Reading seriously opens so many different paradigms we may never be able to fathom. Off late I have made a conscious effort to read, I quit FB, Twitter and have not logged there for more than 2-3 weeks I think. When we start reading we start learning, the more I read the more I believe in that. For the first time in my life I am reading multiple books at one go and I never thought it was ever possible. I have been peeking into The Discovery of India by Nehru, The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbander, by the way I must mention I love the last name Lustbander it does sound quite exotic does it not??!! Not to digress I am also reading a guide on photography and Fragrant Thorns by Ruby Badyal (no link but a gypsy soul like me)
Amazingly when we read we have so many thoughts going on, my nights are wonderful, I have dreams that are full 70mm movies, I can’t wait to fall asleep and watch the dreams. One day I am tracking a tiger who has become a man eater, one day I am in the midst of a heated discussion between Gandhi & Jinnah, sometimes I am plotting the downfall of a terrorist who has decided to attack the parliament again and another day I discover my wife has delivered twins ! Boy, dare I tell my wife the things I dream !!! This is not to mention so many dreams that I just forget when I have to get up and get son ready for school.
From reading about how Siachen was snatched by India, the only territorial acquisition if you may call it that, by our country. The revenge of the Siachen defeat that Pervez Musharraf extracted in Kargil was an amazing piece of history. Wiki I must say is one of the most wonderful things that could have happened to the keen reader. I have always loved reading about history and the past mythologies and always tried to decipher them and put them into a logic and try to rationalize the human behavior. In my own humble way I have my theories and ideologies, although I am not a staunch believer in anything and my reading keeps on developing and diversifying my thoughts.
The more I read the more I feel there is so so so much out there that we know so little about. I live in Bharuch and although I was not born here (born in Tumchi Mumbai) I always call myself a Bharuchi, now for a guy who loves history it so happened that stuck on reading (well unconfirmed reports) about how Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah were related or not and how Sheikh Abdullah’s wife was once married to the Lawrence of Arabia or whether Feroze Gandhi’s father was a Parsi or his father a muslim and mother was a Gandy and how the christening changed I somehow clicked the link of Bharuch reading about Feroze Gandhi living in Kot Parsiwad in Bharuch to only realise I knew so little about my little town and I was bothering to know about so many other things!!!
I must state that I am astounded and want all you readers out there to know this fact very very clearly !!!!
Alright, all of you, stop your bowing and get up, smile, don’t marvel at me.
I am just a friendly neighbourhood blogger and not a GOD !
Just been reading you know… just been reading…