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Revisiting “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

6 Dec

I’ve just finished reading the book – the second time (as the title of this post says, obviously). And so it got me thinking… Wtf did I do the first time? Could I have really read it before? The answer is undoubtedly YES. But then again, wtf did I read the first time??

Ok, enough of the wtf’s… All I remember of my first reading is:

1. That I’ve read this book by Milan Kundera.
2. That I’d actually BOUGHT the book for the sole purpose of reading it.
3. That it was highly recommended to me by my former colleague (who knew me more than I knew myself then).
**4. That magic realism is the genre and that a dog is involved in the story.
5. That I (must have) enjoyed reading it and gone on to (time permitting) brag about having read one of the most discussed books in my circle.

[** only one is true]


The unbearable lightness of being - Milan Kundera

Fortunately, the “discussion” (from point ‘5’ above) doesn’t mean discussion on the book. Because fortunately so far I’ve been the only person (in the circle mentioned in the same point above) who’s (apparently) gone through it. Also fortunately whenever I talk about books I’ve read, my ONLY review (that my “çircle” is very well acquainted with) has been how I felt either during or after reading the book in question. Actually the 5 things mentioned above as to what I remember from my first reading have been my “review” so far.

Terrible, I know. I’m disgusted at my own folly. Now you see why I had to “wtf” a lot in the beginning. I mean why not wtf.

Anyway, I’ve indeed enjoyed revisiting the book and thank my stars for leading me to it. And like I said I’m super bad at reviewing books, so there’ll be no spoilers. All I can say is IT’S A GREAT BOOK.

Unfinished Five

6 Aug

I love reading, I always have. I read when I’m lonely/ bored/ sleepy/ tired/ excited and any other time I can think of. I read anything written in black and white, in print or online. However, there are some books I have started but never got around to finish. No disrespect for the books, whatsoever, but I’ve come to an agreement that sometimes you just can’t finish reading what you’ve started.

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Growing up, I fell in love with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and not to forget David Copperfield – the first book that brought me to tears. I read few other Charles Dickens and then began Great Expectations. I borrowed it from the library, returned it months later unable to go beyond the first few chapters. Years later I found this book in my friend’s collection, borrowed it again and returned it (again) without finishing it. Again years later, I bought the book and it’s lying somewhere, still unfinished.


2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

I borrowed ‘Love in the time of Cholera’ from a friend, read it, loved it and then started hunting for other books by the same author. The title of the book “One Hundred Years of Solitude” along with the familiar author’s name lured me into buying it. I kept shuffling the pages, back and forth, for about a year. Then one day a friend borrowed it and hasn’t returned it yet.

3. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

I was entranced by this book right from Page 1. It was an easy read and I kept turning the pages until I realised I was on the last chapter. I stopped. I have no intention of finding out what happens next or how it ends. I’ve left it unfinished, intentionally. Someday when I retire I’ll finish the last chapter – let’s say I am saving it for a rainy retired-day.

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is one book which I’ve finished reading but the reason it’s made it into the list of my ‘Unfinished five’ is because I have skipped one little part while reading this book. On my first few attempts, I could not read beyond the part when the hyena starts eying the zebra. Finally I detoured a bit by skipping the whole part there and finally finished it and haven’t regretted it ever since. I may never read that little part and yet it’s become one of my favourite books.

5. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

I bought this book after falling in love with what was going on in the first page. [Confession: I never read the back cover of the book, normally where there’s a little bit about the book. I buy books on impulse.] I began reading and couldn’t stop grinning ear to ear and then after few rapidly turned pages, it came to a halt. It took me months to finish the first part and till date I haven’t started the second part.

Is it necessary to finish reading every book that you start? I love all these five books – be it the author or the title or the first few pages I’ve read. I have begun loving these books even more so for the sense of mystery they bring about and I promise to finish them someday [once I find their replacements] 😉 



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