Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pensiamento Fantastico: Reading

Sometimes, it might be a chance meeting or a coincidence that connects you with someone who really appreciates the books that you love or the words that you like or even the crazy feeling of Nodens Tollens , (a word that a friend shared with me today) which means “the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore and that it requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure”. 

When this strange chemistry happens between a booklover and me, I am so ecstatic that I lose my concentration on day-to-day life.  At times, when I discuss books, some friends show surprise, sighing and implying that I am a lucky bitch to sit and read whatever I like whenever I want. But then, I think I do it at the cost of television, films and even life, which I don’t think might sound convincing to others. 

Many women complain that they lack time to read or that they don’t have a place to sit quietly and read. What they probably meant was that they could not possibly carry all the books that they wanted to read to a place where they can sit and read. That kind of a bliss of being far away from the maddening crowd of family and friends happens only to a few people, according to them. But on the other hand, what I thought of was that my best reading experiences were at the unlikeliest places and times possible. 

During most summer vacations, our family visited my mother’s friends, who had a huge collection of books at home that satiated our reading appetites. Once, they took my brother and me to a library, where I think I sat and read for around half an hour completely losing my sense of time. Another favourite space was obviously the dentist’s reception, where I had my weekly appointments for the braces. Sometimes, I hated it when my turn came to go inside. 

It was only last week that while waiting for someone to arrive in the reception of the office that I managed to read an Outlook Special Edition on Shakespeare and his contribution to the English language because of the ambience that the place had. But then, there were times when I could skip my beauty sleep to sit and read till the wee hours in the morning and still manage to look presentable in the morning. But now, if beauty and sleep are directly proportional, then I will be the most beautiful woman in the whole world. 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.


Anupama Varma said...

Delightful !
Even if reading is done at the cost of tv and films, tis worth it :)

anjali dev said...

Loved it ! Especially the end :)