Ph.D.: Not Just a Degree, It’s a (Torturous) Way of Life – Part 1

Oh, I had a job! Yes, it was crap but still, I had a stable job. Enough to get me through life. And then it happened!

One fine day, I think it was night, while the systems seemed to break down in office, but of course I couldn’t go home because deliverables, I decided to see if I’d cleared an examination called National Eligibility Test (NET).

OK, a little bit about NET. It’s this exam that you give if you want to teach at higher education level. So, if you clear it, you get to call yourself an Assistant Professor. And, if you clear it at a higher level, then you’re a junior Research Fellow (JRF), too. You can go do a Ph.D. with your NET clearance; being a JRF, though, you get paid, too, for doing research. Ah, dreamy! And yes, while I couldn’t do anything about the deliverables, I, at least, knew I was a JRF. And that’s where it all began! The no so long but not quite thrilling journey of my Ph.D.

Oh and it was only after one year of getting my NET clearance on that lonely night in office that I registered for what was to come – the journey into the unknown . . .

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Should I Stop Loving You?

And often I think,

I should just stop,

Stop loving you,

Stop caring about you,

Stop worrying over you,

Why is it so difficult?

Is it because I know,

Deep down in my heart,

That it is you,

And only you for me . . .

This heart refuses to give up,

Pumping hope through my veins,

A hope that you’ll at least know,

How much I love you . . .

A hope that you’ll remember,

That somebody cares . . .

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I Read 120 Books in 2017 :) – Part 3

And here is the list (along with their rating) of the last 40 books I read last year . . .

  1. King Ottokar’s Sceptre by Hergé (3/5)
  2. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher by Carolyn Keene (2/5)
  3. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene (4/5)
  4. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella (2/5)
  5. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
  6. Origin by Dan Brown (1/5)
  7. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
  8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (4/5)
  9. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
  10. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (3/5)
  11. Heart and Brain: Body Language by Nick Seluk (5/5)
  12. Humans of Bombay by Karishma Mehta (5/5)
  13. The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene (3/5)
  14. The Quest of the Missing Map by Carolyn Keene (3/5)
  15. Mystery of the Winged Lion by Carolyn Keene (3/5)
  16. The Case of the Vanishing Veil by Carolyn Keene (4/5)
  17. 50 Cups of Coffee: The Woes and Throes of Finding Mr. Right by Khushnuma Daruwala (3/5)
  18. The Case of the Artful Crime by Carolyn Keene (5/5)
  19. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (4/5)
  20. The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene (5/5)
  21. Charlatans by Robin Cook (5/5)
  22. Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday: The Golden Book by Albert Uderzo (4/5)
  23. Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri (5/5)
  24. Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri (5/5)
  25. Asterix and the Chariot Race by Jean-Yves Ferri (5/5)
  26. Secret of the Spa by Carolyn Keene (5/5)
  27. The Mystery of the Brass-bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene (5/5)
  28. The Crab with the Golden Claws by Hergé (3/5)
  29. The Shooting Star by Hergé (5/5)
  30. Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene (4/5)
  31. The Double Jinx Mystery by Carolyn Keene (4/5)
  32. Looking for Alaska by John Green (5/5)
  33. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (5/5)
  34. Overload by Arthur Hailey (5/5)
  35. Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia (3/5)
  36. The Legend of Laxmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna (3/5)
  37. Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot (4/5)
  38. A Biography of Rahul Dravid by Devendra Prabhudesai (4/5)
  39. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop by Erle Stanley Gardner (3/5)
  40. Worth Dying For by Lee Child (4/5)

I am very happy that I could read so much. I do not know if I’ll ever get to read this much, nevertheless, reading is love; books are love. Keep reading!

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I Read 120 Books in 2017 :) – Part 2

One hundred and twenty books in a year is huge! And, I am actually proud of myself for achieving this feat. 🙂 In my previous post, I shared the first 40 titles that I’d read. Here’s the list of the next 40 along with my rating.

