Monday, October 29, 2007

Book-Cover Tag

Lots of pending works to catch up, have been quite busy. Professionally somehow managing it though a trip to Europe is again on the cards. And on personal front ? Oh well, Diwali shopping tops the pending list. :)
Also, with Indo-Pak series approaching fast, I fully suspect my company’s intentions for planning my tour around that time.

And here in blogosphere.. so many things to write about but just not getting time to really sit and collect my thoughts. Have been invited to write permanent cols in 2 different forums as well.
Somehow managing to put these small posts to keep this blog alive. And one of the ways is to do pending tags (11 to be precise). So I thought to start with them and I must say I loved doing this one. Once again the tagger is none other than Fleiger. Ok without wasting time, the rules first.

Rule (there is only one):

Go to the advanced book search on Amazon, type your first name into the Title field, and post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up.

Well, here I am going to talk about two books.

First I checked for my name Cuckoo and what I got was the famous but very common book cover “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. Naah, this is not the “most interesting/amusing” cover I wanted to have. Then I saw another book which looked more interesting/amusing to me. The book is “The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage” by Clifford Stoll.

The Cuckoo's Egg is about tracking down computer criminals. A 75-cent discrepancy in billing for computer time led Stoll, an astrophysicist working as a systems manager at a California laboratory, on a quest that reads with the tension and excitement of a fictional thriller. Painstakingly he tracked down a hacker who was attempting to access American computer networks, in particular those involved with national security, and actually reached into an estimated 30 of the 450 systems he attacked. Initially Stroll waged a lone battle, his employers begrudging him the time spent on his search and several government agencies refused to cooperate. But his diligence paid off and the hacker, who was involved with a spy ring, tracked down the book is a hit & best appreciated by the computer literates.

Then out of curiosity, I searched for “Koyal”, Hindi version of Cuckoo. And wow ! What I got was a very interesting book again.

The book is “Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet” by Kashmira Sheth.

The story is about a dark skinned 16 years old girl Jeeta and her life in a small apartment in Mumbai. She is well-developed as a strong, independent teenager looking to find her own way of reconciling her dreams and the expectations of her family. She grows up with the conflict between old beliefs and customs and the modern world.
Jeeta, after having watched the family go through countless interviews with prospective grooms, doesn't want to have her husband selected for her. There is a certain boy who holds her interest, but her friendship with him remains a secret from her family. With the support of her best friend from school, Jeeta discovers that there are many more open doors for her than she suspected.

I guess both the books must be good reads. I have noted them down, will definitely read them. *Sigh* Sigma will know why I did that.

Now, the most interesting part of tags. (Mischievous smile)
It is time to tag people. The list is as follows.

1. Ajeya – I am sure your name will have many books. Come back from your vacation & do this. No hurries.
2. Ashutosh – After that serious post of yours, here’s something light to write about. Make this your next post. Let us see what your name brings us.
3. Adi/Deepti – Oh I can’t separate you two. Anyone or both of you can do this tag. Pretty easy and both of you are going to get plenty of book covers. I am hoping that you get both the names on one single cover. :)
4. Beast – I know of your very high interest in book reading. ;) Don’t worry your name search on Amazon has nothing to do with your reading habit.
5. Hpy – This is going to be fun for you. Search for your real name on Amazon & publish the book cover. That’s it. ;)
6. Pijush – I know you are going to enjoy this tag. If in doubt, ask me how to go about it.
7. Sigma – Oh your real name will sure bring the best book covers. Go ahead.

And anyone who wants to have the pleasure of seeing their names on book covers, I throw the tag open though I know names like Alpine, Aditi, Alok, Abhi, Craver, KT, Priyank will fetch good results.
Never mind, one more tag on books is on the way.. Go figure... :)

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Peter said...

Always full of ideas and enthusiasm! I will follow up closely!
Will your Europe tour include Paris by any chance?

starry nights said...

Interesting Tag cuckoo and I think I would love to read the book Koyal.sounds interesting.anyway put it on my list of books to read which is a mile long.thanks.

Sigma said...

Ah! I am victimized by Cuckoo!! But I amn't going to pray for rescue, since this is easy and interesting for a bibliophile like me :-)

And a suggestion - could you please link the sites to the names of your "victims" (since you do not favor blogroll) in the tag posts, I would like to check out their responses to the tags, but I havent visited many of them earlier.

Anonymous said...

I was abt to same the same. links for the people whom you have tagged and also for the amazon search would be great !!

thanks for dropping in :) will check out your poems as well

AJEYA RAO said...

Well, I tried my luck but found two books but both did not have a front cover! :-( I did not get any more info on them either...Seems like my name isnt that popular for book titles. :-)

So I leave them here at the comment -

Ajeya bharat: Shakti
Bharata ki ajeya nausena


Well i have sent you mentioned my email id in the comment at my send me info on Nasik. I do have change in plans and may not be going to ansik this time, but it will be helpful in future trip plans for sure. Thanks.

