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The Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme 2016

Let’s welcome 2016 with a bang, shall we? Please welcome the Great TSBC Book Exchange Programme 2016. 😀

TSBC Exchange

#TSBC is a labour of love for us and we haven’t let limited resources or our personal lives deter us from our goal of sharing the love for books and the joy of reading with all of you. May we say, with pride and happiness, that we have succeeded to a large extent in this and #TSBC has become like a little family now ?

One of the primary goals of #TSBC, besides talking about books, is to be a medium for people to find others who share similar interests in books. Towards this, we are constantly on the lookout for activities that can be enjoyed by all and also spread the love of reading among people of all ages. Towards this, we introduced the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme in September 2013 to some amazing response.

And that enthused us enough to offer it again in 2014, and now again with the onset of the new year in 2016. This third edition is pretty much similar to the previous editions with some minor changes. So without much ado let’s get down to the brass tacks.

How does the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme 2016 Work?

It’s quite simple.

The Book Exchange programme is similar to the idea of Secret Santa. Admittedly, the idea is neither new nor original, but since something like this is being done exclusive for books, we hope it will bring some surprise and joy into the lives of the people who love reading.

So what happens is this: If you sign up for the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme, you will be the anonymous Secret Book Giver for one person randomly assigned to you. In turn, you will receive a book or books from your Secret Book Giver, who will remain anonymous to you.

Some Important Points to Keep in Mind

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Book Review: The Prague Cemetery

I decide to take up the TSBC Challenge out of curiosity. What book would I get? Could it be completely out of my loop? As a student of literature, haven’t I already abandoned the idea of a ‘comfort zone’? And anyway could TSBC gauge my loop?  And, I’m in for a surprise!

The-Prague-CemeteryMy first impressions of The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco are restricted to two words on the smoky, greyish-brown book cover: ‘Cemetery’ and ‘bestselling’. And I see a man with a hat who apparently conceals an event of some consequence as he stands with his back to the audience. It is perhaps, only through him that we might see light. Horror? Mystery?

The first chapter continues the eerie feel of the book cover by taking the reader through the “tangle of malodorous alleys” in a crime-infested neighborhood of the late nineteenth century Paris, only to land him/her at the doorstep of an old, faded antique shop. Inside, the reader almost bumps into history, as it is jammed together in terms of articles perhaps from different times and contexts — “a pendulum clock in faking blue enamel”, “vase stands with chipped ceramic putti”, “a rusty iron visiting card holder”, “hideous mother-of-pearl fans decorated with Chinese designs”, “two white felt slippers with buckles encrusted with Irish diamante”, “a chipped bust of Napoleon”… Interesting.

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Pass It Forward, the #TSBC Way

TSBc Pass it Forward

We are very happy to announce #TSBC’s  latest  initiative to spread the love and joy of reading — #TSBCPassItForward.

So, what is this #TSBCPassItForward all about? It’s simple really. Read the book you have been sent, and pass it forward to another person (within India) to read. But before you do that there is this small matter of rules and and suggestions:

  1. This book belongs to someone, so please take care of it the way you would your own book. Please do not bend, dog-ear the pages or tear the book.
  2. Feel free to add your thoughts or comments in the margins or wherever you find space throughout the book. You are more than welcome to underline or highlight parts that you felt were special in any way, maybe even add a note as to why you thought so. Try to be clean while doing this and using a pencil for this is recommended. You can always add as many post-it notes to it as you like.
  3. On the last page of the book, please write your name and the place you are in so that by the end of this run, which will last about 10-15 ‘passes’ we will know where all the book has travelled to.
  4. Please use the hashtag #TSBCPassItForward when tweeting about receiving, sending, or generally talking about the book.
  5. Do tweet us when you receive the book.
  6. Each book will have different time period to read it and this will be mentioned on the first page of the book. You need to read it and send it forward within that time period.

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The #TSBC A to Z Challenge: Prerna’s List

We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. Presenting to you the fifth of the A to Z List of Books. This one’s from Prerna.

Prerna  prefers Indian to foreign authors and is an upcoming author whose book is scheduled for release in the second  half of 2014. She blogs at Stories that Touched my Heart.

A Half Baked Love Story Gunjan Narang and Anurag Garg
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer
Can Love Happen Twice? Ravinder Singh
Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of Mumbai Mafia Hussain Zaidi
Eat.Delete Pooja Makhija
Faster Ankit Fadia
Grandma’s Bag of Stories Sudha Murty
How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid
I Too Had A Love Story Ravinder Singh
Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Knights Game C C Gibbs
Like It Happened Yesterday Ravinder Singh
MBA at 16 Subroto Bagchi
Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less Jeffrey Archer
One Night At The Call Center Chetan Bhagat
P.S. I Love You Cecelia Ahern
Q: A Love Story Evan Mandery
Revolution 2020 Chetan Bhagat
Shantaram Gregory David Roberts
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Unusual People Do Things Differently T G C Prasad
Veronica Decides To Die Paulo Coelho
Walking With Comrades Arundhati Roy
Xanadu: An Anthology Jane Yolen
You Were My Crush! Durjoy Datta
Zorro Isabel Allende

Thank you, Prerna. 😀

The #TSBC A to Z Challenge: Sonal’s List

We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. Presenting to you the fourth of the A to Z List of Books. This one’s from Sonal.

