Are you still reading my posts somehow? As it goes, I have become extremely lazy about posting. I cannot say that I don’t get enough time because I really do believe that it is all about making time & putting effort into things you want to do. So, no lies there.
I have a lot of things (especially trips) that I wanted to share here in this space & now it feels like it was ages ago that I visited those places.
I formally wanted to write a Monday Mumbles post to introduce how the new phase of my life is going. Some of you who check my Instagram know that I moved to Bangalore for my job after my post grad. A little background here – I was working for 2 years before I did my post grad, so this isn’t my first job but at that time I was working in NCR only where my parents live so it didn’t feel so much like a change in life other than, of course, the professional part of it. After all, it was my first job!
Now, however, moving to a new city and doing everything on your own is just what I always wanted. I am loving being in a new city and, as many would agree, it only helps that that city is Bangalore. Oh my God! Let’s not even get started on Bangalore, and how lovely a city it is!! Even other than this awesome city, I am loving everything about being completely on your own & the empowerment that comes with it. Even if most of the times, it just means calling the plumber, paying through your nose only to realize that what wasn’t working still isn’t properly fixed. Still, it feels so good, at least for now. Being independent in terms of finding a place for yourself, making it your home on your own is one of the best feelings ever & I am lucky to live it. It has its share of ups & downs, sometimes more downs than ups, but then there are days with many, many ups too. It is really such a good, happy feeling.
Tell me what’s up at your end? I would love to hear what everyone is upto & that will probably push me to write more often too. 🙂
For how long have I wanted to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival? I don’t even remember that anymore. This was the first time I was least interested in going but the only time I had everything conducive towards making me go and, so, it happened.
I planned to attend it alone, because it did not work out with one of my friends, she did not feel like going although previously whenever I planned for JLF, it was with her. I am happy to report that it’s actually pretty darn good to go to such places alone, because you are flexible to attend different sessions then and you have the chances to explore more as you are the only decision maker for which session to attend next.
I cannot even begin to tell how awesome it was. I attended the LitFest for only two days and I could totally sense that I would have loved attending the sessions for all five days. It was so enriching to attend the different sessions by so many learned people. Even if you haven’t read the authors attending the festival ever or you don’t even read generally, there’s still quite a lot of chance that you are going to love the experience because the sessions are very, very enriching. Mostly, the sessions are around the books that are getting launched by the speakers of that session but they try to make it relevant to some current topic or a topic that always interests people. Listening to these enthralling sessions and witty one-liners is pure pleasure.
The only thing you should know as someone who is willing to attend it the next year is that it is an extremely crowded affair, especially on weekends. The thing is that JLF is a free entry festival for regular people (people other than delegates or writers or publishers) because it started off with a concept that LitFests should be easily accessible for people to reach or listen to their favourite writers, or on a broad level, literature or liberal arts should be easily accessible to people. The crowds at the JLF also end up including a lot of people who are just there for the lack of a better weekend plan and these people are mostly willing to attend sessions by popular people who are somehow related to Bollywood. Now nothing wrong with that but the point is that sessions can get extremely crowded and, therefore, exhausting. One strategy that I applied was leaving my ongoing session around 10-20 minutes before and reach the venue of my next session as soon as possible. Usually, I left the ongoing session as soon as the question answer part started.
One of my favorite sessions was by Neelesh Misra who is a lyricist and writes stories, he is pretty popular because of his radio show where he reads out stories, and I also loved the fact that the session was hosted by Rahul Pandita, one author whose work I admire. I attended two different sessions in which Shashi Tharoor was one of the speakers. I was pretty exhausted and bored in one of them, still I could sense that he is such an amazing speaker. The next day next session proved that completely! I don’t read as much as many people think, therefore I did not know many authors, but still attending their sessions was amazing. If any of you know the YouTuber Mallika Dua, she also had a session and it was so fun just like her videos and personality.
I would love to go back someday to attend the JLF but this time definitely along with the evening musical events!
Hello guys! 🙂
I hope you are all doing super good, and, if not, I am praying that 2017 brings tons of happiness for all of us.
I went through a huge uninspired phase where I just did not feel like writing here. I visited so many places in the last few months before coming back to India, but I was in such a trance of missing India that I did not feel like blogging it all. I will get to it pretty soon and hopefully we will have a fun ride in bringing back all the memories!
Now coming to a book roundup of 2016, I read very less this year for reason mentioned above. It’s funny because the circumstances were so conducive for reading. Anyway, I read less but I wanted to share it all. So, here are all the 6 books that I read in 2016, irrespective of whether I liked them or not. I am talking below how I found them to be:
- East of Love, West of Desire by Dinesh Prasad: I have written a whole blog post (which is one of my favorites on this blog) about this book. I loved it to the core, it was a pretty book to hold first of all. Secondly, it was one of my favorite themes – India Pakistan partition. Thirdly, I love reading short stories, these were stories woven around partition. Naturally, I loved it. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who likes partition tales of love and emotions.
