September 15, 2009

BBAW Blogger Interview Swap

BBAWAs part of this year's BBAW, I participated in the Interview Swap, and I got to meet the lovely Hazra from Advance Booking and interview her. This is my first year participating on BBAW, so I was super excited about doing this interview with Hazra. Enjoy!


Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Talkative, fun-loving, sarcastic and quite crazy.

What made you want to blog? And, why books?
Well, I first started blogging because everybody I knew had a blog (you can’t really escape peer pressure anywhere, can you?). I didn’t want to have a journal-style blog or anything, because that seemed a little narcissistic to me. So I thought I’d blog about books because I read a lot. My conversation starter is usually “What book have you read lately?” And since there is only so many times you can tell your friends about what you read and how you found it, I thought the blog would be the best place for me to discuss about books at length without other people changing the subject.

What’s the last book you read that made you think ‘I have to tell someone about this book’?
That would be “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. I loved the book; the voice of the character was unique.

From your blog, I gathered you also like movies, what’s the best movie you have seen in the past year?
I’d say Wolverine and Star Trek; I’m a huge action movie fan. Among Hindi movies, it would be Kaminey.

Besides Movies and Books, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
I like listening to music, especially Indian classical music, which I find very soothing. I write a business blog Acerbiz, where I write about the latest developments in the corporate world. I also enjoy fiddling around with electronic circuits.

What are your favorite and least favorite book genres and why?
My favorite genre would be fantasy. I think that fantasy is a area where the author’s creativity is free to run amok. I really love reading about different worlds the authors think up. I also like literary fiction, because most of the books I’ve read have been very well-written.

I fall asleep over self-help books; I just find them very boring. I also don’t read much romance. I wouldn’t say I dislike the genre, but the few romantic books I’ve read disappointed me. There are exceptions, of course, I enjoyed Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts.

As to why, I grew up amidst male cousins, reading a lot of “guy” books: thrillers, mystery and the like, so romantic books haven’t been around. But you’ve given me quite a lot of recommendations which I must check out, so I’m not writing off romance as my least favorite.

What author, dead or alive, would you most like to meet?
I’d love to meet Roald Dahl; he’s one of my favorite authors.

Right now, what book are you eagerly waiting for?
Among new releases, I’m waiting to read Fire by Kristin Cashore (I haven’t read Graceling, but since this is a prequel, I don’t think there will be any loss of continuity), Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Among other recent books, it would be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

What’s the part you like the best about blogging?
I think I love meeting new people. The blogosphere has booklovers from around the world; talking with them and hearing what they have to say gives me a new perspective of things. And looking at how prolific some readers are, I’ve been inspired to read more.

Over all, how has your blogging experience been?


Well, that's pretty much it for this post. Again, it was great fun to do this and I want to thank Hazra for the interview.


PS - Let me know about your own interviews by saying Hi! to Mr. Linky

1 comment:

  1. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT is definitely a book to discuss. And I LOVED the Star Trek movie and the Guernsey book too. :)


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