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In my search for more materials for learning Hindi, I came across the absolutely hilarious "Learn Hindi from Bollywood" podcasts. While it is not really useful for learning the language it is a riot to listen to not just because of the selections the author makes from films, but also because it comes replete with his hysterical commentary. I especially loved the one on rejection with the recounting of the rejections that a tender young author must go through. BRILLIANT.

I also bought a learn Hindi book today but I am sure it will not be nearly so much fun. (And some Dresden novels. I thought about getting some more of Kage Baker's Company novels, but although I am enjoying The Garden of Iden I think I could get tired of the main characters quite quickly. It's hard to really want to hear about people who are so superior to mortal people and so conscious of their superiority; they're just a bit too smug. But the novel is still really interesting.

Date: 2008-09-23 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cbackson.livejournal.com
I go through those Dresden Files novels in a sort of binge-drinking method--my parents buy them, and whenever I'm home, I read 3 or 4 at a stretch. They're not high art, but they're fabulously pulpy.

Date: 2008-09-23 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I find that they make excellent bus reading; entertaining, quick reading, and easy to carry around in my backpack.

Date: 2008-09-23 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirpunz.livejournal.com
Joseph is the main character in the 2nd novel, he is more fun than Mendoza though she comes back in the third. But yes, hearing how awesomely awesome being immortal is does get boring.

Date: 2008-09-23 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
It's hard to buy their superiority when they're so clueless sometimes - which might be the point, I guess. I don't know...I like the idea and the details and the non-immortals, but they're beginning to get on my nerves at this point.

Date: 2008-09-23 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatterpunk.livejournal.com
It's hard to buy their superiority when they're so clueless sometimes - which might be the point, I guess.


I'm not one to push the "keep reading until you like it" button, but you might just appreciate later novels more. Joseph is pretty cool, and Mendoza is much more full of self-recrimination in later novels.

Although I'm struggling with Machine's Child...

Date: 2008-09-23 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
How soon do you get payback for the smugness? At about 1/2 way into this I would have said it was great, but now much later I am getting a bit tired of the main characters and their lack of introspection. Or maybe that's just Mendoza's lack of introspection that she's projecting onto everyone?

Date: 2008-09-23 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatterpunk.livejournal.com
It's very much the latter. Something that might be said for Kage Baker is that she is very, VERY good at emulating voices, so Mendoza is a bit too believable as a self-obsessed teenager. I'm not familiar enough with your tastes to predict how you'll take later books, but she does change. Finish Iden and see how you feel then.

Date: 2008-09-23 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatterpunk.livejournal.com
Learn Hindi from Bollywood?!! OMG AWESOME WHERE?

Date: 2008-09-23 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyssa23.livejournal.com
I would like to know this as well. It is relevant to my interests. ^_^

Date: 2008-09-23 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Itunes or http://www.cuttingchai.com/HouseFull/

The narrator is awesome and the clips are hilarious. He told me how to curse everyone's blood! And also how to deal with crazy bosses - mainly by running.

Date: 2008-09-23 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
You can get it from itunes or here: http://www.cuttingchai.com/HouseFull/

You won't learn much Hindi (well, not much you can use) but it is great fun.

Date: 2008-09-23 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatterpunk.livejournal.com
No worries! I am already killing myself with learning Mandarin, I don't need functional Hindi skills. Only enough to say "Our love is like the rose that withers at dawn" to my boyfriend who is also the son of a gangster who killed my father.

Which reminds me, I am totally due for a Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai rewatch.


Date: 2008-09-23 10:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
It sounds like you're learning exactly what you need in order to communicate in Hindi. Anyways, isn't life just one big Bollywood movie? ;)

Date: 2008-09-25 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I shall certainly have a unique understanding of the language, that's for sure...


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