5I am a marketing professional stuck between my lust for reading and traveling.
Things you might be curious about:
- My Website and online persona Beedi Queen was born as a quirky name that a friend had used for me when I told him a story about a 110-year-old grandmother in our village whom I always obliged with a packet of Beedi, which was the only thing she ever asked of me. Beedi is a rural substitute for a cigarette, made of tendu leaves and tobacco. My brand name BEEDI QUEEN does not mean that I consume, or endorse smoking Beedis.
- I hail from Assam. My parents were born in a sleepy village called Hailakandi near the border of Bangladesh. My native language is Sylheti. I am sure you never heard that language. It is a raw, coarser dialect of Bengali.
- I work full-time as a Product Marketer in Chennai. I manage to travel by clubbing together leaves and holidays. I do not take any unnecessary leaves at work except for the sole purpose of travel. I manage this blog during the weekends that I do not travel, or at late nights after work.
- I am a writer and I am working on my first novel.
- I have a dream to travel to all the countries in the world.
- I have a goal to inspire you, my reader to travel more, read more and live more.
To travel with me virtually and to get reading recommendations, follow me on Instagram.
My upcoming travel plans for 2017:
- Trip back home in North-East in June end during Eid. I would be traveling to Hailakandi via Meghalaya, and
hope to do cross-country crossing into Bangladesh.July update: I could not cross over to Bangladesh due to some last minute hassle in the visa procedure. You can submit the docs only in Delhi, Calcutta or Agartala embassies. With no online visa process available, it is a cumbersome thing for Indians.
- Travel to Indonesia in October.
- Travel to Sri Lanka in December holidays.
Apart from these major ones, many weekend trips which are as yet unplanned, within India.
My Reading goals for 2017:
52 books in 2017.
Progress meter – I have read 45 books as on August end.
Books Author 1 The Wasted Vigil Nadeem Aslam 2 The Cement Garden Ian McEwan 3 Boats On Land Janice Pariat 4 Fried Green Tomatoes on a Whistle Stop Cafe Fannie Flagg 5 When Breath becomes Air Paul Kalanithi 6 Regeneration Pat Barker 7 Laburnum for My Head Temsula Ao 8 The old man and the sea Ernest Hemingway 9 Legends of Pensam Mamang Dai 10 The Book Thief Markus Zusak 11 Metamorphosis Franz Kafka 12 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga 13 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff 14 Animal farm George Orwell 15 A handmaid’s tale Margaret Atwood 16 The Blaft book of Mizo Myths Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte 17 Legends of Khasak O.V Vijayan 18 The Beach Alex Garland 19 One part woman Perumal Murugan 20 Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri 21 To the lighthouse Virginia Woolf 22 A room with a view E M Forster 23 Interpreter of maladies Jhumpa Lahiri 24 The inheritance of loss Kiran Desai 25 These hills called home Temsula Ao 26 Notes from a small island Yann Martel 27 LIfe Of Pi Bill Bryson 28 Seahorse Janice Pariat 29 The Vegetarian Han Kang 30 The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy 31 Ghachar Ghochar Vivek Shanbag 32 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid 33 One flew over the cuckoo’s nest Ken Kesey 34 Em and the big Hoom Jerry Pinto 35 Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway 36 In Other Words Jhumpa Lahiri 37 Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 38 Train to Pakistan Khushwant Singh 39 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger 40 Kissing the Demon Amrita Kumar 41 Foundation (1951) Isaac Asimov 42 Best of Guy De Maupassant Guy De Maupassant 43 Looking for Alaska John Green 44 Foundation and Empire (1952) Isaac Asimov 45 bird by bird Anne Lamott