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Puppets, all of us

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

I had tried to read a graphic novel a few years ago, and put it back within a few pages – and assured myself that they are not for me. I didn’t miss them either – content with reading prose the way I have always done.

But a couple of weeks ago, I chanced upon “Watchmen”. It is a Hugo award winner – and therefore I decided to give it a try. It’s just over an inch thick, and I gave myself a week to finish reading it.

To make a long story short – I couldn’t keep it down at all; I stayed up until the wee hours and finished it in one sitting. It has the power to immerse you into itself and spit you back into reality after the last page. Like a Stephen King novel, you may say.

Looking back, I think I consumed it like I eat ice-cream, gulping great dollops like there’s no tomorrow. For the next reading, I think I’ll go through it like my wife eats chocolates – savoring every tiny morsel and licking her fingers clean.

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A tough choice

February 1, 2013 3 comments

Should you do:

  1. What you want to do?
  2. What you think your audience wants you to do?
  3. What your audience actually wants?

It’s a tough choice, isn’t it? I think the best thing that can happen is for #1 and #3 to coincide.

My fingers are crossed.

NanoRebel

November 1, 2012 5 comments

NanoRebel:

NaNo Rebel is a NaNoWriMo participant who chooses to write something besides a novel of at least 50,000 words from scratch in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to continue a novel by invoking the Zokutou clause, while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.

Thought for the day

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Experience and treachery will always triumph over youth and enthusiasm

– Anonymous (a.k.a. I don’t know yet)

Lightning on the wave

October 28, 2011 7 comments

Limyaael.

Have you heard about her? Read about her at least?

She has written a few books, and the one I am reading right now is  her Harry Potter fan fiction: Saving Connor

I normally don’t go after fan fiction, but let me tell you – Limyaael is different. This book is extremely well written. In fact, I can almost challenge you – try and stop reading after the first two chapters. If you like the original HP series, I am sure you won’t be able to.

Ah yes, she was also an extremely opinionated person who regularly dished out “rants” – 424 of them to be precise. And then one day, she disappeared off the face of the internet. No one knows what happened. But wherever she is, I am sure that she is living a happy life – after all, so many people have her in their hearts.

Emptiness

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

If you had one room for your own – one empty room to begin with – how would you decorate it?

A sofa set or a lounger? An LCD TV or a Home Theater system? Or both? A gathering place for friends, or a place to seek solitude?

Let me tell you how I would do it.

The room will have a muted color on the walls. If you peek out of the French windows, a small path will lead your eyes through a lush green lawn to the wooden fence. At the end of the fence will be a pool full of white lotuses, with a small bridge going from one side to the other – just wide enough for the little animals to use.

Inside the room, the atmosphere would be more spartan. In one corner would be a shelf with a small selection of books. By its side, a laptop with my favorite music and movies. And oh yes, a pair of headphones too. In another corner would be a French Press, a jar of fine Arabica and a set of coffee cups.

Finally, a small portable lamp in case you want to read when it’s dark outside.

Books, music and coffee – if that won’t get you satisfaction, nothing else will.

Growing up

September 22, 2011 8 comments

Bored, frustrated, irritated, cross, angry and any other similar adjective that you can think of. And when you are in such a mood, what better can you do than listen to some music? I pulled together a quick playlist and Metallica started singing “To Live is to Die.”

As I listened to it, I suddenly realized that there are so many things that I haven’t done in a long time:

  • Sitting by the window, just watching the rain fall
  • Getting lost in a book
  • Staring at ants going about their business
  • Laughing to your heart’s content
  • Counting the rain drops on the leaves after a shower
  • Admiring the innards of a machine

When will I do any of these next? I don’t know, but if it does happen I’ll write about it for sure.

Promise.