Bookworm Alert

"If you want to be remembered after you're dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."

I don't remember where I read this, but I think it makes a whole lot of sense. And the reason I'm actually blogging about this is that after a long, long time I'm reading not one but two new books. After months of re-reading Terry Pratchett, I now have two delicious reads.

The first is Yugant. It's a series of Marathi essays by a lady called Irawati Karve, on various characters from the Mahabharat. I know what you're thinking - the Maha-freakin'-bharat? Seriously? Well, yes. I know that the epic stands on the uneasy middle ground of Indian mythology, somewhere between history and literature. But the book is very thought-provoking, considering the author analyses characters and their actions from many angles, including the gender point of view. Amazing stuff. Heavy, but amazing.

The second is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. This I'm reading on the insistence of Archer, who wants to know if it's good - the man has good taste in books, but usually neither the time or the patience to finish one. I'm still sort of figuring out what the book is all about, but I've not stopped reading it yet, so that's probably a good sign.

Are a couple of book reviews in the pipeline? I'll let you know.

Comments

Anonymous said…
It's franklin... another abriged version, I must say

First off... the sites that actually come up partially accurate don't use the full quote (which is what I have been trying to find) Cutting off at "either write something worth reading or do something worth writing" which is inaccurate... as it should be "either write something worth the reading, or do something worth the writing" (notice the abstract "the")

Then there are the people who atribute the quote to Thomas Jefferson, of all people. Just goes to show... the brilliance gene has long worn out... and our society is now a bunch of idiots.
Anonymous said…
like poetry music and most other things we draw our very own meaning from the experiences. ( notice the perhaps unnecessary the )

I think the author here meant exactly what she wrote. (notice my abstract assumption)

judgments often reflect inside out rather the the other way round.( notice "the" tautological the)
Veda said…
What? Who? Erm... okay then.
Sidharth said…
Terry Pratchett??!! Its such a relief to hear from someone who reads Pratchett, I'd heard about other Pratchett fans but had just about convinced myself that they were mythical beings like the Sasquatch. If you liked Yugant, maybe you could give the Ramayana series by Ashok Banker a try (if you haven't already).

P.S. Just stumbled across your blog, so you'll have to forgive the late (what an understatement) comment(s).

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