The Guilt of Not Writing for a Long Time

In each of our lives there is something which is effortless, pure, and enjoyable. It is the thing which gives us real pleasure. When we are it, we are mindful and aware of our existence. It could be dancing, gardening, painting, reading, writing, or anything. We may name it ‘the calling’, ‘stress buster’, or whatever we wish. But the only truth is that it makes us forget the time and connect with our real self. For me, writing has always been one such thing, apart from reading and spending time in nature.

So the question comes is, does it really make any difference if you love reading but don’t read, love writing but don’t write, love dancing but don’t dance?

It doesn’t. Doesn’t make any difference to the world.

If you don’t read, or write, or dance, or paint, it hardly matters. The earth continues to revolve at the same speed as before.

So how does it makes any difference?
It makes difference to YOU.

It has been one & a half year since I last updated this blog. In the past also I’ve taken breaks from blogging. But at those times I had never forsaken my writing habit. I maintained a spiral journal in which I wrote frequently, if not daily. But this time it has been different. I did not write anything at all.
Guilty? Yes, highly!

Why?
Because due to change in work I had to part with my family. And the times have been challenging. Further, I chose the easiest option – not to write anything. Whereas the truth is that hard times provide that needed fuel on which the flame of our creativity feeds. I could have continued writing and put on paper my tough times, the lessons I’ve learnt, and the way I managed to go on. But I didn’t. And that is what hurts.

Nonetheless, times are still tough, though slightly improved with a tiny silver lining beginning to appear on the horizon. And I’ve dusted off my spiral journal, and I’m writing more religiously than ever before.

“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” -Author Unknown

One thing I’ve realised is that writing is nothing more than pursuit of truth, your truth. I had a false notion that writing is about style & grammar. Writing is all about truth. And I think each one of us should write something everyday to find our truth, our meaning of existence. So, do write. Write few words a day, few sentences a week, few paragraphs a month. But those words, sentences or paragraphs should contain truth – your truth. That is all there is. May be this is what Hemingway also meant when he wrote:

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

See you in the next post. Till then, keep writing.

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She – Ekla Cholo Re

First a due apology: I’m extremely sorry to the author for taking too long to read the book. Due to some personal reasons, I was unable to read the book and review it; I seek your forgiveness for that.
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she
The Book
Set in 90’s Calcutta, Raj meets Kusum(the protagonist) on a highway and gives her lift. On the way, Kusum pours her heart out to reveal that she is a transgender. The story then turns out a conversation between Raj & Kusum, where Kusum reveals her struggle to find her identity in a society which considers there are only two genders: male and female.

Writing Style
Most of the book happens in conversation, so the writing style is conversational and lucid. It is also the shortest book I’ve read till date: it is total fifty-eight pages and if you exclude the introduction & author’s profiles, the book is merely forty pages long; but that doesn’t mean one would want to skip the introductions about the authors.

An unconventional but important storyline is the strongest point of the book, but on the last page I sincerely felt that the book could have been made longer and better by delving more into the protagonist’s life. The short length of the book makes it like a sneak peek through a hole into a forbidden room.

Whereas the book scores high in the story and the ease of read, I felt that the book requires more proofreading. Few things I found distracting were: improper tenses, its vs it’s error, dead words, and not maintaining parallel structure.

So, for me She – Ekla Cholo Re was an interesting, unconventional, and a heart-touching read. The topic the author has picked is worth applauding. I recommend the book to everyone; because it’ll make you ponder over the stereotypes of the society which somehow inflict our own brains, too. So go ahead and fetch yourself a copy to adorn your bookshelf. But be warned, this book will make you think!

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

A Typish Story

‘Hello, Uncle.’ I extended a greeting to the typist cum sales manager cum owner of a small document shop.

‘Haan. Hello!’ He replied while straightening his body on the tattered wooden chair he had been reclining after a lunch.

‘I’m looking for a typewriter,’ I asked. ‘Do you have one?’

‘A typewriter! Why do you require a typewriter?’

‘For typing, of course!’ I grinned.

‘See! Here!’ He tapped the keyboard of his computer and the dozing computer got back to life. ‘Does all, haan. Why would anyone still need a typewriter?’

I need a typewriter…

I need a typewriter because I’m fed up of sitting in front of a computer all day in the office.

I need a typewriter because when my family is asleep in the night, I want to creep into the next room and go rat-tat-tat, tat-tat, click! And see words forming on a paper.

I need a typewriter because I’m too lazy to write in a notebook and too fastidious to get distracted on a computer.

I need a typewriter for a better vocabulary.

I need a typewriter because then I’ll pause and think and type; rather than type, pause, think, delete, and retype – as in case of a computer.

I need a typewriter because words once typed are permanent.

I need a typewriter because hard drives are prone to errors, failures, and crashes.

I need a typewriter because it’s tangible and personal.

But, of course, I didn’t say any of this to the typist cum sales manager cum owner. Rather I said, ‘Anyways, thank you, uncle.’ And left the shop.

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Meanwhile, here is what I found on youtube: a typewriter renaissance slowly picking up in few corners of the world. But would you prefer a typewriter to a laptop for writing?