Posts Tagged ‘stumbleupon’

The Inheritance of Loss

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I got tagged by a dear StumbleUpon friend, shpongolina. Usually I don’t participate in this type of things, but because it offers something interesting and it comes from a great person, I’ll make an exception. ;-)

The rules are as follows:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Post a comment and then tag five more people.

The Inheritance of Loss

by Kiran Desai

Gyan was twenty and Sai sixteen, and at the beginning they had not paid very much attention to the events on the hillside, the new posters in the market referring to old discontents, the slogans scratched and painted on the side of government offices and shops. “We are stateless,” they read. “It is better to die than live as slaves,” “We are constitutionally tortured. Return our land from Bengal.”

I wrote about this book a while ago. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still reading it. Worse yet, I’m not even halfway through, even though it’s a great book. My excuse is that I’m an expat in Istanbul and there’s just so much to see and do here. ;-)

I love this book, because it talks about life in India at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the north-eastern Himalayas around the time of the Nepalese independence movement in the mid-80s. This is something I knew nothing about in terms of facts, let alone in terms of experience. That’s the awesome thing about books; they let you experience something like you’re there. It’s the power of writing. It’s a very moving story and has many elements in it. Classes/castes, love, freedom, happiness, travel, work, study, war, conflict, poverty – many things which I either have never been in contact with, or that I have always taken for granted.

You can read more about the author, Kiran Desai, on Wikipedia. Check out the book, including reviews, at Amazon.

I would like to tag Dori (From A Yellow House In England), Chris (Beyond Taiwan), PJA64X, Emm (Emm in London) and lala (Coastal Commentaries).

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Plant a Tree with StumbleUpon on Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Wow! Probably my favourite webservice, StumbleUpon, is doing something incredible today.

For every thumbs up they get on their special Earth Day page they will donate money to the National Forest Foundation to plant trees! If you don’t want to sell your car or take any other drastic matters to help out the environment of the world we live in, then this is the least you can do, isn’t it? :wink:

So if you’re already a StumbleUpon user:

Click here and thumb it up!

If you’re not a StumbleUpon user, go get acquainted with StumbleUpon right now.

StumbleUpon Demonstration
StumbleUpon About Page

Sign up, go to the page, thumb it up, make the world a better place. Easy.

StumbleUpon can be addictive ;-)

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