(A bit of) Straightening Up :)

Apparently, one post was all it took! I already feel like I’m back to blogging.

During my active-blogging-days, I used to go through each day, see everything partly through a blogger’s eyes. I used to always be open to wandering thoughts and ponder over how to write it out. Each passing thought or incident went through a sort of scrutiny, just in case it was something I could blog about. And, I seem to be back to that stage now. I keep thinking of what I could possibly blog about; I write down interesting sentences I build up in my head, jot down random thoughts; I observe people, places and situations much more closely. Do note that this happened just hours after my previous blog post. And, then, it struck me…I feel like I’m back on track. Almost, I suppose.

The past few months were much like a whirlwind of activities. March was my last month at school, as a teacher. And I was completely caught up with everything. Completing portions, spending time with the kids, finishing up the tasks. It was quite hectic but I didn’t really mind. Probably because I knew that I wouldn’t get to experience it again. April was more of a roller-coaster ride. I finally got to Bangalore (a place I’ve had in mind for the past two years!) and before I knew it, everything had fallen into place much more perfectly than I had expected to. I’ve almost settled in with the new atmosphere, place and people. Like any roller-coaster ride, I also had some down-times, instances when I was emotionally low. But then, I know it will pass (even though it seems to be taking its own time in doing so).

The only writing I did in the last few months was in my diary…the normal rant about incidents, emotions, day-to-day events, random thoughts. Even those entries were not regular. Still, I kept at it. For the sake of the joy and solace it gave me every time I wrote something.

A week or so ago, while writing out about the day, I realized that it had been ages since I wrote a poem. There was a time when I used to have books/diaries filled with poems and now, I can’t remember the last time I wrote one! That’s when it struck me that I hadn’t really been writing, in the true sense of the word. Whatever writing I did in the diary barely helped in keeping the spark alive. It felt like I had been trying to keep myself just alive, barely so…and not nurture it back to life completely. Like managing to stay afloat but never taking the effort to reach ashore.

So, now, I need to get out of the rut and..well, write. For real. 🙂 Thoughts and ideas are always welcome. (I could seriously use some help!)

What does writing mean to you? What does it do for you? 🙂 

 

The Shining: Which Truly Shines – Movie or Book?

I thought that soliloquy might have just managed to save my blog. But looks like the ‘saving’ is still under way.

Last day, I wrote in my diary, after quite a long time. And, I don’t know if it was the myriad thoughts already in my mind, bursting to be freed, or the way the pen floated so smoothly over the paper (LOVED the feel of it) or even the mere act of writing…but I ended up writing a lot. Like, a lot. And not just normal diary entries; the ‘lot’ included random thoughts, some crazy, some profound. At the end of it, the process of emptying all those thoughts onto paper felt so great, so relieving…so much that I couldn’t stop smiling and feeling happy. And that also gave me  this longing to blog. Which is why I’m back here, nearly one month after I promised myself I would try not to neglect my blog!

The book I’m currently reading is ‘The Shining‘ by Stephen King. I saw the movie a few months ago. I kept seeing it in all the ‘Top the-shiningHorror Movies’ lists and decided to watch it (being the horror-movie-fan I am). Unfortunately, I didn’t like it much. I was disappointed, to be honest. Yes, it might probably be because I was expecting a real horror movie. By the end of the movie, I couldn’t figure out if there were actual horror incidents in the movie or if they were all just the characters’ imaginations. I’d call it more of a psycho-thriller than a horror movie.

But the book is an entirely different case! There were quite a few instances in the book which gave me the chills (and I’m only halfway into it!). It pulls you pulled me into the life of the Torrance family in a way the movie didn’t. The characters have a depth that they lacked in the movie (in the movie, I couldn’t figure out if Jack Torrance had a streak of insanity right from the beginning or if the hotel/the ghosts did it to him)…a depth that makes you understand why they act/react the way they do, that makes you see sense in what happens to them. It’s a lot different from the movie in terms of situations, characters and plot. Jack Torrance seems to be a much more emotional person, deeply attached to his wife and son, more than I remember him to be in the movie.

Well, I did some googling, and, turns out I’m not the only one who didn’t like the movie so much.

