Siandhara’s Staff Picks

by Siandhara Bonnet, Staff Writer

Book: Last week I read a book for my English class called The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Although it wasn’t written recently, it’s a good book and it still carries a universal meaning. The novel is about a young man named Dorian Gray who sits for a fabulous painter, Basil Hallward. One of Hallward’s friends, Lord Henry Wotton, sees one of the portraits that Basil had painted of Dorian, and requests to meet him. Dorian and Lord Henry strike up a fabulous friendship, but it changes Dorian in a way. It’s filled with love, loss, fights, murder. It’s a wonderful book, but I don’t recommend it to people with a fragile stomach.

Food: At home, I eat dinner with my family. My parents own a café (Tangent Café and Catering in the River Place office complex by Vandegrift High School), so every night we have a specific kind of thing; Monday is fish, Tuesday is chicken, Wednesday is pasta, Thursday is Tex-Mex, and Friday is comfort food. On the weekends, however, the café is closed, so we fend for ourselves. Instead of going out to by fast food, which we do sometimes, we make dinner. Last weekend, my mum made chicken curry. It was delicious! Curry is an Indian dish that can be spicy or not. If you can’t find a recipe online, or if you really don’t want to make anything, there’s an Indian restaurant in Round Rock called Teji’s that has curry and some other Indian dishes, but make sure you know what you’re ordering because it might burn your tongue off!

Music: Oh, music, how I love thee. Music is, in my opinion, one of the greatest things in the world. I love listening to The Beatles, Maroon 5, 3 Doors down, We the Kings, but I pretty much listen to just about anything, except for country. Recently, my favorite song by 3 Doors Down has been Kryptonite. It reminded me of another song at first, but good music is good music. I definitely recommend it to other people.

Movie: As most of you know, last weekend was the Red River Rivalry. After UT’s crushing defeat, my family and I watched The Replacements. The movie is about a retired football player (played by Keanu Reeves), and a chance for the replacement players to play as pro-players because of the protesting from the regular players. There’s a bar fight, music, a deaf receiver, and a huge comedy factor. I recommend to everyone, but there is a little bit of foul language.