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Readalog Issue #4 | Of Festive Cheer


Readalog by Neha

October 27 · Issue #4 · 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.

In my part of the world, winter has marked its presence, with the slightest nip in the air. Add to it the festive season, making it the most beautiful time of the year.
Happy Diwali to you. :) May there always be light, to complement (and counter) your darkness. And for moments when you struggle to see the light, try fairy lights. They make everything better, instantly.

From around the web
  • Call it our internal safety valve (I prefer ‘denial’), but we always believe that mishaps don’t happen with normal people like us. Tragedies only strike others, not us. Till they do. In ‘After The Big One’ - a five-part fictional series about an earthquake hitting Oregon, writer Adam Rothstein forces the readers to imagine what happens when tragedy strikes closer home. Literally. Read the entire series here:
  1. Five minutes
  2. Neighbourhood Emergency
  3. Fuel to the Fire
  4. Poorly Distributed
  5. Little Rose City
  6. Bonus: A foreword to the series
  • Lupita Nyong'o has become a kind of poster-girl for all colour-conversation in Hollywood after charming the critics’ and audiences’ pants off in 12 Years A Slave (and rightfully earning that Oscar!). In this interview with The Guardian’s Nosheen Iqbal, she lets us see the charmer from up close, without letting on too much.
  • We all have heard it - relationships need work, just love isn’t enough. But how much work is too much work. What does one do when the burden of that work becomes too much to take? When it goes beyond the adjustment and understanding issues to basic issues of survival? When love isn’t as simple as just standing by your man?Her words haunted me for weeks, but I was wrong about them. They weren’t an ultimatum. They were a proclamation of defeat.
  • In a world where nothing is as glorified as the badge of motherhood, there is an increasing tribe of women who regret having kids and are admitting the regret, however gingerly. The social conditioning still doesn’t allow women the space to even wish so, but women all over the world are coming forward to say it: I regret having my children.
Book of the Week
The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern.
The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern.
You’re not destined or chosen, I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it’s not true. You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.
In three words: Awe-inspiring. Languid. Magical.
Beyond the book: An audiobook version of the book, narrated by Jim Dale, is available online. The book is also being adapted into a film (and possibly a TV series), produced by David Heyman and Jeff Clifford.
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
It’s a Russian word, which at its deepest and most painful, is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels, it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning.
@Harry_Jerry Harry is a self-confessed shopaholic, who is on the mission to redeem himself by helping others find the best deals and discounts online. Follow him for the love of shopping, butter chicken, and general nonsense. (Oh, and while you’re at it, wish him a happy birthday too!)
Come Into My Room is Shouvik Roy‘s debut single and an old favourite. Since listening to it for the first time (and getting over the fact that it’s your bossman crooning from the speakers), I’ve been playing the song on loop whenever I feel gloomy and need a little cheering. The song has a light-hearted feel-good vibe, reminding you of sun-kissed days and lending a spring in your steps. (More than anything else, the song is a testimony to the fact that it’s never too late to dream a new dream or to achieve an old one.)
With warmth and gratitude
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