- If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern: Okay, it was a positive book and a light read, so all was good with the world. I quite enjoyed reading it but it is definitely not a must read.
- Premchand ki Shreshtha Kahaniyan (Hindi): You know how much I love his stories, it’s a surprising thing even for myself that I have not read any of his novels so far. This year I am definitely going to change that. I am going to start reading his novels finally. As always, I thoroughly loved this collection of short stories.
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Oh my God! Where do I even start? Can someone please take a moment to tell me why exactly is this book so famous? It was so painful to finish this book. There came a point when I started liking it and it had its share of good moments but, overall, it was just about okay. Its a love story, so to say, but as far as I am concerned, I found it so difficult to feel connected to the protagonists or feel their pain or whatever.
- The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh: I finally read something by him, can I now qualify for the serious readers tag? 😛 Kidding, okay! It is a good book and if you are reading it away from your home (whatever it is that you consider home 🙂 ), this will strike a chord at so many levels.
- The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: Here’s to my favorite book of 2016 which I happened to read right before the year ended. It is only a coincidence that my 2 books were back to back Amitav Ghosh’s. The first one I picked in a lovely bookshop in Berlin and the second one is from MDI’s library. This one is a medical thriller, building fiction around the fact that Dr Ronald Ross discovered the malaria parasite in India. It is an excruciatingly confusing read but, for me, it all paid off well in the end because I loved it thoroughly. Such an amazing read!
And with this, I wrap up 2016 in this space. I cannot wait to talk to you again in 2017! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
Lately I have been so uninspired to write here. Maybe that’s why I just feel like scribbling so randomly that you are getting a consecutive Monday Mumbles post. It’s funny because I am the least busy right now in the evenings to write but I just don’t feel like it. Not even a tiny bit. Like, I cannot say that this is just laziness. It is more than that, I just do not want to write, I can sense that. However, earlier when I used to write posts I actually had to take time out for them. Anyway, today I am in a much better mood and unlike my other posts, where I usually share something in a planned way, I just genuinely feel like scribbling away today.
Lately whoever has visited my blog, they have got an impression that I am a ‘travel blogger’ or my main interest is in writing about travel. Well, most of my posts in the recent times have been about places I am travelling to, so its really not their fault that they thought so. Since I know neither of these things are true (I being a travel blogger or my main interest area being writing about travel), I thought I’ll clarify:
- I like to write about things I experience in my day to day life – a book that I read, a restaurant that I visited, a dish that I cooked, a market that I loved or a city that I visited. Since these days travelling is happening a lot, you see more of it on the blog because its recent. That is all. Its definitely not my favourite thing to write about (I actually don’t know what’s my favourite).
- I am not even an awesome traveller. Oh, I have wanted to write about this thing since so long! You know how people are bitten by ‘wanderlust’ (especially on social media these days 😛 ) Guess that never happened with me. I like visiting new places, seeing new things, eating at new places and so on, but that’s about it. I have never craved badly to visit any place and I am not someone who would want to always, always travel. You know most people say ‘If I could just quit my job and travel forever’, I would never be that person. Even if I was a billionaire, I cannot love travelling forever. I would rather be at one of my favourite places and take short trips. Or long ones with people I love. So, we are all different. Some of us want to travel really badly, not necessarily by quitting other jobs, but maybe that or maybe getaway as much as possible. For me, travel is one of the activities that I like to do time to time but definitely not one of my favourite things to do. (These days its happening a lot because the opportunity is such, nothing more, its not like I have got some extra love for travel).
My random scribbling is more or less over. If you read till here, thank you so much for putting up with this. ❤
(If you wish to share something in the next Monday Mumbles, do write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments section, or even on any social media).
Life is a gift. It is a truth, not just another cliche. You have had a wonderful life so far, with its own share of ups & downs, but would you go back & change much? Very little, maybe. In any case, you are thankful for whatever happened & is happening which means that you are happy for being chosen to have this life. Then why bother about the small, really insignificant lows? Why not enjoy your peace of mind doing things you love instead of always keeping your mind occupied with random things that won’t matter?
Please STOP doing that & keep on living your life fully.
You know that you are lucky to have this life. You know that the things bothering you will pass. Seriously, these things do not define your life, or happiness. You will continue smiling and being happy. These are not even problems, just small obstacles which you have to keep aside to move further. Don’t take them to heart. Remember they will end soon.
PS: This is my first real ‘letter to myself’. I have written to me previously in diaries & stuff because I wanted to experience how it feels like since writing a diary is such a popular thing. However, it never felt anything very relieving or awesome. This one does better, comparatively. So I am glad I wrote this.
PPS: Monday Mumbles is a series meant for us to chit chat. So, if there’s anything you want to talk about in the next Monday Mumbles, feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com. You can also tell me in the comments section or any of the social media. I would love to have another voice in the next Monday Mumbles! 🙂