Friday, January 02, 2009

A new beginning...

My first post of the year is going to be just an assemblage (is that a word?) of random things in my head. I tried to go for an emotional and meaningful post but it backfired on me.

--I wanted to write a New year's eve post commemorating the fact that I had 44 posts last year compared to the 35 in 2007. It would have been nice to make it a round 50 but I am not complaining. I think I kept up a steady stream of posts in 2008 every month instead of the spasmodic pattern of 2007. Enough gloating.

--Have been on a reading spree lately. Managed to devour four books in the span of 1.5 weeks! Started reading the Stephanie Meyer "Twilight" series. I am sure series-lovers will want to crucify me for this but the first book -- "Twilight" -- really sucked. It felt like I was trapped between the pages of a very badly written Mills and Boon romance. Too touchy-feely for me. Stephanie Meyer redeemed herself with the second one, "New Moon". The third, "Eclipse",was positively engaging. I guess it gets better as it progresses. Two more books to go in this series.

I also struggled through "The Gatecrasher" by Madeline Wickham (alias Sophie Kinsella). Extremely meandering story with no concrete plot. Ugh. Didn't expect this from the creator of the "Shopaholic" series!

Finished the "The Lost Army of Cambyses" by Paul Sussman. Masala thriller story in the mould of Dan Brown (though not close enough). Worth reading on a flight or a train!

I am about to start on "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini.

-- 2009 has started out very promisingly with lots of cleaning getting done @ home. We managed to buy things we had been putting off, clean things that were pending and re-organized our home. I finally managed to hang up some photographs on the walls. I even got a rolodex so we can be better organized about phone numbers/addresses. Yippeee to that!

-- Some people have this gaping dichotomy between what they want to be and what they are. They insist that they are just suffering a lack of will-power and they really, really "want" to do something. But no matter how much you help or how hard you try, their actions point in a different direction. Makes me wonder if people have no idea what they want or what is good for them. I've also realized that spending energy trying to alter the course of someone's behavior is EXHAUSTING! :-)

Okay, for this largely trivial post, I am going to write something a bit more deep. I have been thinking about this for a while and want to get it off my chest. There have been times when I wondered if it was just freakish chance that I was on this earth, that maybe there was no rhyme or rhythm to the universe, that there was no 'karma" guiding the paths of our lives. I had my first taste of intense grief last year and with that grief came a tiny glimmer of intense appreciation of human life. A realization of truly how magical life and a living being is. It is difficult to explain that feeling. I think everyone has to feel it to really know it.

Farewell 2008 and welcome 2009! Belated new year wishes to all! :-)


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Be Cheerful as always :))

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! :-)
Assembly is better.

Sriram said...

Hey ! Happy new year to you and your better half :) Lets hope this year inspires you to even better posts :)

SUBASH said...

Hi,Happy New year,A confused mind at the start of 2009!Hope u score u r 50 this time around!

PH said...

Subha, I am sure you will like A Thousand Splendid Suns. [Warning: It is a slight (the smallest) notch below The Kite Runner] But Khaled Hosseni can never dissapoint!

jessica said...

Hi Subha! I know, I'm a stalker. You got an actual rolodex? Like a plastic thing with pieces of paper? I guess you'll never lose those...I remember I used to keep addresses in a palm pilot until one day I forgot to plug it in to charge and the stupid volatile memory lost everything. :P

The Doodler said...

Anon, wish you the same..

Viji -- happy new year to you as well!

Sriram -- erm..let's see what this year has in store for me.

PH -- I haven't read 'The Kiterunner'. So don't have a reference point as of now. Will report back when I finish the book.

Hi Jessica,

Yeah, you are a tracker all right..:-) Yup, I bought a real rolodex with paper in it. I got sick of having little sticky posts with scribbled phone numbers lying around the living room! :-)