Tamarind Mem

by Anita Rau Badami | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0670874558 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lotusflower77 of Toronto, Ontario Canada on 4/7/2005
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Lotusflower77 from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 07, 2005
Reading this book was like sitting down to a favorite childhood meal. It brought back a lot of memories of my time in India, reminding me of stories that I have forgotten to share with my children. Highly recommend to anyone that grew up in India or to anyone that might like to read of an Indian childhood.

Journal Entry 2 by Lotusflower77 from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 22, 2005
Reserved for bookcrosser Lyzeebee. Although this is a discarded library copy and a little shabby in appearance, it still makes for an enjoyable read.

Different cover.

Journal Entry 3 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, October 03, 2005
Received in the post from lotusflower77 today as part of our big book swap.

Thank you so much for such a good selection and the extras you sent too!

Journal Entry 4 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, January 08, 2006
I had hoped for more of the Canadian life of the daughter in this story, as it would have made a good contrast, but this was a nice, often lyrical, description of a mother and daughter, rather cleverly giving the daughter's story first and then filling in the details from the mother's perspective.

Thanks for another good choice, lotusflower77.

To be offered on a Ring when I have the latest batch sent out!

Journal Entry 5 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, January 30, 2006
BOOKRING!

Usual rules apply...

Make a journal entry when you receive the book
Contact the next reader for their address when you are almost done
Post a review when you've read the book - please try to send it on within a month of receipt if you can
Make a journal entry or controlled release notes when you send the book on

PARTICIPANTS

mairbu Japan (anywhere)
totoroandmei Japan (Asia/Pacific preferred)
RockDg9 Australia (anywhere)
ldpaulson California US (US only)
morsecode New York, US (N America)
Buffra West Virginia US (anywhere)
Lpree Nebraska US (anywhere)
Brookeworm Canada (anywhere)
Potat1556 Switzerland (Europe) <-- [06/07 cannot get hold of anyone else to send it to - returned to me]
Sirah Finland (anywhere)
[[[Piggeldy Germany (Europe) - asked to be skipped]]]
Merimag UK (UK)
[[[Xanthe-pup Wales (anywhere) - message on profile asking to be skipped]]]
[[[Astrobev Australia (anywhere) - asked to be skipped]]]
AnglersRest UK (UK) <---- it's here!

On wherever it wants to go!



Journal Entry 6 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, February 03, 2006
Asked mairbu for address yesterday - ready to send when I have it

Journal Entry 7 by LyzzyBee at on Thursday, February 09, 2006

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Posting to mairbu on Friday (thanks matth3w!)

Journal Entry 8 by Movingtoomuch from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, February 17, 2006
Arrived this morning, Cheers! Will read it and get it out sometime this week.

Journal Entry 9 by Movingtoomuch from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 20, 2006
Really enjoyed this book...if I read it in small doses. I couldn't sit down and read more than achapter or so at a time..which is unusual for me.
Have pm'd Totoroandmei for their address.

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Sent to totoroandmei

Journal Entry 11 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Saturday, March 04, 2006
Thanks LyzzyBee for organizing the ring and Mairbu for sending the book. Looks interesting. Hope to start it next week.

Journal Entry 12 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I will have the book for about two more weeks. Sorry for those who are waiting on it. Thanks LyzzyBee for being so understanding!

Update -- Sending this book off today. It took me a lot longer to read this but enjoyed it. I found that I had to read it in short bits. Not sure why. Maybe just too much going on with work and life.

Thanks for sharing!

Released 12 yrs ago (4/18/2006 UTC) at Postal Release in Sent To The Next Bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 14 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Arrived today! I'm on break from University next week , so will read it then.

Journal Entry 15 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Thursday, June 22, 2006
I thought this was a lovely woven story which brings the characters to life. And I may be a bit mad, but I thought the physically well-worn appearance of the book gave it added charm.

PMing ldpaulson and posting on soon. Posted on 3rd July 2006.

Journal Entry 16 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Monday, September 11, 2006
Found while tidying up. I don't have a decent explanation for why it wasn't found, journaled, and read sooner, only speculation. Typically, the packages come in from the post office and are taken to the computer for immediate journaling.

This was a relatively quick read. It was one in the same with A BLACK ENGLISHMAN in that both concerned civil servants/upper middle class with wholly dissatisfying personal relationships. Like Liz, I too had thought the tale would have included more of the Canadian life of the daughter and a look at the Indian disapora, which would have been interesting. The writing style is a bit unconventional, but conversational. The narrative jumps around rather than flowing, for example.

I have a few more books on India yet to come from BookCrossers and then I think I'll be moving on to another part of the world or subculture for a while.

Journal Entry 17 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, November 06, 2006
FAO ldpaulson - not sure if you have received my PM's, just wanting to check the status of this book as it hasn't had a JE or movement for 8 weeks or so. Not meaning to hassle, just trying to keep up with what the book's up to!

Cheers

Liz

Update - Nov 2006 - ldpaulson confirmed this has been mailed to morsecode

Journal Entry 18 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Tuesday, November 28, 2006
This book arrived safe and sound in Buffalo, NY today.
I'll try to get it back on the road quickly.

Journal Entry 19 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, December 07, 2006
I finished this book last night and will be mailing it to Buffra on Saturday.