  1. Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts (2/5)
  2. Kiss Me in the Snow by Rich Amooi (5/5)
  3. landline by Rainbow Rowell (4/5)
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (3/5)
  5. Cell by Robin Cook (5/5)
  6. Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella (5/5)
  7. Bored of the Rings by Rich Amooi (5/5)
  8. Asterix and the Soothsayer by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by khaled Hosseini (3/5)
  10. Asterix in Corsica by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  11. Asterix and Caesar’s Gift by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  12. Death Benefit by Robin Cook (5/5)
  13. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (4/5)
  14. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (5/5)
  15. Asterix and the Great Crossing by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (4/5)
  16. Obelix & Co. by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  17. Asterix in Belgium by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  18. The Sellout by Paul Beatty (4/5)
  19. Asterix and the Great Divide by Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  20. Asterix and the Black Gold Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  21. Asterix and Son Albert by Uderzo (5/5)
  22. Asterix and the Magic Carpet by Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  23. Asterix and the Secret Weapon by Albert Uderzo (2/5)
  24. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (3/5)
  25. Asterix and Obelix All at Sea by Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  26. Asterix and the Actress by Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  27. Asterix and the Falling Sky by Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  28. Asterix and the Class Act by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (2/5)
  29. The Blue Lotus by Hergé (5/5)
  30. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (4/5)
  31. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella (2/5)
  32. Shopaholic on Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
  33. Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella (4/5)
  34. Almost Single by Advaita Kala (2/5)
  35. The Clue of the Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene (3/5)
  36. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
  37. The Broken Ear by Hergé (3/5)
  38. The Haunted Carousel by Carolyn Keene (4/5)
  39. The Black Island by Hergé (4/5)
  40. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (3/5)
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I Read 120 books in 2017 :) – Part 1

So, I read 120 books in 2017! I mean, that’s some achievement. Here are the names of the first 40 titles that I had the opportunity to read last year along with my rating for the same.

  1. Mayan Civilization – A Beginner’s Guide by Maureen Appleton (2/5)
  2. What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat (3/5)
  3. Dog Day Wedding by Rich Amooi (5/5)
  4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (5/5)
  5. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (3/5)
  6. Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi (5/5)
  7. Mr. Crotchety by Rich Amooi (4/5)
  8. Asterix the Gladiator by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  9. Asterix and the Banquet by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  10. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (5/5)
  11. Asterix and Cleopatra by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  12. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (5/5)
  13. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (4/5)
  14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (3/5)
  15. Tintin in the Congo by Hergé (3/5)
  16. The Associate by John Grisham (3/5)
  17. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (5/5)
  18. An Eclair to Remember by Rich Amooi (4/5)
  19. Asterix and the Big Fight by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  20. Asterix in Britain by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  21. Asterix the Legionary by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  22. Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  23. Asterix at the Olympic Games by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  24. Asterix and the Cauldron by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  25. Asterix in Spain by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  26. Pashu by Devdutt Pattanaik (2/5)
  27. Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks (4/5)
  28. Asterix and the Roman Agent by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (3/5)
  29. Tintin in America by Hergé (4/5)
  30. Cigars of the Pharaoh by Hergé (3/5)
  31. Asterix and the Laurel Wreath by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (5/5)
  32. The Mansions of Gods by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (4/5)
  33. Asterix in Switzerland by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (4/5)
  34. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (4/5)
  35. Phone Kitten by Marika Christian (3/5)
  36. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (3/5)
  37. The Shadow Throne by Aroon Raman (3/5)
  38. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot (4/5)
  39. Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom by Rich Amooi (4/5)
  40. The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn (3/5)
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Stuck on You …

And, as I sipped,

This hot chocolate,

To myself I fibbed,

But my heart’s so stupid,

It still held on,

To you …

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Marriage Material, Am I? – Part Three

So, I just finished reading 50 Cups of Coffee: The Woes and Throes of Finding Mr. Right and sigh, just what I’m experiencing right now. Anyway, inspired by the book, I thought I’d share some of my “potential groom” stories. Here goes.

Potential Groom #1: Even before I could talk to him, I hear he was a bit, how do you put it, wary of speaking to me. Why you ask? I’ll tell you. I’m doing Ph.D. *eye roll* I’m not even kidding. He didn’t want to talk to me because I’m getting a doctorate!

Potential Groom #2: This one I didn’t meet nor talk to. But my mother was, apparently, told that he was a very good (please define this for me someone) guy with a bank job. “Aunty, bahut accha ladka hai. Bank mein job hai. Twelfth pass kiya hai.” !!! And, I can still picture my poor mother wondering how to go about rejecting the poor guy in the nicest possible way. Of course, my father was more straightforward. He had his single syllable answer ready – “NO!”

Potential Groom #3: MBA, dude! And then he goes, “So what do you do? “I’m doing my Ph.D.” (ALARM) “Oh! So, you’re more qualified than me!” “Is that a problem?” “Well, see, I don’t have a problem, but . . . others may.” HUH! What??? Who? And why?

No, it doesn’t end here. Nope. We moved to the photo sharing stage. Was that the silver line in my black cloud? Well, turns out, it wasn’t. The dude seemed unsatisfied with what he saw. “I can’t recognize,” he says. ????? Excuse me, WHAT???? “Recognize what?” “Your face and everything else.” Hmmm, everything else. OK right! “Share a photo where I can see you properly. Oh and yes, please don’t use any apps ok :)”

Sigh! The dangers of being beyond 30 and worse, over-qualified.

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