Music lover, especially of Hindustani Classical and old Hindi film songs. Books are her  best friends. Nature lover. Travelling to new places is a passion. Has a secret dream to  open a small bookshop or a library. That’s Sonal.

A Town Called Malgudi R.K. Narayan
Black Friday S. Hussain Zaidi
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Desirable Daughters Bharati Mukherjee
Exodus Leon Uris
Freedom at Midnight Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard Kiran Desai
Ignited Minds A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata Devdutt Pattanaik
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
Lajja Taslima Nasrin
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found Suketu Mehta
No Comebacks Frederick Forsyth
On Beauty Zadie Smith
Papillon Henri Charrière
QB VII Leon Uris
Rage of Angels Sidney Sheldon
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character Richard Feynman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
Valmiki Ramayana: The Book of Wilderness Arshia Sattar
Wise and Otherwise Sudha Murthy
Xenocide Orson Scott Card
You can Win Shiv Khera
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig

Thank you, Sonal 🙂

The #TSBC A to Z Challenge: Soumya’s List

We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. Presenting to you the third of the A to Z List of Books. This one’s from Soumya.

Software Professional, Voracious Reader. Will read anything under the Sun. Always gets upset when people recommend bad books. Travel Junkie. That’s Soumya.

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Book Thief Markus Zusak
Catch 22 Joseph Heller
Down Under Bill Bryson
Emma Jane Austen
Fountainhead Ayn Rand
Game of Thrones George R Martin
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
I, Claudius Robert Graves
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Kite Runner Khaled Hossini
Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien
Malgudi Days R K Narayan
Never Let me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Qb VII Leon Uris
Rebecca Daphne De Maurier
Shantaram Gregory David Roberts
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Ulysses James Joyce
V for Vendetta Alan Moore
Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahm
X Factor Marvel Comics
You belong to me Mary Higgins Clarke
Zoya Daniel Steele

Thank you Soumya.

The #TSBC A to Z Challenge: Shinjini’s List

We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. We present to you the second of the A to Z List of Books. This one’s from Shinjini.

Shinjini is a writer and editor by profession. She loves reading, photography and travel. You can find her on Modern Gypsy (http://peddlerofdreams.wordpress.com), where she showcases her love for the written word through book reviews, opinion pieces, travelogues and other randomness.

A Serpentine Affair Tina Seskis
Buck MK Asante
Curfewed Nights Basharat Perr
Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert
Feast of Roses Indu Suderasan
Gone with the Wind Margret Mitchelle
Harry Potter series JK Rowling
Immortality Milan Kundera
Journal of a Solitude May Sarton
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Late for Tea at the Deer Palace Tamara Chalabi
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Night Circus Erin Morgenstein
One Step too Far Tina Seskis
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
QB VII Leon Uris
Rage Wilbur Smith
Seven Years in Tibet Heinrich Harrer
The Wildings  Nilanjana Roy
Under The Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes
Veronica Decides to Die Paulo Coelho
What I loved Siri Hustvedt
X-Men Marvel Comics
You Believers Jane Bradley
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler

Thank you, Shinjini !

The #TSBC A to Z Challenge: Harshal’s List

We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. We present to you the first of the A to Z list of Books from Harshal.

Harshal is a self-confessed book nerd who has no specific reading interests — as long as there is ink on paper, he’ll be happy to read. Gleaning a gem of trivia from a mine of books is what gives him pleasure on a normal day.

Amul’s India: Based on 50 years of Amul advertising DY Works
Buy Jupiter & Other Stories Isaac Asimov
Contact Carl Sagan
Does He know a mother’s heart? Arun Shourie
English, August: An Indian Story Upamanyu Chatterjee
Forty Sufi Comics Mohammed Ali Vakil & Mohammed Arif Vakil
Goldfinger Ian Fleming
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling
It’s Not About The Bike Lance Armstrong
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata Devdutt Pattanaik
Kim Rudyard Kipling
Late Night Discussions on the Theory of Constraints Eliyahu M Goldratt
Man-Eaters of Kumaon Jim Corbett
Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less Jeffrey Archer
Ogilvy on Advertising David Ogilvy
Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan
Queen Sheba’s Ring Sir Henry Rider Haggard
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Special 26 Gabriel Khan
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
Ulysses James Joyce
Veronika Decides To Die Paulo Coelho
While the Light Lasts Agatha Christie
Xenocide Orson Scott Card
Youth Leo Tolstoy
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M Pirsig

Thank you, Harshal.