This book was a slow read for me. I enjoyed the different perspectives, but it definitely seemed like there was less of the amma's prespective than of Kamini's (though I didn't check the page count to see if that was actually the case). I do wish we could have learned more about Paul da Costa; his presence was an undercurrent throughout the book, but we really never learn enough about him and about his relationship to the family (at least one of the things I thought was hinted at earlier in the book didn't seem to be true at all); and, what we do learn in Saroja's section of the book seems inconsistent (the women in the train seem to be reacting to a different story that the one we are getting from her).

Journal Entry 20 by buffra from Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, December 18, 2006
Caught!

Thanks. I hope the holidays don't delay its travels too much.

:D

Journal Entry 21 by buffra from Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday, January 07, 2007
I enjoyed this book very much.

I particularly liked this quotes about stories and their power and truth -- "Everything is true, and everything is false. It is the storyteller and the listener who decide what-what is what."

It embodies the stories told in this book, as the "truth" is hard to uncover. Saroja states that "the past changes in the context of the present" and that is certainly illustrated by the stories she and Kamini tell. Though both talk, in part, of Kamini's childhood, the two narrations are very different. Saroja appears to have the distance from the past to see it in perspective, even seeing more than one side of her own feelings and actions. Kamini does not yet seem to have that ability.

Overall, a lilting book that captures mood, fragrance, and the sounds of the Indian home very well.

Journal Entry 22 by buffra from Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, January 08, 2007
Mailed out this morning!

Journal Entry 23 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Thursday, February 01, 2007
Sorry! I realized a couple of days ago that I had several books I never journaled as arrived. I did get this and am currently reading it. I'll go ahead and get the address for the next in line so I don't hold it any longer than necessary.

Journal Entry 24 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Sorry sorry! I did read this, enjoyed it, and it was mailed on to the next person in line a few weeks ago...

Journal Entry 25 by Brookeworm from Etobicoke, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 08, 2007
I just got back from a much-needed two-week vacation and this was waiting for me. Yay! I'll get to reading it right away.

Journal Entry 26 by Brookeworm from Etobicoke, Ontario Canada on Thursday, May 24, 2007
Sorry for keeping this so long. I've been trying to read it and really wanting to like it, but I just can't get into it. I'll send it along to the next person in line shortly.

Journal Entry 27 by Potat1556 from Oberweningen, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I received in the mail today...thanks for letting me join the ring...been waiting for the book for a long time, but am reading another two books right now, so it will be started this weekend....hopefully!

Journal Entry 28 by Potat1556 from Oberweningen, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Just finished reading the book yestêrday...been a bit in and out of dooctor's offices last few months and therefore Bxng had to take a back seat....i apologise sincerely. I am really very sorrry. Now am waiting for reply from next person, Sirah, to send the book on its onward journey. Thanx for letting me join.

Journal Entry 29 by Potat1556 from Oberweningen, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, March 27, 2008
Dont know what to do with the book, havent heard from Sirah or LizzyBee after repeated emails...so am going to contact Piggledy now and hopefully get an address.

Journal Entry 30 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, March 27, 2008
Potat and I have now been in touch - pesky PM's not working.

Potat has had no reply from sirah or piggledy so is trying merimag.

If any of you see this message and do still want the book, please contact me at the email address on my profile.

Thanks,

Liz

Journal Entry 31 by Potat1556 from Oberweningen, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, July 18, 2008
No reply from Sirah, Piggledy or Merimag so am sending the book back to Lyzzybee.
thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 32 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, October 25, 2008
Received in the post today - thankyou. I will try to find the other participants now!

Released 10 yrs ago (10/31/2008 UTC) at Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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Posting to Sirah today.

Journal Entry 34 by Sirah from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, November 07, 2008
Received the book! Thanks, LyzzyBee:)

Journal Entry 35 by Sirah from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, December 04, 2008
Enjoyed the book quite a lot, though I would have liked the latter part of the book of Saroja´s story to be as precise as the first part of Kamini´s story. Anyway, the 2 parts accomplished each other to make the story rich and full of details of Indian railroad family.

Thanks for sharing the book with me, LyzzyBee. Hope to see you here next summer!

I am waiting for Piggeldys address to send the book for further travels.

EDIT: Got Piggeldys answer of having too many books to be read so now contacting Merimag for the address.

Journal Entry 36 by merimag from Shrewsbury, Shropshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 11, 2008
This has arrived from Finland! Many thanks. It will now be added to the to be read pile and it will probably take me until after Christmas to send it on its way.

Journal Entry 37 by merimag from Shrewsbury, Shropshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 11, 2008
Have just tried to find Xanthe-pup Wales and get the message that the name is not recognised. Any idea what to do next?
thanks,
merimag

Journal Entry 38 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Can't add much to comments-
But do want to add apologies for having held on to it for too long. It is now on its way to Angler's Rest and I think it will be heading home again. A ring successfully navigated!! Well done to Lyzzybee!

Journal Entry 39 by merimag from Shrewsbury, Shropshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
sorry- that last journal enrty was from me- not anon finder- just in a hurry and didn't log in.

Journal Entry 40 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Thursday, May 07, 2009
My fourth bookring to arrived today. I have a small backlog, not of reading but JE and posting on! but should be read within the next few weeks while on a trip away for work. Thanks for sending.

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