Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Back...

Short notice and long vacation. I was in Patna actually, attending my sister's wedding. An extremely elaborate affair, as usual. I could have felt grumpy about the evils of patriarchy, traditionalism, conservatism and the whole pomp and pageantry associated with any affair like this, but I didn't. There was just so much happiness and joy all around. I will write about some of these things in detail some time later after I am done with a bit of thinking about it.

I now need to catch with work, routine life, reading and yes, blogging as well. I am currently reading Andrea Dworkin's memoir Heartbreak, which is serving as a good reminder and an antidote after so much of feel-goodness and optimism, that things are not always rosy, at least not for everybody and beneath the surface happiness may lie undercurrents of prejudice, hatred and violence. It is extremely powerful and very witty and engaging too. I will write about in detail later as well. I probably should revisit her book on Pornography too which I had found extremely tendentious and distasteful when I read it last. I am also reading a Hindi novel called Ek Inch Muskaan written by the (then) writer-couple Rajendra Yadav and Mannu Bhandari. It is a very interesting experiment with both of them writing alternating chapters in the voices of different characters. I am feeling a little sad saying this, but I really need to work on my hindi vocabulary and comprehension skills, which is actually much worse than it sounds because my English is not so good as well. And to think that there are so many people in the world who are so skilled in more than half a dozen languages!

8 comments:

Szerelem said...

You're back!! Your posts were missed indeed and look forward to reading the ones on the wedding.

Also, I think it's very amusing that you say your English is bad. Really, Alok!
My Hindi is awful as well, my excuse is that I never really ever studies it in school and at home we speak almost always in English...it's a great source of embarrasment now. Amusingly though, learning Turkish and also the Urdu script and reading more Urdu has meant that my vocabulary of Persianised words is much better than that of shuddh Sanskritized Hindi. I realised lately that I have started using these bombastic sounding words whenever I converse in Hindi now - as rare as that is!

Szerelem said...

*My Hindis is awful* - no as well. I'm sure you're Hindi is not bad at all.

Roxana Ghita said...

welcome back :-)
ha your English is bad pleeease!

Madhuri said...

Oh yes, your English must be bad - I struggle to make sense of it all the time :) Didn't know false modesty was one of your virtues! BTW, welcome back

Kubla Khan said...

Alok, hello

It is good to see that you are around again. i expect that you will resume to write again with your usual verve and gusto.
cheers

Alok said...

thanks ppl for the warm welcome :)

and also for nice things about my English...

km said...

hey, thanks for that book recommendation. I've been looking around for some new Hindi literature....

AASHU said...

So, finally, I find something in your blog that I can relate to. Its about your sister's marriage, who, though not incidently but, happens to be mine too. In your post you have written about writing something about that so-called (and, no doubt,rightly so)elaborate affair in detail in future. Looking forward to a post on that by Mr. Proust.........