After the RK Narayan Readalong, I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging. But, sometimes, one starts watching what one eats or controls the portions without preparing oneself for it. When friends ask if one is dieting, the answer is usually, “Not really. But I think, yes.” That’s what happened to me. I simply lost the appetite for writing.
When Delia asked me once, why I write, I said, “When I am insanely chased by a thought, I write to liberate myself from it. I have to blog about that pressing idea to move on with life. If I resist, the thought would almost sabotage my universe’s equilibrium.” No thought chased me. So, I went on a hiatus.
Did I miss writing? Yes. Did I agonise over not having the urge to write? Yes. A wee bit. Did I try hard? No. But all was well with life all the same. 🙂
Now that I am back here, I must tell you what I have been reading.
Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
Zen Animals: Creative Tangled Animal Designs by Abby Olivia Collins
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Me and Kaminski by Daniel Kehlmenn
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The World of Nagaraj by RK Narayan
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Guide by RK Narayan
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini ❤
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
And, and, and, I finished reading Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life last night. I am supposed to be excited; I am going on a 5-week vacation next weekend. But I am utterly devastated. So devastated that I am not able to begin my next book. So devastated that I am Zen-doodling to deal with this singular sorrow. Because A Little Life was beautifully dark. So dark that now every brightness seems blinding. ❤
Also, I realised that I haven’t lost my love for big books. Yaay! 🙂
So where am I going? I am going to the US to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and my nephew. They live in Dallas. So we are planning to travel around Texas.
And, for the first time, I am going to travel alone. That is, I will spend some time all by myself in Chicago. Just me. This time, last year, I was battling depression and anxiety; when I was frantically cleaning the house, owing to anxiety, I didn’t know that I would be able to afford a 5-week vacation, an adventure in Chicago, and a reunion with my sister in a year. Now I remind myself that things do get better after all.
“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
― A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara,
My nephew is now a graduate. *clears throat 😉
He has moved from Elementary to Middle School. So I did a doodle to congratulate him.
I haven’t been doodling a lot these days. However, I so wanted to do something for Harambe. 😦 ❤
How have you been? What are you reading? Please let me know. 🙂