toyed with his bowling in one dayers and India has some decent ODI spinners now but not suitable for test 😦

  19. October 27, 2009 10:51 am

    The title of the book is certainly interesting and your review suggests that it may not be a bad book at all! I have picked up some interesting books in sales and even on the pavements.

    kanagu: Its a interesting book Nita 🙂 and me too sometime will pick up the books from pavements 🙂

  20. October 27, 2009 6:05 pm

    Kanagu u rated cricket serious too :D.Between tomorrow is the next matcha.Though i ‘m not watching matches now a days,i’m following news articles :D…

    kanagu: Why you are not watching matches????

  21. October 27, 2009 9:52 pm

    The trailer looks absolutely promising! Unlike any I’ve seen before!

    kanagu: I am sure Raj… Cameroon going to rock this time also…

  22. October 28, 2009 2:12 am

    That was a nice review Kanagu.. another book added to my reading list 🙂 lemme see if I can get hold of that book

    kanagu: Check it out AK.. you may like it 🙂

  23. November 1, 2009 3:45 pm

    Kanagu, I missed a lot of your posts 😦

    kanagu: No problem Smitha 🙂 🙂 glad you are back again 😀 😀
    Loved this review of the book, Kanagu – I am going to pick it up for sure. Sounds very interesting! And I think you should do more book reviews!

    kanagu: You will surely love it Smitha… tell the story to Poohi also.. she too may love it as its happening in UK.. 🙂 🙂
    I am reading very famous books only Smitha.. which many of you have read… anyway I will share my views 🙂 🙂

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