Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
While The White Tiger was still in the run for the prize along with The Sea of Poppies, i came across some articles on these. Some journalists as well as fellow bloggers had commented on the rise of the Indian authors and how the world had started looking at Indian Fiction pieces as real art. However there was a counter agreement that most of the books of authors of Indian origin do well on the basic premise that these portray India as a third world developing country which is, on one side lauded as a technology superpower and on the other hand is gravely poverty stricken. The stark gap in these two Indias makes the book or the story an astonishing read for the western world. While most would argue that it may not be the best way to depict your motherland (My friend also commented on this in her blog) but we also need to agree that a majority of the state of affairs in our country are like this only!!!
The authors draw inspiration for their plots from their surroundings (at least i would like to think that) though am not sure about Mr. Adiga, Mr. Ghosh or Ms. Lahiri. I have been trying to pen down some thing myself and i have realised that the vast cultures and the stark happenings in our very own great nation provide great fodder for these stories. Indian authors are known for their humane stories and emotive abilities. The twists, twirls and tears in these stories do come from the people around. I have been in Mumbai for four years and every time I am standing on the Andheri station, i see hundreds of people around, hundreds of characters for hundreds of my plots; each one unique with a different tale to tell. Slumdog Millionaire won Golden Globe, depicting the life of a slum boy. For someone who has been to Mumbai even once in their lifetime, is it possible to overlook the slums spread all over? I guess not. This is a part of the answer to the question of why such stories and why such depiction of India. Our leaders have been glorifying the nation in the past and would continue to do so but it is we who know what it is like. So why blame the authors? It would be wrong to say that they are cashing on the deprived state of the country by trying to sell it. At least their hardwork is being recognised and rewarded and the Indian publishing industry is flourishing. Isn't it?
On a recent trip to Bangalore, a friend of mine gifted this book to me. Apparently Ms. Murthy is also based in B'lore. I guess this tendency of linking things come to the fore with me at times! Anways, the book is a collection of short stories or rather real life instances that happened with her over a period of number of years and have been penned down in a very simplistic manner. That's why it has been published by Puffin instead of Penguin. After reading it through, i was sure that these stories are not just meant for the children. And when i say children, that does not necessarily mean me! My mother had finished her marathi book by that time and i suggested her to read this one. Apparently, she loved the stories and instances and could relate to it much more that i did! I have not come across many books that would be equally liked by two generations. I could not say the same for one of my other favorites...The White Tiger!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Raju Raju sat on the wall
Raju Raju had a great fall
Balance sheet died
Raju Raju made a fraud....
Raju Raju....Yes baba
Cheating us...No baba
Telling Lies...No baba
Open the balance sheet...HA HA HA
I am feeling bad for the 50k plus Satyam employees who are stranded because the wrong doing of the management. We employees get so content when our salaries get credited in our accounts at the end of each month. Our hearts get filled with sheer joy when the SMS from the bank comes. I wonder if even Mr. Raju felt the same everytime he saw his fraudulent balance sheet!!!
Monday, January 12, 2009
I at times wonder why people are so fond of blogging. A free medium of expression with no boundaries, and that too with an option of anonymity, what else can you ask for? One can write anything that he/she may wish for without thinking what the reader may think about him/her. It has become a mass hysteria... oops, am sorry! Hysteria is not a right word as it has negative connotations. It is descibed as a mental disorder. Bloggers would kill me for this and that too on my first (new) day on blogger. Phenomenon suits better. Thanks to farlex!!! Has this happenned to you too? When you were indulged in a thought process way too deep and trying in a rush to communicate it, you used words which had the exact opposite meaning of what you wanted to say.
Another example: While i was in the middle of listening to a friend, describing how a character in one of his stories was furious when he thought about something, he worte "his apathy..." and later on realised that it should have been "his antipathy..." These 2 words, though sound similar, mean two ends.
Apathy: Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; a state of indifference. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
Antipathy: A strong feeling of aversion or repugnance or in simple words, a feeling of strong dislike
I guess we still fare better on these. How about the Chinese trying their hands on these???
I felt gratified that something not so random came out of this...however this trance did not last long. The inherent pressures of making a first post haunted my mental foregrounds and i started thinking what to write? A thank you note for the people who had introduced me to this some years back or about the boredom faced in reading your own blog or just something random again?
Somehow I made the first post and then came the time for the second. I really wanted to write something good but the problem persisted. What to write??? I kept thinking about it... Is it the day or the time or just me? But when i scroll up, i see i have made a post and another one. Guess that's all for a continuum!
All it took was some persuasion from one friend and a good post from the other...
Though the "All it took" wasn't that simple... some would agree (I am sure)
I follow blogs regularly though...
I hope my zeal to blog continues...
Till then Happy blogging...