Monday, November 09, 2009

Dream on....

So, what is it about writing?
Really, what is it all about?

I read moving stories, i feel extremely touched by it, you can even find me weeping in a corner with a book in hand, trying to hide the tears but i will never ever be able to write a sentimental story or anything sentimental for that matter.

Just can't.
Not that i want to. Although my love of writing goes very far, too far sometimes.... ummm.............

I don't think i'm making any sense. Let's try that again people....

I hate reading newspapers. I hate it. When I was student of literature, i could never pick up a newspaper and read. Not even when i became a student of Journalism! You would think that one who loves to read would do it, but not me. No.
I tried several times, i keep trying but i know i am just pretending to be interested in NY Times while all i want to do is run as far away from reality as possible. I am not just the kind i suppose. Anything that reminds me of the reality that surrounds me can be uninteresting. I don't like conversations surrounding the sale at Macy's and JC Penny's. I would automatically tune off. Why? I do enjoy a good buy but hate to talk about it. Isn't that odd?
Forget the buying, it is the reading that really bothers me... 'Bothers' might not be the right word, it is the reading that 'irks' me. Are irks and bothers the same? I don't know, but I'm sure you get my drift.

So, here it comes, no realities, no newspaper, probably includes a lot of magazines, many novels, short stories.... all thrown out of the window. Lets see, what am i left with? Some Period Drama, Sci fi, Supernatural, sometimes even religious stuff if it carries some intrigue, sometimes a good mass fiction, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. But the only problem is, i like to read a well-written book. In these categories, period drama is easy, you'll find a lot of good material but in the other two categories, it could get challenging. Loved / love J.K. Rowling, like Asimov, Jeffrey Archer was interesting but what about a zillion other new/ old authors. Tried Salman Rushdie, couldn't go beyond 100 pages. maybe because, he talks about Indian history that is too close to my reality, tried Gabriel Garcia Marquez, started with 100 years of solitude, didn't like it. Eventhough it has a lot of aspects that i like, quirky stories, supernatural stuff, out of reality etc. etc., it still didn't cut it. Oh, did i say that i despise Dan Brown's books. Da Vinci Code was tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me. Yes, love Jane Austen. I truly enjoyed Hitchhikers guide....... it was such a laugh. It had something very special. And surprise surprise love Arundathy Roy's, God of Small things. Me, an avid Indian writer hater, loved Roy's work, forgot the story completely, read it some 8 years ago, i just remember liking it so much. Her style of writing was awesome. I'm yet to come across a more original style. She truly stood apart. This you see defies my earlier theory of me not liking stories placed in the real world. God of Small things is very real, yet i loved it. Again liked kite runner and a thousand splendid suns. All very real. Alchemist was just okay. So you see my difficulty here, i find it extremely difficult to pick up a book to read. So damn hard. I end up reading the same books again and again, but then there is this element of fear that i should not end up being bored with the books i once loved. So i try not to over do it.

Is there a solution? Oh just remembered loved The agony and the ecstasy. That's it. Now that i have my dislikes and likes in dear old words, i want to pick up some 10 books and curl up in a corner and read. But i can't seem to find any that fits my bill. What do i do?

You'll find two big open cupboards in my rented apartment filled with books. Not one serves my purpose. maybe i should throw them all out you say? Nah, presents a great image of myself to my visitors so i tend to keep them all. How vain? I know. That's the absolute truth, stacks of books make me feel so good about myself. And everybody knows i enjoy reading but they should not think of gifting me with one, too complicated!

Well, suggestions, if people still pop in here now and then, are welcome! :)



12 Comments:

At 3:53 AM, Blogger VickY said...

I am not such a reader like you...
but i liked the Twilight series...
i guess u must have already read it.

:)

tc

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Reflections said...

Oh I dont mind newspapers but not for the hard news exactly...more for the reader's views, cartoons, sudoku and for the odd news like 78 yr old gives birth to octuplets or 14 yr old sails around the sail...knw what I mean;-P

Books, I used to be crazy abt but now I'm more mature abt it...but for Harry Potter series which I religiously read atleast once every year. Dan Brown is good tho I feel all of his books are abt codes and ciphers...still they r interesting.

As for ur question...are u asking abt the latest books????
People are talking Chetan Bhagat's latest book "2 states".
And have u tried Vikran Seth???? Vaguely remember somebody saying its ok. Chk out a review anyways.
If I think of anything else I'll let u knw.

Good to see u back:-))!!!!

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew, You Started Blogging Again... I was in half a mind to fly a helicopter and hover near you window as an inspiration :) Big B

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger m.flowerr said...

Oh, that was such a direct hit on the point post.Loved reading it completely.Good one!

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

Thank guys for still remembering me......

Vicky: Yes, i actually checked out a few excerpts after i saw ur comment. I have not read twilight, although it is so big in the US. It is kind of tennagishy right.... not sure if i'll like that. Depth is missing. But I'm gonna give it a try. thanks for the reminder..

Reflections: Hey, 'Chetan bagat' yeah, i know, too indiannish... don't want to try. Liked Vikram Seth. I read his 'suitable boy'. it was such a huge book. HUGE! but finished it nevertheless. Again he had the typical indian way of writing. Having lived in India, i couldn't connect to many of his characters, they felt 'unreal' as if he is targeting non-indian audiences, making an exotic presentation of India, which i know is not true... but liked the novel, overall. Anybody else....

Big B: Yep, when i'm in an extremely foul mood, i feel like connecting with people.... he he heee

m.flowerr: hey, good to see you. Yeah, did not stop to edit, hit publish without thinking. When i read the post now, i realise i sound like a spoilt teenager he he heee. I like it... should do it more often i think...

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

Of course people still pop in here now and then (or you pop into their readers/feeds hehe).

I can't really recommend anything I guess. I generally only end up reading very popular fiction books. Michael Crichton being one of my favourite. And since I am such a big 'crime fighting' buff I read a bunch of Jeffrey Deaver (at least his Lincoln Rhyme series - deals mainly with forensics but like for the layman). You should check out some work of Anita Desai (but again not sure if you would like it). Tuesday with Morrie, To kill a mockingbird are a few others but I would assume you would have read them already. Haha or maybe just some chicken soup for the soul ;)

 
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At 3:58 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

Ha haaa....Good one there Deepali. Esp chicken soup... yup i like them. Could be quite inspiring.... As for Anita Desai, i read one of hers while back in India, hated it. I completed it 'cos i bought that just before staring on a lonely train journey... Tues with Morrie... well, i read 5 ppl u meet in heaven by the same author but know what the author is a 'Sports centre' reporter. It kinda feels fake to me after seeing him on TV reporting on Sports every day! I like mass fic yes..... haven't read jeff deaver tho'... will chk it out...

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Reflections said...

U've been awarded:-)!!!!

 
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At 1:06 PM, Blogger simpsimply said...

Preeths, Chetan Bhagat is alright in my opinion. If not great, surely more readable than Salman Rushdie , Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri and the rest of the (Indian) Booker winners.
Have read his ' Five point Someone' - starts hilariously but goes over the top, and ' 3 mistakes of my life' which is more realistic. Check out my review http://simpsimply.blogspot.com/2009/01/white-tiger-and-3-mistakes.html when you feel like it.

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

Yo Sowms... really? ok, will give it a try... and check your link

 

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