Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Title X2

When I was about 6 or 7, I was famous for being a voracious reader. I finished all the books I could lay my hands, which included all the Tinkles and reading and re-reading the 100 titles of Amar Chitra Katha I had. Some child encyclopaedia, atlases. All that. And Childcraft. I was besotted with it but I didn't own the collection. And I had the habit of glancing through the newspaper and reading Young world. I looked forward to Saturdays for YW. Then one day, I had a brainwave. I decided to go and check the Young world at my neighbour's house. Just to see if the paper at their house had different content than I did. In retrospect, I wonder where I got this bizarre idea that every house will have a newspaper with different content. So I went and asked this aunty next door for the paper. And eagerly checked the paper. Not surprisingly it was exactly like the one in my house. I was supremely disappointed and realized I had to wait for next Saturday after all.
Looking at myself as a child, from a third person's perspective, because, I was a different person then, I was this child with an unbelievably vivid capacities of imagination. I wonder how my mother was patient with me. But then I was a silent child. My world was private. And so were my dreams. 
Anyway I remembered this young world story quite out of the blue. And I also thought the same of Tinkle, because once I saw various different Tinkle issues at the newsstand I got everyone got different ones every month. When I was about 12 I came across a gentleman whose son collected every issue from Tinkle number 1. It was amazing. And I read them all happily and returned them intact.
Today I am captivated by anthropology. I might soon need to find a facility to store my books. Its becoming too much to manage. If only every title were available on Kindle. That would be the day.

5 comments:

My share of life said...

You have a great way of narrating your thoughts.

I really miss your blog posts :-( :-( I wish to read more and more of them.

But this blog article title thing..i am going to guess whats the next one is going to be :D

Take care.

Pranitha said...

Remembered my childhood days and the passion for reading...the way we used to go sit in library for hours reading..as we couldn't afford to buy. Now I buy for my daughter and she loves reading as much as I do...

Good old days :))

Ashwin said...

More than the content, I love the way you narrated things in this post. I started following your Blog primarily because you are one of my favorite singers, but now I am amazed by your writing style.

Looking forward to seeing more such posts and probably you should try your hand in writing a book :)

On the topic of this post, yes an Indian version of Kindle is an absolute necessity!

Karthick said...

Wow..Good one!!

Sridhar said...

I hope you are checking out Kathy Reich's books as well. She is a forensic anthropologist and involved in the Tv Series "Bones" (incidentally one of my favorites).