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A little bit about me and books:

Long long ago: 

I was a bookworm. I’d chew books at a rate faster than my parents wanted or liked. Mom prayed I wouldn’t get myopic and dad was worried I wasn’t working on the grades. The smell of paper was a holy experience. As holy as a child’s mind could get. Any written material was meant to be read, savored and digested. Alphabets were little soldiers of a crusade I led into my dreams. An escape from boring and occasionally difficult life events.

..and then adulthood and life happened. Chubby cheeks, toothless grins, diapers, mashed foods, ear infections, fights, travel, weight gains and losses, heel spurs, shifting homes across the Atlantic, and all I could hope to read were fat books that left nothing to imagination. Then again 4 years ago, I re-discovered books as something within me growing [literally and figuratively] and nagged at a lost happiness. To regain it, I made a valiant attempt as I’d tuck the kids in and read into the nights as my bulging belly and a sore back didn’t leave me much rest. Pain relief with such a nice side-effect, I was recommending it to all who’d care to listen. The cycle repeated and I had to let go. Again.

Once again, over the past months as I struggle to regain a balance in my harried life, I have turned again towards my first love. As with ex-lovers, re-establishing connections is awkward and wary. Fortunately, books don’t have any feelings apart from what we mirror into them. So, I have started to read again and just enjoy the pleasure of it more than wanting to gain anything beyond fleeting happiness up until the last page. I know there will come a time when I can look beyond mere words, and read what the spaces between the words also speak to me. I am in no rush.

I plan on writing my views on each book as I read them. Not one to critique as I do not have the experience, knowledge or the chutzpah to even begin to consider am worthy of such lofty ideas, the posts below would be just that. My own views. I hope to read a book in 2 weeks, some would take longer and some lesser, and I plan on making a post on each. The least it would do is to get me to focus on my writing.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Laksh March 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Rediscovered your blog today and am having fun. Your description above is something I can relate to so well. Looking forward to other reviews.

  • Reply rads March 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Laksh: As long as you are having fun .. :–)

  • Reply Harsha April 16, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Dear Rads,

    You are a gifted writer. You write very well – lucid, descriptive, flowery, colourful, expressive, rich and most of the times with unique thoughts.

    Have you ever considered taking up writing and publishing anything seriously? You have all the potential and you must cosider that.

    Your vocabulary is rich and you are capable of coining new phrases/idioms.

    I find your writing flawless. But I find it bit difficult when you use certain words/phrases which might be categorised as slang.(well, it is purely one’s point of view).

  • Reply rads April 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Harsha: Whoa! Even if you did mean only half of what wrote, am gonna save this in my “feel good” folder. That was more than high praise for something I don’t do consciously. Thank you.
    I wish I could pay more attention to what I write though, but I really don’t have the time. What I need is an editor. Yeah, thats who.
    Sorry, I think I was half speaking to myself up there.

    Absolutely appreciate what you said, and you sure made my day. 🙂

  • Reply AM I A HINDU? June 20, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Namasthe….I admire your capability to read many books in midst of your very busy life as a wife, mother,daughter, sister etc.

    Growing up in India in 50’s, I used to read at least a book in a week, but I am finding out today I cannot do so duty an extremely busy schedule.

    I really wish you could read my book AM I A HINDU? and let me know what you think about.

    Your kind opinions is very much important to me since I am in midst of publishing an extremely simple USER-FRIENDLY book about Bhagavad Gita.

    Thanks…May God bless you.

    aamiahindu@yahoo.com

  • Reply rads June 20, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Namasthe. Sure, will do!

  • Reply nrsl July 14, 2008 at 12:16 am

    “I know there will come a time when I can look beyond mere words, and read what the spaces between the words also speak to me.” I am sure you are doing it already, caught in the swirl of rolling pages that pack a surreal experience underneath..

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  • Reply Akshaya Shivkumar October 31, 2008 at 4:16 am

    I loved your blog.. am sure to spend many a evening waddling in your book reviews and fables..! 🙂
    Cheers, keep writing!
    Akshaya
    http://opalodyssey.wordpress.com

  • Reply WSW February 23, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Came here looking for a review of “The palace of illusions” Loved the book till now(have reached Panchali’s swayamwar)
    Was wondering what widget do you use to show the current book you are reading?Wordpress doesnt support any plugin so my googling has come to a naught.Would be great if you replied!

    TC!

    • Reply rads February 23, 2009 at 7:27 am

      WSW – You’ll like it further too 🙂

      No widget, just plain old img src “book name” tag. I adjust the width and height accordingly. Hope that helped? 🙂

  • Reply Rads March 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Rads,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog..i appreciate it…i’m as much interested in books too, though i prefer reading action packed thrillers n romatic fiction…love the way you described ur passion for reading…nice post…keep up the good work…

  • Reply Rads March 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I see that we share a same interest on photography too…wud love to bump into u on flickr…checking out ur stream… its quite good…

    • Reply rads March 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm

      ha, this is spooky! I was looking at your flickr stream just now! 🙂

  • Reply dinu May 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

    even though I am reading one of his books now, Paulo Cohelo no longer fascinates me ..

    Book Thief is on my reading list, pending .. going by reviews from other bloggers .. will read yours now 🙂

  • Reply Ms Taggart August 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Awesome.. though the same reasons as yours, even I have been separated from my first love for a period of two years or so.. and I have got back to it now.. juggling work, managing the house and keeping the marriage alive, I manage to read late into the nights… 🙂

    Btw, Geisha is one of my fave books!

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