Wednesday, November 25, 2009

a spoonful each of all my favourite ice cream flavors

To know yourself too well is not quite that 'swell' as they make it out to be.
Makes us overtly accomodating of our own failings. Me thinks.
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Everything is forgivable but miserable cowardice.
Accusation of every other weakness; you can wriggle out of, with manageable damage.
Not this. It offers no such comfort.
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You don't always fight. The blood doesn't always rile.
Sometimes when you are slapped in your face,
all you do is retreat. Wide eyed, shocked and in surprise regret.
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Currently Reading...
Neither Here Nor There - Bill Bryson
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha

Recently Read...
Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson
Nine Lives - William Dalrymple
City of Djinns - William Dalrymple
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
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Discovered a taste for Travel Writing. Liked Bryson and Dalrymple very much. Both of them inspire me.
I was introduced to Bryson's work by a friend with - A Short History of Nearly Everything (ASHNE). I had enjoyed it immensely and on being asked how I liked it, I said "It's like someone gave me a spoonful each of all my favorite ice cream flavors".
I have come to enjoy his travel writing even more. I wish I could match his wit.
Wit, hasn't got much reputation as an acquired skill, has it?

7 comments:

Partha said...

"Makes us overtly accomodating of our own failings."
I don't know if that's true for everyone, one can feel utterly disgusted and discontented with one's true self.

Acquired wit can be just as charming, given enough time and opportunities.

Me thinks :)

i said...

.."one can feel utterly disgusted and discontented with one's true self."
*Nods.
Thing is, what happens after the "feeling disgusted" part? It only happens rarely (even if we intend to) that we succesfully manage to invert ourselves. So.. if one has not changed and is still alive.. then with time.. he has become accomodating... no?

Another option would be if we can go back to the state of ignorance. I am just not very sure that that is possible.

@acquired wit... I hope so. :)

Sharad Ragas said...

Am always impressed with people who can read "so many" books. =) I bought Metamorphosis about 2 years back and I can see it lying dusty and unattended about 8 feet away from me. Can't reach over to open it.

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I don't find anything wrong with being accommodated with one's failings. Life and ego, of course shall reside in a very uncomfortable state when this happens though.. which makes it one of those grown-up things which has to be dealt with. Afterall, ignorance is much like virginity - you can only lose it once; after that you can only fake the loss.

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Wit is a great language, often heard.. not enough spoken.

Leena said...

How is The Lost Symbol?

Started Metamorphosis, didn't finish it.. it got too weird. I 'll have to get back to it, eventually. :p

i said...

@Leena
Lost Symbol was OK, nothing great.

Partha said...

@i, I might be making no sense, but.
I meant accommodating in the sense, being able to accept who you are and to some degree feel comfortable with one's self. What if you know who you are, you don't like it, you can't accept it, and you aren't able to change. Then I feel the first part of your statement is very true, it's not quite 'swell', that too potentially for a long long time :)

@SR
Probably being accommodating is much like wit, often heard, not very often seen. A not-so-charming state.

i said...

@Partha
We are on the same page. :)