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This week in Reading Challenges: Not only have I pledged to read 150 books this year on Goodreads, I'm also trying to check off Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge. (PDF link) Some suggestions if you choose to do it as well: "a book about sports," have chosen Joyce Carol Oates's On Boxing, debut novel, either The Last Samurai or Geek Love, a book where a "person of colour goes on a spiritual journey" was a bit tougher, but I picked Deepak Chopra's Muhammad and also Elif The Unseen. Anyway, picking and choosing my way through it, so that not all 150 books I read this year are random and thoughtless.
This week in dive bars: Friends took us to Rock's Pub, and I'm now holding it up as my golden standard of dive bars (besides 4S which I still love). GREAT Goan bar snacks--sausages and potatoes, and roast beef and a prawn pulao that's just lightly steamed rice with little pink prawns buried in it like treasure. And bar pets, some very friendly dogs and a cat that lords over them all, and drinks are cheap, so basically, yes, Rock's Pub is where you'll find me if you're like, "Oh hey, where should we meet for drinks?" You notice I'm not telling you where it is, but intrepid readers will look on Google maps or just like, message me and I'll tell you.
This week in new restaurants: New-ish Japanese place I can't remember the name of, I think it's called Cliff's Monty? Down the road from Artjuna. No Japanese here compares to anywhere in Delhi or Bombay, unless it's when you're being lazy and ordering Sushiya, so okay, these are all Sushiya-ish standards. But still pretty place and cheaper than Delhi or Bombay, so there's that. Plus really pretty stuff for sale in their attached shop section, including some origami earrings I think I will go back for.
This week in short trips: I went to Bombay for a meeting this week. I had actually ruled out Bombay from the places I'd like to eventually live in (again), late last year. Goa takes care of all my Bombay weather needs, one big city in India is remarkably like another (yeah, yeah, yeah, save it), and I had no desire to cramp myself into a teeny 1BHK after years of living in large spaces. BUT! As I got out of the fancy new airport, zigged across the fancy Sea Link, entered fancy South Bombay and gazed up at all the buildings with my mouth open, I decided that Bombay WOULD be nice to live in again, IF I could snag a top floor in a high rise in South Bombay, preferably with a view of the sea. The 'burbs were my home, and still continue to be where my friends live, but they're too much like crowded versions of South Delhi. However, since these fancy homes cost more per month than what I make in a year, that dream might have to be shelved till I'm a billionaire.
Despite that really long week, I don't have that many updates for you this week. My mum is visiting and staying with us, two other dear friends (hi Nayantara and Anmol!) are also visiting and not staying with us, both are nice things to know though, and we are working, and the sun is shining, so those are all great things. Onwards to the Sunday reading list: My favourite new TinyLetter, I open The Alipore Post before the rest of my email every morning. ** Why you shouldn't be buying your puppies. Come on, guys. This is 2017. Surely you've heard enough arguments by now? ** Two-two new mentions of The Girls Of The Mahabharata 1! One in DailyO, and one in bpb. ** "He then repeatedly slapped and punched her and called her a whore. The petrol pump staff and bystanders did not note down his vehicle number despite her repeated appeals to them to do so. When she later asked them why they did not intervene or help in any way, they casually told her, “We thought he must be your husband." Uff. ** Coming to terms with being single forever. ** Anne Shirley or Emily Starr (OR Pat?) **
Have a great week!