Abhijit said...

I did try my name in search box. Nothing interesting found...:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cuckoo,
Finally, im able to land at your know, for around last 1 and a half month, i tried opening your blog but everytime, i opened it, the windows shuts automatically, in between of the process, and everytime i replied to your comment on my blog only, hoping you will read ones and may be i get to know the reason...

Anyways, The tag is interesting and i thing the secong book "koyal Dark, mango sweet" is gonna b every interesting book of pychology of a dark, independent girl..will definetly have a catch once i got the time..
Take care and God bless you..

Anjuli said...

Poor me, I don't know what a Tag is :-(

What is it?

came to your blog thru backpakker's blog...

Pijush said...

Cuckoo, Thanks for Tagging me, here is my result after searching with GOBA :-)
Yes I agree that we get less time here for blogging and life become hectic. So not that active in blogosphere as I was before.
Congrats!! Your Profile has 10000 hits and I was the lucky one :-)

hpy said...

I'll do it. I already found the book, and I even have something to say about it even though I haven't read it, so I'll do it, but not tomorrow, and not the day after tomorrow.
And yes, it would be nice to se the other replies as well, so please give us the links to everybody!

SiD said...

mere naam se to badi ho boring type books aati hain :(... ;)

Maverick said...

"Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist" is the most interesting book i found :)

My real name ofcourse didnt fetch me any results :(

Craver Vii said...

My friend, you have an interesting name. I tried this with my own name, and (yawn) it wasn't so interesting.

Iceman said...

Hahaha... nice one...
all i can say is...


Happy reading! LOLZ

Cuckoo said...

Thank you.
No Peter, I won’t be visiting France. If time permits I’ll go to Lille for one day.

Thank you. Yes, the book sounds interesting. I’ve also put it on my ‘to be read’ list. :-)

That’s the way girl ! I had full faith in you.
Oh I’ll do it, give me sometime. Too busy. BTW, half of them have already replied here in comments section. If you want to make use of that… ;)

You want link to amazon ?? Quite amazing. ;)

Oh thanks for showing me the way to your blog by commenting here. My wishes are always with you.

Keep smiling.

You disappointed me. :( After much thought I gave your name, thought it would be very popular.

Thanks. I have yet to note it down & write a mail. Now since you are in no hurry, allow me to take my own sweet time. ;)

Cuckoo said...

You are also disappointing me. :( Such a nice name & no books ? Strange.

Now, which Mona are you ? I have two coming to my blog. :D

Glad that you could comment this time. It was probably because of missing children’s info which was creating problem.

Yes, I also liked the ‘Koyal’ book and that is why it made its place here on my blog and now it has become everybody’s choice. :-)

Welcome to my blog. I’ll visit yours in a few days time. At present too busy to do blog hopping.

What is a tag ? New Blogger, eh ?
Keep watching my place. Lots of them are on their way. I’ll also tag you so that you have first hand experience. :-)

That’s like a good boy. You were quite fast. It was me who took time to see it.

Thanks again for doing it. Isn’t it fun ? I'll give you some more. Just tell me your interests because I have many on different topics. :-)
Reading, eating, thinking... :-)

No hurries, sweet lady. Take your time.

Cuckoo said...

I thought you were kidding, so checked it myself. Yes, no interesting books. Itta vadiya naam aur koi book nahi ? I am surprised.

Aah ! I was banking on your real name ! So sad. :(

Oh my dear friend. Don’t make me yawn now. ;)
You too have disappointed me. :(

Ha ha…

I knew it. I just knew it. Lolz…

Craver Vii said...

Oops... How did I disappoint?

Craver Vii said...

And can I make up for it?

Anonymous said...

Cuckoo darling ..i was nt asking link for amazon ..but the link to the bloggers whom you have taagged :)

aub hawa saaf ho gayi na ? clear hai ? :D :d

hpy said...


Raghu said...

He he!!! Nice stuff.....
I did search in Amazon and got this result
The dynasty of Raghu - By kalidasa(Wow!!!!) but it didn't have a front cover.

Cuckoo said...

No friend, you can't do much about it if your name refuses to appear on a book cover. ;)

and also for the amazon search would be great.. I am talking about this part. Ab clear hai ? :P

Yeah, saw it & commented too.
Thank you.

That's a nice book !!

BTW, do you have a blog ? Because I can't see any on your profile.

Thanks for coming. Keep visiting.

Anonymous said...

woow im interested in 16 years old Jeeta-chan in Mumbasi :P
u hit greats books!! and i want to know ur real name too. hehe

ashes said...

Finally did the tag here.

It was indeed fun, with so many search results on my pseudo name.

Thanks. However, I couldn't pass it on to any bloggers. Did I flout too many of the etiquettes?

adi said...

thanks for the words :)
will be doing it, but how soon, dont know, u pls tc, and do keep posting.
lots of love to hum-tum, from both of us.