writing a book……

For me writing has been a great medium to drill thoughts out of my head.It has given me the platform to organise my thoughts in some order which satisfies my cynical head……so the day , I decided to tell my thoughts in form ofquote a story and present it to the world…was a kind of surreal.
All those days when I tip-toed around people and tried to sit in a corner and watch them had to be set aside as now I had decided to make money out of my thoughts…out of my writings….out of my book!So here I am trying to get the spot light on me and trying to talk about my thoughts and asking people to listen……….

My ‘new year resolutions’…..

1. Learn how to skip a stone in calm water.

2. Engineer an argument which turns into a long debate between two old people.

3. Go on a date with someone who completes the line: ‘Once upon a time……………………………………………..” to best of my imagination.

4. Leave some of my favorite books at a local park (still trying to convince myself about this one…if this is a good random act of gifting to some one unknown).

5. Use the line: ‘I Failed’ at least twelve times in the year and don’t nurse the feeling of regret.

6. Collect unknown people’s travel tickets (some discarded tickets I am planning to pick from various travel places like train stations or airports and some I would collect from random people) and try to write their travel stories…according to my limited thinking and imagination(hopefully this would be an interesting journal for me to read by the end of year).

7. Take a challenge of solving 25 algebraic equations within 30 minutes(there was a time in school when I used to thrive at challenges like this…….no wonder I was called the Math nerd in school).

8. Cook a meal at someone’s house who I meet in one of my trips in a differant country.

9. Build a sand Castle at one of my favorite beaches.

10. and try to sneak afternoon snooze:)

Books Happen to You……………………!

“You know what I think?” she says. “That people’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn’t matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They’re all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed ’em to the fire, they’re all just paper. The fire isn’t thinking ‘Oh, this is Kant,’ or ‘Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,’ or ‘Nice tits,’ while it burns. To the fire, they’re nothing but scraps of paper. It’s the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there’s no distinction–they’re all just fuel.” 
― Haruki MurakamiAfter Dark

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I believe that books happens to us.They find us when we need an advice,a story,some facts,a distraction,a laugh,a cry,an escape,a friend,a solution,a resolution, a twisted conclusion,not so twisted conclusion…………………….,an anticipation of possibilities telling us there is more to come our way:)

One  evening, when my flight was delayed a book happened to me.The ground hostess of the airline announced in her monotone voice that the flight was delayed for five hours.I wondered how long could I play my guessing game of staring at strange faces and wondering their stories in my head.There were eight other people in my waiting lounge.All in their work clothes looking at their Laptops or a newspaper urgently but dispassionately.

I walked to the lone coffee shop and saw a small collection of books near the coffee vending machine.

“Is that your personal collection?” I asked the lean guy who was making my cappuccino

He looked at the books and said,” no,they are mostly books left by people.I like to keep them….ummm you can say its my personal collection.”

“You can look it up..if you like. ” He said and flashed a smile.

I looked at the collection and picked a thin book from the rack.I have a weird habit of selecting new authors or books to read.I open any random page from the book(mostly the page is in the  middle of the book). If the content of the page, excites my current state of mind…I am in for the adventure:).

So,I opened a random page from the book and came across the above mentioned quote.The book of course was ‘After Dark’ by Haruki Murakami .I had heard about Haruki Murakami from so many people but in spite of my will to read his work…It never happened before that evening.

Today, after reading eight books of Haruki Murakami,I am grateful to that someone who forgot his book in that odd looking coffee shop of that small airport.I am happy that Haruki Murakami’s books happened to me. I want to end my blog with one more quote from his book called Norwegian Wood.If you haven’t read Haruki Murakami’s books yet……I hope that his books happen to you too and may be…my blog is one of the reasons for it:)

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” 
― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood