Tagged: The nearest book

It’s not the best of times to be tagged. The dining table looks like it might collapse under the weight of all the paper. Among other things, this month brings exams, and it also means that fiction has to wait. But rads has tagged, and so I shall comply. But to present a more complete picture I’ll do two rounds of the tag. Both the books were pretty much equidistant from where I am sitting. The rules of the tag are as follows:

Pick up the nearest book.
Open to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

First book: Out by Natsuo Kirino. (I bought this book because Amazon was literally giving away this book for 1 pound). It got here just yesterday, and I haven’t had the time to read it. The lines:

Masako had spread a second plastic tarp on the lid covering the bath tub, and on it she had piled forty-three bags. The lid had warped under the weight – which was approximately that of a grown man.

‘Even without the blood, it’s still prety heavy,’ she said, half to herself.

The second book: Local and Regional Development
This is one of the Holy Books for students of local economic development, and even if the following lines sound very boring, the book is a good read. (Or so I tell myself constantly.)

Since the Second World War governments have intervened in their economies to ensure local and regional development, often reflecting a commitment to limit the growth of inter-regional disparities and promote the development of rural areas. Although having some success in shaping patterns of local and regional development, as we noted in Chapter 1, centralised or top-down forms of intervention, pursued by national planning and development authorities, were criticised for their heavy concentration on the provision of physical infrastructure and, as we shall consider in Chapter 6, an overemphasis on the attraction of mobile investment. Such an approach often failed to close the development gaps between prosperous and lagging regions.

I tag – Blue, WA, Lekhni, Dipali and Shefaly.

Go forth and quote!

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10 Responses to Tagged: The nearest book

  1. rads says:

    aw, that’s mighty sweet of you to do it what with exams and stuff, but then again, we all know how much we are forced to goof during exams 😀
    Masako’s made me curious. There are lids covering bathtubs? Human bathtubs, or there are some special ones that double duty as storage? 🙂

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  2. Lekhni says:

    Will do 🙂 So, you are reading Natsuo Kirino when you should be reading about Local Development? I don’t blame you. Judging from your excerpt, the author seems to get so attached to his sentences, he takes forever to end them 😉

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  3. Shefaly says:

    Neha, thanks for the tag. I know it is not the best time for you to be tagged.

    I have seen the meme at three other blogs and in fact, another blog-friend tagged me this morning.

    I have so far used the comments section to respond. Which is my twist on the meme.. 🙂 And I am unashamedly giving the same response here as I have Kalafudra because I have been sitting in the same place since early this morning, working on a deliverable due tomorrow.

    Here goes:

    ***
    Book: Rules and Meanings (ed Mary Douglas)

    Page 123, 3 lines after the 5th sentence:

    Among the tribes of the lower Niger, it is even forbidden for women to use their left hands when cooking, evidently under pain of being accused of attempted poisoning and sorcery. The left hand, like those pariahs on whom all impure tasks are thrust, may concern itself only with disgusting duties. We are far from the sanctuary here; but the dominion of religious concepts is so powerful that it makes itself felt in the dining-room, the kitchen, and even in those places haunted by demons and which we dare not name.
    ***

    I found these lines very interesting because whilst I was aware of this left-hand-right-hand thing in the Indian culture, I did not know that other cultures had these peculiarity too. But now I do 🙂

    Good luck with the exams. I am away for a few days when you become free but will mail re the gardens tour soon after.

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  5. hawkeye says:

    well i am sorry to hear that you are reading the second book. That one para alone put me to sleep. An entire book could put you into coma. Must be careful. Your examiner could get a sleeping pill overdose.

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  6. jillu says:

    eddhukku book cricket-ey better!

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  7. Twisted DNA says:

    I would have I remained 2 minutes in silence in sympathy for anybody who had to read that second book! But then I grabbed the book at hand and read the prescribed lines:
    “With this hypothesis in mind it is worthwhile to consider in more detail which part of young child’s social environment are most strikingly different from ours. Most of these center about the family situation, the environment which impinges earliest and most intensely upon the child’s consciousness. The organization of a Samoan household eliminates at one stroke many of the special situations which are believed to be productive of undesirable emotional sets”

    they sound horribly boring but it’s an excellent book. So I see what you mean!

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  8. mumbaigirl says:

    good luck. an lse examinee resides here as well

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  9. dipali says:

    All the best for your exams Neha. The first book seemed very interesting, the second one as dull as ditchwater, but maybe it’s just those few sentences from each which are misleading! Tell us when you’ve dealt with both of them:)

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  10. Blue says:

    Finally responded! (Finally!)

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