Monday, August 25, 2008

Trashy Tales!

With lectures barely happening once a week (and I bunk even that), I don’t know what to do with my free time. Yeah going home is an option which has been exercised far too often, and the thought of a long journey puts me off. As you can see, the lack of academic activity is making me extremely lazy as well. And am completely broke, so no money to go shopping or eating out either. Sleeping, eating sad mess/café food, gym, jogging and swimming take up some time, but the rest of the time I am lazing around on my bed, reading trashy literature. Yeah, that’s my new obsession: devoting hours on shallow, feel-good fiction by young Indian authors, still trying to find their feet. Well, since I aspire to be in their category in a few years, I am lending them some support. So in the last week itself, I have finished half-a-dozen books like ‘Joker in the Pack’, ‘Keep off the Grass’, ‘Bombay Rains Bombay Girls’, ‘Almost Single’, “Above Average’ and yesterday I finished “You are Here’, which was launched the day before! This is the book based on the blog of Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, more famous as the compulsive confessor. While these are nice easy reads, complete no-brainer, extremely alike in their tone and setting, they don’t particularly offer the kind of satisfaction you derive from reading good literature. The protagonists are uncannily similar in their lifestyle, their ambitions, their trials and tribulations- they are young people in their twenties, educated, independent, urbane, rich, successful in their own fields, with too much money and no idea what to do with it. Yeah, I identify with them at some level, especially as most of them are still disillusioned in spite of being sucessful- looking for a passion in their lives. Yeah, my dad totally disapproves of my reading tastes (or the lack of it), but I still can’t give up on it. What began as a fleeting interest after reading Chetan Bhagat’s “Five Point Someone” has steadily developed into an addiction. Just to take a break and feel good about myself I read “Thousands Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini (enjoyed it more than Kite Runner) and “The Namsesake”, but I am abashedly pro chicklit, because, hey, that’s where my passion lies!

5 comments:

APUGONNAB said...

Chiklit? Really? After all the literature you've read.. Chiklit??

If you have the time on your hands, why not pen down thoughts for your book? People keep saying that to me, but, for different reasons that yours.. I don't listen, but no harm in spreading the good word! :-)Write on!

P.S - you got to let me sign in from wordpress..

I blog at wtml.wordpress.com - lemme know what you think :-)

prachetash said...

Yes, thre's a lot of hue and cry over EM's book. I think it's only average literature though. But then to talk about one's life so openly requires a lot of courage :). I dunno whethe rI'll ever be able to do it.

But i'm sure, someday, in the near future, you'll have a book of your own. Finance will do it to you...

And why don't you add a link of your fellow bloggers on the site??

Shimonti said...

@apugonnab
i think u shd know i am a lazy bum, so every time I think of writing a book, it sounds like an awesome idea, but it also sounds like WORK!! so it's on hold till the time the corporate world totally pisses me off n by the looks of it, it will b sooner rather thn later...
n m a big fan of ur blog :)at times i dnt understnd it, but i like tht too...

@prachetash
EM rocks! she knows how to sell her stuff n does a damn good job of it; somethng I hvnt mastered even with a MBA... yeah, lets hope finance makes me tht desperate... n u shd hv a book too; u r waste otherwise!

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