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Readalog #8 | When You Just Got To Have A Plan


Readalog by Neha

December 1 · Issue #8 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.

“If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever be done.”
Sigh. These words = story of my life. And that’s why there was no newsletter last week (ha, you didn’t even notice, did you?).
All the more reason for me to be disciplined about it. Have a plan. Execute it flawlessly. And I need your help in this. Reprimand me if I falter? Please? Thank you! Promising you a regular delivery hereon. Happy reading!

From Around the Web
  1. In the age of constant connectivity and instant connections, people don’t exactly ‘disappear’ from your life. While for the most part it’s a good thing, it makes a particular nostalgia of losing friends to unknown realms over time non-existent. This article reflecting on those very undocumented friendships which don’t appear to exist anymore, is a lovely read.
  2. Remember the Dhara Jalebi ad? In this nostalgic piece, Shephali takes us behind the scenes of the iconic ad, bringing forth the warm memories of the olden days.
  3. If you’re clued in on the Indian Controversy Inc., you’d be aware of the Shilpa Shetty and her Animal Farm comment. Being a celebrity comes with its own set of liabilities. To not have the liberty to ‘fake read’, for example. In this too-honest piece, Mini K confesses (and assures all of us) having fake read. We all do it. Only, some get caught, and some are lucky.
  4. PG Wodehouse! *waits for the fanboys and fangirls to scream* The personal archives of the much-loved and acclaimed author, who wrote everyday till his last day, has now found a place at British Library! REJOICE!
  5. And lastly, this resplendent essay about the joys (and the need) of reading is a delightful read. We can’t interrupt books; we can only interrupt ourselves while reading them. As a bonus, it enlists some great book recommendations from the writer!
Book of the Week
Ours Are The Streets. Sunjeev Sahota.
Ours Are The Streets. Sunjeev Sahota.
The nights would feel so cold over there, like the cold wanted to settle in my bones and make me its home.
In Three Words: Excruciating. Lyrical. Hypnotic.
Beyond the Book: Published in January 2011, this is the author’s debut novel. In 2013, the author was included in the Granta list of 20 best young British writers. Remarkably, Sahota had not read a novel until he was 18 years old, and Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was the first novel he read.
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
n. frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone—spending the first few weeks chatting in their psychological entryway, with each subsequent conversation like entering a different anteroom, each a little closer to the center of the house—wishing instead that you could start there and work your way out, exchanging your deepest secrets first, before easing into casualness, until you’ve built up enough mystery over the years to ask them where they’re from, and what they do for a living.
@dog_rates. They are good dogs, Brent! If you know what it means, congratulations for being part of the cool club. If not, please check WeRateDogs asap! A fun project started by Matt, a nineteen-year old bored freshman, just about a year ago is now probably the best thing on the internet (okay, among the best five things on the internet). Witness the cockles of your heart getting warmed as he rates dogs after dogs, with a hilarious commentary. 
On Melancholy Hill. A song which keeps featuring in my playlist every few months, playing on loop for weeks, yet doesn’t get old. There’s something about melancholy which keeps you hooked, isn’t there?
P.S. Please forward this edition to whoever you think might enjoy reading it. Thank you! :)
Till next week…
With warmth and gratitude
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