A bookworm’s journey to Audible

Imagine this, From Class 5 till I graduated high school, I read close to 600 books!. I had memberships everywhere;  Dad’s collection, neighbour’s collections, school libraries, Government ones and of course, private circulatory library. I begged, borrowed (but never stole) from literally every possible person who can lend me a book. I even saved my pocket money and bought books, Volga Ganga was my first. Being sympathetic to my addiction, the lady from circulatory library reduced borrowing price just for me! My price chart was Re. 1 for 300 pages book and Re.2 for 600 pages.

Then there was drought. Of books!

It is indeed true that the professional colleges and jobs suck the living hell out of hobbies. At least that was my excuse. My reading habit went into limbo. For the next decade, I managed to read only four books, and all four of them were written by Dan Brown! Of Couse, there were half-finished mass hysteria books from Robin Sharma, Paulo Coelho and Ayan Rand.

I gave multiple attempts to get back into the groove, but there simply wasn’t any time left in my days. Commute to the office (duh) was one possible attempt but my books had to brave Chennai Sunlight and London Rains. None of these worked out. With minimal success, I managed to finish the paperback series of MJ Akbar.

As one more attempt by pouring some money into a kindle (I discourage it) but the challenge here is, time. If there is no time for paperback, what difference would Kindle make? Amazon Echo gave some relief as it ‘read me’ a couple of Kindle books. Still, again, I needed to be physically in the vicinity of Echo throughout.

Finally now, Audible. In came to rescue.

Finally, I could do all mundane mechanical (but mandatory) tasks of the day and still read a fantastic book! The books themselves are little more expensive than their Kindle/paperback counterparts, but this arrangement works for me !!

Now get this: Just in 2019, I was able to close my year’s resolution of 52 books, and I am on track for 52 more for 2020. Just in 15 months, I have crossed the Scholar stage, and now I am a master. Apparently, you can directly approach me about questions on what why and where and I will have the answer.

God bless Amazon 🙂

P.S. This is NOT a paid post. Amazon did not pay me to write this post.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

An awesome mail forward, worth reading. A prime example of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” offered by an English professor from the University of Phoenix

The professor told his class one day:

“Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each perso
Men Are Frrom Marsn will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. As homework tonight, one of you willwrite the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragraph and send another copy to me. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story and send it back, also sending another copy to me. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back-and-forth. Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking outside of the e-mails and anything you wish to say must be written in the e-mail. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached.”

The following was actually turned in by two of his English students: Rebecca (female) and Gary (male).

(first paragraph by Rebecca) At first, Laurie couldn’t decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.

Continue reading “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”

Books for 2007

I had a plan to read at least 50 books last year. It’s not a big task with the speed I read, but it is difficult to do it with the laziness I have, with the other hobbies I have and also with the free time I get.

One great achievement is I finished fountainhead (of Ayn Rand) in Nov 2006, which I happened to start reading in Nov 2005. You should appreciate me, for the effort, patience and determination that I invested in that book. My sad and pitiable experience with that book is worth a post in this blog. (Coming soon) Those who suggested me this book shall here from me soon, and better take that books off from favorites list in Orkut.

Here are some I read…

  1. A Call to honor (Jaswant Singh)
  2. Lajja (Taslima Nasrin)
  3. Alchemist (Paolo Coelho) Continue reading “Books for 2007”

ನನ್ನ ಓದುವ ಹುಚ್ಚು

ನಾನೂ high school ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆ, ಎಲ್ಲರಂತೆ. ಅದೊಂದು ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಬಾಳಿಲ ಎಂದು. ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಜನಾವಾಸದಿಂದ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ದೂರ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದಲ್ಲೇ ನನ್ನ ಈಗಿನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಹುಚ್ಚನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು. ಕೈಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಪುಟವನ್ನು ಓದುವುದು, ಏನಾದರೂ ಗೀಚುತ್ತಾ ಇರುವುದು etc.etc. ಎಲ್ಲ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರೂ creativity ( ಸೃಜನ ಶೀಲಾತೆಗೆ ) ಗೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಒತ್ತು ಕೊಡುತಿದ್ದರು.

ನಾನೂ ನನ್ನ ಚೆಡ್ದಿ ದೋಸ್ತು ಮಂಜು ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಲವರು ವಿಪರೀತ ಪ್ರಸಂಗೀಗಳು ( ಇದು ಅಧಿಕ ಪ್ರಸಂಗೀ ಗಿಂತಲೂ ಮೇಲೂ ). ಒಬ್ಬರ ಮೇಲೊಬ್ಬರು ಹಟ ಹಿಡಿದು ಓದುತ್ತಿದೆವು.


ಪಾಟ ಅಲ್ಲ , ಆದೇ ಕೈಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು. ಶಲ್ಲ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಒಳ್ಳೇ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು ಮೂರು ವರ್ಷಗಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೆವು. ಅದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಿಗಳ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ತರುತಿದ್ದೆವು. ಆಗ ಓದಿದ್ದೆ ಕೊನೇ . ಅದರ ನಂತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಓದುವ ಅವಕಾಶ್ ಸಿಗಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅವುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಇನ್ನೂ ಮನಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಉಳಿದಿವೆ ..

ಕೆಲವು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಉಳಿದದ್ದು ನೆನಪಾಗುತಿಲ್ಲ.

ವ್ಯಾಸರಾಯ ಬಲ್ಲಾಳ – ( ಬಂಡಾಯ )
ಎಸ್ ಎಲ್ ಭೈರಪ್ಪ ( ಭಿತ್ತಿ , ಪರ್ವ, ದಾಟು )
ಶಿವರಾಮ ಕಾರಂತ ( ಮರಳಿ ಮಣ್ಣಿಗೆ , ಮೂಕಜ್ಜಿಯ ಕನಸುಗಳು, ಚೋಮನ ದುಡಿ )
ಕುವೆಂಪು ( ಮಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮದುಮಗಳು , ಕಾನುರ ಹೆಗ್ಗಡತಿ )
ಯಶವಂತ ಚಿತ್ತಾಲ ( ಶಿಕಾರಿ , ಪುರುಷೋತ್ತಮ )
ಕೆ ಪಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ( ಕರ್ವಾಲೋ , ಪರಿಸರದ ಕಥೆ )
ಬಿ ಜಿ ಎಲ್ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ( ಹಸಿರು ಹೊನ್ನು )
ಯು ಆರ್ ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿ ( ಸಂಸ್ಕ್ರಾರ )
ಗೊರೂರು ರಾಮಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಅಯ್ಯಂಗಾರ್ ( ನಮ್ಮ ಉರಿನ ರಸಿಕರು )
ವೋಲ್ಗಾ ಗಂಗಾ ( ರಾಹುಲ ಸಂಕೃತ್ಯಾಯನ ) – ಅನುವಾದಿತ

Since it is written in books

purAnamityeva na sAdhu sarvam , na chApi kAvyam navamityavadyam
santaha parikshatart bhajante, muDhah parapratyayena buddhihi

पुरणमित्येव न साधु सर्वं न चापि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यं |
सनः परीक्श्तरत भजन्ते मूढः परप्रत्ययेन बुद्दिः ||

– Unknown

Can be interpreted as :

Concepts need not be valid just because they are told in books (holy books especially ;-))), mythologies etc. Nor things are right if they are modern. Gentlemen test and then trust, fools believe what is told and written.

I don’t remember who wrote it, guess it is Brutruharai. This is the best spelling I can give for the quote here. If anyone finds better please comment. And also if you find a similar one.

Quote is quite relevant. People when can not justify what they are practicing and what they believe, just hold some outdated books responsible. “Since it is written in…”