Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Miss...


There's nothing more annoying than not finding time to finish reading a book. My list of books that I'm-half-done-with-but-had-to-give-back-to-the-library-because-I-found-no-time is embarrassingly too many, especially this previous month. I've been just so caught up with work that September was a pretty pathetic reading month. I've made the effort to read, but it's just no use reading a book with something else weighing on your mind.

I miss settling on to my couch and reading endlessly. I miss facing the 'Which book to read first?' 'Which book to review next?' dilemma. I miss the time when my only worries were clich├ęd plot lines, editing mishaps and predictable characters. I miss analysing books, discussing Austen, quoting from Persuasion, making a wishlist of Pride and Prejudice goodies, singing DownTown with Amanda Price in Lost in Austen

I miss looking forward to every Thursday, laying out in my lap a copy of Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, savouring every beautiful word of those poems and typing them out in my blog, waiting eagerly for responses. I miss jotting down points for my reviews. I miss blogging and my blogger friends.  I miss reading without a care in the world. I miss the calmness the mind acquires when the hand feels the pages of a book, the inadvertent smile and anticipation when I flip pages, the sigh, the gasp, the snort, the grin and the myriad emotions that a single book can evoke in me.

When I had all the time in the world for books, of course I loved it and appreciated it. But never did I realise how special it was. So every one of you with a book in hand or a book to go home to and the time to read, please love the reading experience. Its precious, special and one of the most beautiful things in life. 

I look forward to some of the load getting off my shoulders in the coming weeks/months. In the meantime, I hope to get back to Thursdays with Tagore and book discussions, even if I don't find the time to read or review new books. Hope you're having a good week :)

10 comments:

Whitney said...

Beautiful description of how it feels while reading a good book. I hope work settles down for you Kals, and are able to have a drop everything and read weekend soon.

Brenna said...

I hope you'll be able to find more time to devote to reading soon. Also, I have to tell you I love the photo you included with this post - fits perfectly.

Alyce said...

I hope you get a chance to relax and read more soon! I know I'm always keeping an eye out for your posts, especially Thursdays with Tagore.

Priya Iyer said...

I can so relate to that!! :) Hopefully your workload will lessen in the near future, and you'll find more time for reading and reviewing. All the best!!
We miss your reviews , too!! :)

PS: I loved the pic that you've put up in this post. It so describes the feeling that a good book gives you.

Veens said...

Not to worry, the forecast says that you will be able to read when Veens decides on the books we have to read for the club LOL!
Jokes apart - I am sure you will get back :)

mjallenk91 said...

Yes. I can defiantly, defiantly relate. I’ve found that lately I’ve been too busy living to do what makes me want to live. Writing. If only there were more hours in the day...

Vaishnavi said...

I loved your post Kals. I know how it feels to not have enough time on your hands. Every time I get busy at work I become maudlin about how much reading I miss out on. Welcome back and keep posting!

Grad said...

There are a lot of us out here who feel the same way. Just so little time....

Kals said...

Whitney - Thanks! I hope so too :)

Brenna - I love the picture. It sums up all my thoughts about a good book :)

Alyce - Aw thanks :) Thursdays with Tagore will be back on from this week onwards. I'll keep posting as much as I can :)

Veens - Hehe, thanks Veens :)

mjallenk91 - Absolutely agree :)

Vaishnavi - Oh I know! Thanks so much. It's lovely to see all your blogs again and get back to commenting :)

Grad - Absolutely. So much to read, so little time..

Kals said...

Priya Iyer - Aw, thanks so much! I really hope to be able to get back to some kind of normalcy :)

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