Friday, September 23, 2005


“Man…I’m looking cool today! Hope she catches a glimpse of me! And then my magic will surely charm her. *Winks*

“Hmm…so just need to tie up my hair …and I’m done for the day. *Smiles*

“Huh…am getting flabby day-by-day… *sighs* …on second thoughts, need to rejoin the gym man…*pushes the tummy in, holding the breath*

“Oh…that ugly pimple *worriedly staring* …why today, and why me...huh“.

You were as beautiful yesterday as you are today…but today you were bit more critical about the way you looked. What changed overnight?

I didn’t do anything special – I just formed an image by reflecting the light, the way I always do. The eyes saw it and the brain responded. That day you kissed me happily. The other day I got scared seeing you vent out your anger (those red eyes filled with water).

We share a decent camaraderie I believe. We converse… we use the best language…the language of the eyes, the language of silence! Some days you don’t even bother to give me a glimpse, and some days you just don’t leave me alone.

I show you what you are. But you see what you want.

The mirror reflects
It reflects what it sees.
It sees what it is shown.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Digital Fortress

Continuing the reading spree, the blogger has read this new breath-taking novel written by whom other than Dan Brown.

Dan Brown is a master at creating intrigue. It is amazing the way he unfolds the story, the characters, the plot, the minute details, the information … in short, almost everything.

The story begins with death of a character and what follows is nothing less than a roller-coaster ride. One-by-one things start getting out-of-control and there is no way to escape the ugly fate. There are these moments when one just ends up thinking – what next? Believe it or not, but it is a book to be read in 2 days…because it’s tough to keep oneself waiting to know how the story will end.

The characters and their behavior have been carved well. Susan Fletcher, David Becker and Trevor Strathmore are the prime people around whom the story revolves. As the name suggest, there has to be something related to computers in the story – here, it’s about encryption! This very angle to the story is what might deviate someone trying to find out the suspense.

The commendable thing, which any one will observe about the writing style, is that it adds something to one’s knowledge bank. The larger-than-life description of buildings and places brings up the actual structure in front of your eyes. You are in unison with the characters --- you are someone with them…a silent companion observing all and yet knowing nothing. Once again the italicized text has been used to convey thoughts, fire puns, generate humor --- really inspired by this style :D.

Also what surprised me is the usage of certain phrases, which I normally use viz., clash-of-the-titans, one-man-show. This made me a bit happy…reading really high-quality (read cabalistic) phrases and staring blankly at the text is very boring. One enjoys more if one is in sync with what’s going on rather than praising the writer’s vocabulary knowledge.

The oldest trick in the book to write a suspense has been used --- if you get what it means, this was a spoiler (hehe… hope you don’t hold any grudges against this reader)

Without Wax,

Friday, September 16, 2005

Something is wrong

You say you have friends but then

- You think twice before you say something to them
- You go shopping alone
- You go to see movies alone
- You don’t miss them as much as you should when they are not around

You say you have friends…you should introspect…may be you are a friend to them?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Arc He drew

Whilst my way to back to the city, as I looked out through the bus window, I saw a colorful painting He drew. He has always amazed me by His artistry and this time it was no different. On His canvas, called sky, a beautiful piece of His exemplary work was radiating all the exuberance it could!

Scientifically, it is an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain. But to the lover of His creations it’s a picturesque scene; it’s the culmination of all the beautiful colors that make life so vibrant, so rich!

Kids can’t control their joy as they discuss seeing it the other day, after rains poured heavily and then the sun, from nowhere in scene, just popped up to say “Hi! I hadn’t gone anywhere. It’s just that the rains told me to count up to 100 so that it could hide itself. Now I am back and am wondering where has the rain gone!!! So I’ll just scan the sky and try tracing the droplets to find something about the rains whereabouts.” And then we all see that gorgeous arc.

Being a lover of colors, the sight of something so naturally pretty, satisfies not only the eyes but also the heart. It’s so strange that no matter how sad one might be but something beautiful; mother’s warm touch, brother’s strong shoulder to lay a worried head on, a sister’s little concern, a child’s innocent smile…and many more things, makes one feel relaxed for at least some time. Nature has a vast collection from which it now-and-then keeps exhibiting one masterpiece at a time or sometimes even more.

For Him its just another creation, we earthlings call it a rainbow.

Friday, September 09, 2005

On a reading spree!!!

Reading is something I always liked to do. But that mostly included reading newspapers. However, still I prefer seeing a movie then reading the novel on which it is based. (“I remember images”…hehe... my friend would be chuckling on reading this)

So, after having my tryst with Fountainhead I moved further and read just 2 more novels. I look forward to read many more :)

The immediate successor was Belva Plain's “Looking Back”. I had never heard about her (actually I am not an avid reader of novels, so don’t know many writers). However, the book was more of a time-pass kind of thing – nothing much to gain. It’s the story of 3 girls Amanda, Cecile and Norma, who start as good friends, and in due course of time, end up becoming total strangers.

The story line is more of the type that can be made into soap opera – if made in Hindi – the appropriate title would be “Badaltey Rishtey (which means – “Changing Relationships”). It has all the ingredients required for a serial to begin with a boom, with the TRP really soaring up, then going low – so you introduce some new characters and eventually the net is woven such that the actors themselves get entangled. Actually, the story line is not that cryptic – but when we Indians want to stretch something for a long time, we know we’ll manage too ;)

The second book is Dan Brown's “Deception Point”. The author is a person who really intrigues the reader and keeps him/her really wondering what’s going to happen next. I just loved the way he unfolds the story – short chapters, very brief, telling about an event and then moving on to next chapter, talking about another happening. Normally there are 3-4 threads simultaneously unrolling, making the narration very interesting.

The story is about…hehe…am not going to tell else you won’t read the book. However, it’s worth a read! I began reading and at a point felt…Ah…it the usual stuff about aliens and extra-terrestrials…but then Mr. Brown has his own ways of keeping all his cards in his hands and revealing them as and when required. Also, liked his style of italicizing text to convey thoughts of the character or to convey an intentional pun.

(The fact that a book talking about aliens doesn’t impress me that much is because I have watched The X-files, though I don’t know it’s storyline entirely, and no David Duchovny has nothing to do with me watching the series ;)) ).

There is more to the story then aliens and politics. It’s nice to see how things turn up, totally unexpectedly or rather how Dan makes us feel so. As of now it might be too early to say, but I’d really like to know more about how Dan manages to write such stuff – very filmi and I guess all of his books can be made into a movie (Da Vinci Code is being made into…isn’t it?).

So, hoping to end up reading first of all Dan’s other 3 books (have read Da Vinci a bit and can’t stop cursing myself for not completing it L ), I’d say I guess fiction/thriller is what I am liking to read now, don’t know when the mood changes!

P.S. If Deception Point is made into an Indian movie (but can it be made…it has a story :P , just kidding :D ) , can you suggest any title?