Stephen King has been quoted as saying that although Kubrick made a film with memorable imagery, it was not a good adaptation of his novel and is the only adaptation of his novels that he could “remember hating”. 

… King suggested that he disliked the downplaying of the supernatural element of the film, which he felt took the “bite” out of the story and made Jack a less sympathetic character. According to King, he viewed Jack as being victimized by the genuinely external supernatural forces haunting the hotel, whereas Kubrick’s take viewed the haunting and its resulting malignancy as coming from within Jack himself.” 

Sometimes, I wonder why exactly books turn out to be much better than their movie adaptations. The experience with ‘The Shining’ offers one possible explanation. A book can delve deeper into characters than a movie, giving you a lot of background with which to understand more about a person – his traits, behaviour, idiosyncrasies. This is particularly true in the case of books made into movies. The book would have drawn out a complete portrayal of the characters, giving you a perfect grasp of why they acted in the way they did. The movie can hardly achieve this kind of detail, considering the limitations the medium has, as compared to a book. So, when someone who has read the book watches the movie, they see semi-detailed characters, interesting situations omitted/altered, less sense in the way the plot pans out.

 

Whatever reviews might say, I’d skip the movie and go for the book any day! 🙂

Care to mention the movie-adaptations which, you felt, lacked the depth of the book?   

Diary-Writing=Blogging????

Yesternight, my younger sister – Janet – came home after her first year exams! 🙂 So, after many months, all of us are together again! 🙂 It feels great, obviously. But today has been kind of a bad day. Don’t know why but I’ve been feeling a little low. Actually, I hate Fridays; I’ve always hated them for some reason or the other. And I’ve rarely had happy Fridays (except maybe when I was back in college).

Even right now, sitting here, thinking of what to write for today, I’m blank. There’s a certain kind of monotony settling in right now, a sort of pattern in the way I spend my days. And I HATE that! I absolutely hate monotony in life and can get easily demotivated by it. Which is probably why I’m feeling low right now. Because I seriously can’t put my finger on any other possible reason!

You know what? Janet never really reads my blog. But recently, when I asked her, she told me that she read the last few posts, through the updates in Facebook. I was extremely happy when I heard that. So, when she came, I asked her what she thought about it. She was like “It’s more like diary writing, I thought blogging was supposed to be like talking about a specific topic.” She joked that it would have been better if I just started diary writing over on my blog. OK, I admit I was a little disappointed by the nonchalance and lack of appreciation in her comment. But apart from that, I was struck by what she said.

So many people think blogging is about voicing your opinions on serious issues (like politics, current affairs, blah blah). Yes, it is about all that. And so much more. Much much more. Blogging is a platform for you to write about absolutely anything you want. It could be about your thoughts, your take on some issue, improving your writing, talking about experiences, reaching out to similar writers, displaying your talent (photography, writing, art), sharing new information (recipes!!!), just random banter…anything under the Sun.

A blog isn’t exactly a place where people discuss and/or argue about the latest political developments or social issues, although it is certainly a part of blogging. You could just be blogging about your day, what you did or what you went through, or even something as simple as what you ate for lunch. And it would still be called blogging!

(I hope) This is how my readers look like while reading my nonsense 😛

I know my blog is of a personal nature and might seem more like journal entries. But this isn’t how I write in my diary. I CANNOT blog about everything that happens in my life, I can write that in my diary. I do not write elaborately about my crazy thoughts in my diary, I save those for my blog. I do not find like-minded people through my diary, I do it over here. I do not let anyone read my diary (Hell NO!); on the other hand,I want people to read my blog (which clearly points out this is NOT diary-writing for me!). Reading my diary would be utterly boring for others,  while my blog is far more interesting (atleast, that’s what  I hope!). I do not want ‘likes’ and comments on my diary, but I want them here. And, I have to admit, I write a lot more of bullshit in my diary! 😀

I could come up with so many more differences between the two. But, I guess this will do, for now (can’t wait to get my sis to read this!). Let me also add this one bit – I LOVE diary writing! Just as much as I love blogging (though I’m a lot more regular with the latter!). Damn, where did I begin and where have I ended up? Like every other time!! Nothing new, I suppose. Anyway, I hope I’ve made the idea of blogging a tiny bit clearer to all those who thought it was diary-writing! 🙂

Happy weekend to y’all! 🙂