Once upon a time, on any given day I used to read one-two books on daily basis. With photographic
memory and an inordinate love for lingua Anglais it was pure manna for me. Being an outdoorsy sporty type as well,
I used to play with friends after school until sun died down and cows went home! At home, I’d curl up in nooks
and crannies being quite slight in build and dad would have devil of a time searching for me and admonishing roundly
as he worried about my poor eyes –but in those days I rather fancied “spectacles” salivating for a pince-nez
on my perfectly formed nose! Later when I did get them as a wish fulfillment, I learnt to hate them malevolently! Ha!
I read just about everything I could lay my hands on but “thrillers, whodunits and then romances” were genres
I liked most in that order. Books found me like magnets to metal. Friends, acquaintances unloaded their piles
on me throughout the years and I’ve happily obliged.
Then I got married, became a wife and mother. Arranged marriages are usually hit or miss – mine was a huge miss-
enough said. For quarter century I lived a full fledged internal life behaving like an automaton externally.
I never thought there was an out until destiny declared ‘enough is enough’. Books had become a distant dream
during this period of my life. Then destiny decided to turn my life on its head and I got remarried.
I came into a house of book lovers in the big Apple no less! My suppressed love for words surfaced
and I swam in it deliriously. Regardless of good or bad times, I never lost my sense of humor –fake
or genuine; I took my laughter pill religiously. Above all, I survived. Writing became my outlet and poems
are my lazy way of expressing what’s in my heart and I think I’ve become adept at it- I have to be grateful
to two office colleagues who literally kicked my behind to get me started on my writing gig.
Now that I have a free hand and total freedom, I find that even though books give me a high like none other –
am unable to stay put and read one at a go – my long suppressed persona is like an imp that has suddenly
whooshed out of bottled life and wants to drink life real’s elixir firsthand and travel gives me these
highs and lows. I greedily drink nature in its full regalia with my 20/20 vision post cataract surgery
and being a people watcher I get further entertained. My home is overflowing with books that I fondle
lovingly; consoling them with words like “one day when I retire and come
to a full stop” I will sip you page by page cover to cover like my favorite masala chai!
Until then hold your horses”
What to do, life is short, I need to be everywhere in person, eyes all agog in wonderment. Still, that has
not stopped me from downloading books on my IPad and also buying “spined” ones. That is it – my confession
in a nutshell. I may also suffer from ADD -(attn. deficit disorder- maybe) lol ~ Finis.