Saturday, July 14, 2007

I am back...

My absence from the blog world has stretched to more then three months now. A very long time by any standard. Initially, I thought I'll take a break from it for a short while and then resume blogging. But that break first stretched to one month, then two and then three...Its not that I didn't want to write, in fact, countless times I thought to writing a post but that never quite actually materialized.
Its like a story once I read through the chain forwarded emails that we keep getting everyday. I don't remember the full contents or the complete story. But, it was something like - I have a friend down the road whom I have not met for a long time... I will go and meet him I have to do this... I am very busy..I have to do that..but yes surely tomorrow... and the next day - the tomorrow becomes today, and again I have to do this, I have to do that...the tomorrow that I was supposed to meet my friend never arrives...
Procrastination is a very big weakness and I have been its victim for quite a long while now..
So, What changed it? Why are you reading this new post today? Why on 14th July 2007?What made me come out of my slumber? My hibernation?
No, no - the answer to that question has nothing to do with the date mentioned in the previous sentences. The date was just put there to have to have a little fun...
Yeah coming back to the reason - It was the book The Zahir. by Paulo Coelho. I just completed readng it a few hours ago. The book is terrific. I'll write about the book in another post But here I mention it just for the reason..In The Zahir, the author does everything else..but does not write a book. Finds every possible reason, not to write. The situation was something similar to mine and I connected with it immediately. The author had to travel through road to Santiago, Spain and after that he wrote a book. Of course, I didn't have to do such a thing. I just had to switch on the laptop and start typing.While reading the book, I got a strong feeling, to just stop reading the book there and then and write a post first. But then the rational mind popped its head that, its a weekend - you can very well complete the book first and then write the post immediately after that. As, the book was also becoming quite interesting.
So, here I am writing the post after completing the book. Intoxicated by the book? Yes, I am. Lot of varied thoughts and feelings going on in the mind. Its not that something entirely new is discussed in it. Almost everyone must have thought on similar lines in one or the other phase of life. Yet, it makes you seriously sit down and ponder on a lot of things. Anyway - leave Zahir for some other post.
During these months I have been dreaming of getting a cellphone with full keyboard and GPRS support, that I can write posts sitting anywhere and at any time, because many of the ideas and the urge to write come at places where you don't have access to any means for writing a post. Laptop is quite a bulky affair, which can't be carried everywhere and used with ease at all times. Nokia 9300/9300i was on the radar. I even bid for it on, but nothing materialized. I have junked the idea for the time being.
I have also found out that my thought process is much, much faster then the time it takes for me to write a post. I don't have much patience, so thats why many times I end up without writing anything. I don't even read my post again before posting it to weed out the grammatical errors. The same thing happened while i used to sit down and give 3 hours examinations in school and college. Even if I completed answering the paper well before the 3 hour time, I never quite re-read it for finding mistakes. What was done was done - I wanted to get over it - didn't have the patience to go through whole of it again.
So, thats the story so far. hope that I'll be regular from now on.


At 7:37 PM, Blogger ektaran said...

finally an update....& that too a long one....toh mazaa aaya!!!

have not read Zahir...don't plan to...cuz just can't read much of Coelho.

I am reading The Hungry Tide-Amitav Ghosh these days & loving it!!!

Hope to see regular updates here :-)


At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Deepak Jeswal said...

Welcome back!

I read The Kite Runner recently. That was a great and grand book. Do try to go through it also - it's an amazing novel!

Haven't read any of Paulo Coelho, so can't comment on him.

Reading one's own posts (or stories) is really tough. Even i can't do it. Though I'd do it after some days & then cringe at some of the errors! (That's why I feel so lucky to have Priyangini do the editing for my stories at least!)

Anyways, hope to see you regular now :)

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Juneli said...

Welcome Back :)

So you read this title and also liked it. I said na :).

And read other titles I recommended you. I'm sure you would love them too.

And about my readings list I will make a post :P

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Navjot Kashyap said...

Yes.. lambi post likho tabhi maza aata hai..
hat is this Hunger Tide about?
Yeah.. i hope I'll be regular from now on...

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Navjot Kashyap said...

Thanks DJ! Yes, I have read The Kite Runner.. I read your review also on are bang on point...yeah its amazing..
hope that I'll be least I plan to...

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Navjot Kashyap said...

Thanks for the welcome.
Thanks for referring the book..
yes, yes I'll read the other books too...
waiting for your post about your readings...


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