review, a poem, or just a random rant or musing – and then I go and read an
article someone has written that is simply beautiful. Reading that single post
is an experience in itself – as if I stepped through a magical portal to my own
writing a little something every day or strive for that magical piece every
once-in-a-while? And then I read another book, write down my thoughts for it
and out comes a review. I look at my favorite memes, am thrilled about the
current theme, and there – another post. Oh well, that day will come too..
until then, I will keep doing what I always do
a different name in India – housie. The name is different but the thrill of the
game – the same! I was not lucky at it and remember excitedly strking off all
numbers save one in a matter of minutes, and then wait for that one last number
to be called for the win – most often, it never came! The aunty who was the
housie caller, used to drag out the suspense till everyone was at the edge of
their seats, and finally say something like ‘You and me, 23’ for the number 23. For more fun housie/bingo slang, check here. Here is an image of a typical housie card (courtesy: wikipedia). A lot of ways to win, a lot of fun for everyone!
for the letter of the week over at ABC Wednesday . Then a thought struck me
(almost a pun because of the game I finally chose) – how about carrom? Carromis a beloved childhood game of hands whitened with boric acid powder, of
intense moments of play, of making sure you and your opponent are playing nice
(no sleight of hand to drop a coin into the hole!!), of making sure the queen
is yours, and of pure striking fun. Now,
we are playing it with our kids here in the US, teaching them our childhood
joys. And reveling in it.(image from wikipedia)
started playing with recently (thanks to Chronicle Books for sending me the game to try out and
review). I will be posting a more detailed review of the game in another post but this is just a preview.
For Wondrous Words Wednesday:
I am currently hooked onto White Collar – a TV show a friend suggested (when I mentioned we are fans of the show ‘Monk’). I love the show and aside from the show itself, I am also getting a whole lot of interesting quotes that appear throughout the show (google search returns a whole lot of lists for White Collar quotes!) as well as new words. Here are a few from the show:
- recidivism: relapsing into crime: the tendency to relapse
into a previous undesirable type of behavior, especially crime
flimflam: 1. Nonsense; humbug.; 2. A deception; a swindle.
- foment: cause trouble: to cause or stir up trouble or
books as a little girl and they were among my favorite series. I always longed
go off solving mysteries on my own. I even made up a few mysteries where none
existed in our sleepy-in-the-middle-of-somewhere-out-there town. I borrowed an edition from the library to
read it recently and though I enjoyed the read, I felt something was lacking.
When I looked up online, I realized that the editions I probably read as a kid
were the original versions and the one I am reading now is a condensed (though
not enriched) version. It seems to be stripped of originality a little. But I
still love Nancy Drew mysteries though I can safely say I much prefer the
original versions now.
This goes towards my reading challenges too! Yay!