The weeks have been hectic since school began after the Christmas holidays. Apart from lessons and remedial classes, there is always something or the other that needs to be planned and attended to in school. Only yesterday we celebrated 69 years (some say 70 who count the year of institution) of our Indian constitution. While our cultural programme was not elaborate, we do tend to do things with a bit of flare and that takes a lot out of the teachers, admin staff and the students as well (though, to be honest, the children enjoy doing anything that will cause them to miss regular classes!).
I am, however, pleased with my reading so far. While I haven’t quite been able to follow my daily schedule plan where I turn off my tech stuff by 8:30 p.m., so I can read or draw or stitch in the hour before bed, and I haven’t been able to keep up with my daily reading of Don Quixote, I have been able to complete three books so far!
- Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather
The first two on the list are linked to my after-reading thoughts about them. My opinion of Alexander’s Bridge is to feature in the coming days.
I am currently listening to Alarms and Discursions, essays by G.K. Chesterton, on my daily morning walks. That is one item on my schedule I really look forward to because I get to ‘read’ an audio book. It’s how I completed the Bronte and the Cather! I hope to have a post up, later in the week, with a sentence or two on the essays I am listening to.
As far as other works go, I have picked up Measure for Measure from the school library, and am hoping to complete it before February 9th so I can review it for We Love Shakespeare Week at Hamlette’s Soliloquy.
Also, recently, at a book sale in school, I picked up the following:
- The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher by Gary Toward, Chris Henley and Andy Cope
- Awesome Grammar by Becky Burckmyer
I’ll probably be going into them piece-meal.
Apart from reading, I’ve also been watching some Asian drama after many months. I think my last drama last year was a fluffy, Korean romance called What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. This year, during our state harvest holidays, I felt in the mood for some drama again and so decided to try one of mum’s recommendations — another Korean romance drama called Secret Garden. It reminded me of all the reasons why I have begun to avoid Korean dramas (Secretary Kim turned out to be a bit of an exception), and so I turned back to Chinese drama for solace. I am currently watching the ongoing Story of Minglan, a beautiful period drama that takes you deep into the society of centuries old China. I am thoroughly enjoying; the episodes have been the highlight of my evenings in the last few days. I might be putting my thoughts down on this one when it gets over in February…
I’ll end this post with a question: Do you watch asian drama? Which ones?