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Readalog Issue #5 | Time is Flying (Never to Return)


Readalog by Neha

November 3 · Issue #5 · 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.

Today, I woke up with the realisation that it’s November already! Seems as if only a few days have passed since 2016 started, and in less than 60 days 2017 will be here. But isn’t it so every year? Before we even get used to the idea of putting the new year on the dates, it’s time for the year to become old. I don’t remember the last time I felt time isn’t flying. Do you?
For what it’s worth, let’s use this days judiciously and make the year count. :) Make those phone calls, meet people, have conversations, write more, read more, eat better… And maybe revisit the resolutions (if you’re one of those!) you made at the beginning of this year?

From around the web
  1. In this delightful essay, Lizzie Feidelson recounts what she saw in strangers’ apartments, from her experience as a part-time employee at a professional apartment cleaning service.
  2. If you, like me, aren’t married yet, and get worried about the notions of romance 10 years into the relationship, you must read this piece. It’s reassuring, calming and takes away a lot of pressure about the popular ideas about romance, stripping it down to bare realities. ‘True romance, though, is more like the movie True Romance: Two deluded, lazy people face a bewildering sea of filth and blood and gore together, but they make it through somehow, some way, without losing their minds completely.’
  3. Talking of romance, death is one of the most romanticised concepts - and suicide, even more so. In this matter-of-factly and honest account, Rohan Sabharwal writes why suicide is a bad idea, especially because it might not work. It takes away the romanticisation of the concept and brings forth some hard-hitting realities, enough to send chills down your spine.
  4. Here is the story of a boy who sought euthanasia a decade ago because of his insufferable medical condition, but lived to be an engineer.
  5. Cultural appropriation involves the use of one culture’s elements by a group or individual who does not belong to that culture. However, this definition is lacking because such an interaction may be labeled simply as cultural exchange.’ So what exactly is cultural appropriation? Read it here.
    Book of the Week
    Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    To call him humble was to make rudeness normal. Besides, humility had always seemed to him a specious thing, invented for the comfort of others; you were praised for humility by people because you did not make them feel any more lacking than they already did. It was honesty that he valued; he had always wished himself to be truly honest, and always feared that he was not.
    In three words: Nuanced. Harrowing. Compelling
    Beyond the Book: Published in 2003, this is Adichie’s debut novel (followed by Americanah and Half Of A Yellow Sun). She’s heavily and unapologetically inspired by Chinua Achebe, and the opening lines of the book - ‘Things started to fall apart at home…’ - are an almost tribute to Achebe. Her writing style is deeply engaging without being preachy, and you can get a flavour of that in her most famous TED talk titled We Should All Be Feminists.
    Buy the book here.
    Word Wise
    n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake.
    @aliceinandheri Amidst the loud voices, incessant chatter and mindless outrage, Namrata’s tweets are a bundle of positivity on the timeline. Her words force you to pause, breathe and live the moment. If mindfulness could be personified, you’d be looking at Namrata. Follow her to find your 140-characters worth of zen.
    Don’t Wanna Know is Maroon 5’s latest single. A typical Adam Levine song on paper, where he doesn’t want to learn about his ex’s new relationships, in execution it is surprisingly not a brooding song. It has a very strong Songs About Jane feel, and has a breezy, bouncy light-heartedness to it, compelling enough to have it being played on loop.
    With warmth and gratitude
    P.S. Please share it with your friends if you liked reading this issue, and they might enjoy it too. Thank you! :)
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