Monday, 23 April 2012

Things to Read

So yeah, anyways, reading list. I’ve been buying so many books over this semester, not having the time or the energy to read them mainly because I anyways have SO much to read as it is. Of the wonderful stuff that I’ve bought, I’ve already managed to read a few, forgoing my sleep for the cause (think: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, One Thousand and One Nights, Maximum Ride graphic novel vol. 3 & 4, Ancient Gift Shop vol. 1 & 2, The Witches). But I still have so much to go!!!

Here’s the list:
  1. Reading Lolita in Tehran
  2. Flowers in the Attic
  3. Mirror Mirror
  4. The Namesake
  5. Dating Da Vinci
  6. Beauty
  7. A Pale View of Hills
  8. Life Is Beautiful (screenplay)
  9. Granta -- Young Spanish Writers
  10. Jamaica Inn 
  11. My Cousin Rachel
  12. Sweet Desserts
  13. Losing It
  14. Susanna's Seven Husbands

Friday, 6 April 2012

Because I am bored.

I think one of the reasons I like Sherlock as much as I do (read my previous post for that bit of adoration) is because I like how Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes. He is often bored & when he is, roams about in his night clothes, sometimes even just a sheet, sulks, becomes a shade rude, orders his clients "Please don't be boring" & shoots his drawing room walls. And I relate to that. Admittedly, I have no clients and I do not shoot my walls...I don't even have a revolver. But I see how boredom would make one sulk around the house and become jumpy. Very, very jumpy.

Not that i don't have a lot to do. That's the point. I do. Too much of it. But it's not fun, you know? And the thing is, I don't know anymore what my idea of fun is. Since everything I do is anyways related to literature, I can't bring myself to read novels anymore....not for a little while at least (I'm sure once the exams are done with, I'll attacking my pending reading list).

Since yesterday, I've blogged. This is the 2nd post in two days. Which, considering my latest records, is unusual. I've read some graphic novels that I ordered on Flipkart (more on that later), I again watched Season 7 of Friends, I jumped on my bed, I even studied. And it's not catching my fancy.

If you have any suggestions, at all, about what to do, please let me know. And echoing Mr. Holmes, Don"t Be Boring.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Game is On!! Or was, until Season 3 starts!


I don't how many even read this thing anymore. But I shall go on anyways.
Yes, so. I think anyone who claims to know me even a little bit would know that i adore literature. And on the days that I am stressed/annoyed/depressed... there are just a few things I can turn to. Detection fiction & murder mysteries being some. And I don't care if that, of all things, makes one morbid. So anyways, the point is that my friend BT called me up one day and positively shouted--- " You HAVE to watch this show called Sherlock!"
Which I ignored. She wasn't the first person who told/ordered me to watch it. And I have way too many things to do/read/watch/worry about than see yet another adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. And the next day in class I told her as much. To which she replied, "Watch Sherlock. Don't study. Just watch Sherlock!!!!" And saying that, she handed me the pendrive. After a very very very very long, tiring and uninteresting day, I came home and finally saw it.
And it is brilliant!! I haven't watch any television series in a long, long time that is so utterly beautiful, brilliant & pure genius. Because that's what Sherlock is. (I am still a huge fan of Modern Family... but then, that's a whole different genre all together, no?) The best thing about Sherlock is this: it is not a remake of any of Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's stories. It is set in the contemporary times, where Sherlock Holmes texts and people wonder & conclude out loud that he and Dr. Watson are happily gay. In this version, Holmes hates that funny hat of his, Watson keeps a blog, Holmes has a rather dull and awfully technical website and they are both internet sensations and so on. The guy who wrote it, Steven Moffat is a genius. And he isn't a genius just because he was able to write such brilliant stories and mysteries. No. That's not it. He's a genius because he has managed to pick up characters, really wonderful characters, that have been immortalised by a legend a really long time back, put them in a different time altogether, post-modernist context (and all that jazz that any literary critic may throw at you) and have adapted them with such care and injecting intricate details in their personality, without doing away with the original basic personality of any of them. And the best part (apart from Sherlock not being fond of his hat)? That none of the stories are by Doyle. They all, all allude to the original novels & short stories of Sherlock Holmes. The 1st episode of Season 1 is called A Study in Pink which is clearly a reminder to the faithful fans of Sherlock Holmes that must constitute quite a bit of the audience of Sherlock about the original A Study in Scarlet. In fact, all the episode are named that way. Both Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson still in 221B, Baker Street and that made me smile for a really long time. Because it is inconceivable that Sherlock Holmes should inhabit any other place.
Benedict Cumberbatch is so convincing as socially-challenged genius. He is an amazing actor and makes up for a very good looking Sherlock Holmes. All of the actors in fact. Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss and of course the very brilliant Andrew Scott.
BBC One's Sherlock has convinced me that Sherlock Holmes is after all a human being. A genius one, not always sensitive. But a human nonetheless. He is shown, as the title goes, Sherlock and not necessarily as Holmes.
So yes, yesterday I went up to someone I know and set her a task of watching Sherlock. As far as I know that the series is not available in India. But really, get hold of it somehow and watch it!