Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Literary world etc. etc. ( by Floyd)

Its been a long time since i've written on my blog ... and I am still wondering what I should write .... actually there are two types of writings - 1) writing for oneself and 2) writing for others .

Writing for oneself is also what one would call expressing oneself , its therapeutic for the writer because he/she can give a vent to his/her feelings thus acting as a catharsis . Osho Rajneesh in one of his discourses pointed out that reading such "cathartic" works would burden the reader rather then enlighten him . Whereas,reading scriptures or books on spirituality broadens ones perspective and helps in finding joy in life.The people who write for oneself however find greater fan followings and hence bigger cheques. Its a depressed world looking for even more depressing stories. Hindi film director Karan Johar has this mantra for success that if you make the audience cry, you go laughing to the bank ... and isn't that damn true!!!

When people write for themselves they many a times try to dump their confusion on their loyal readers . One big example of this is the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.I dont know how a school teacher can have such a wild imagination to imagine such occult/weird stuff. She must have surely been a witch doctor is some rural part of India in her last birth (haha).It is sad that parents encourage their kids to read such books when in India we have so many beautiful epics.

Paulo Coelho,the famous author of the novel THE ALCHEMIST also seems to be a confused soul.His books seem to be a cocktail of christianity,islam,indian spirituality,sufism and his own experiences , though I must say he does a good job in putting together the spiritual ideas with an interesting storyline .

Well, in the absence of things to write about I feel i have already said enough ... Its no doubt that today the literary world is fully commercialised and the idea is to give the readers what they want so that the bank statements of authors and publisherslook better every month .

Thats all I can say for now ... would love to know what's your take on what I wrote .... Thanks and Take Care ... See you soon

8 comments:

me n onli said...

datz a real nice post... but cummon... dunt b so harsh on j. k rowlin... i bet even though u feel sorrie for dose motherz who make der children read her bukz... u must have also read one... atleast one...

Floyd said...

Well, I dont intend to be rude to anyone ... I have glanced through Harry Potter books only to realise that it aint healthy reading.

Tanz said...

But then there are millions of readers all over the world that loved the series.I doubt parents "make" their children read hp books specifically.
I think you are being little dogmatic here.Besides,comparing hp books to Indian epics is comparing apples and oranges.
There is no harm in appreciating any good literature be it by an Indian author or otherwise.Its for the betterment of the language itself.

Apart from that its nice post.keep it up.

Floyd said...

@tanz
yea cant compare epics n harry potter .... but parents n kids both nowadays hav dis notion dat its 'yo' to read harry potter n look down upon timeless epics ... so dats wat really hurts me

Ai$h\/\/aryA said...

wel, opinions r different i must say.. and as fr the part where u ve spoken abt "parens makin their kids read a book".. i don c tht happenin.. i doubt ne kid reads / doesn read a book cz his/her parent has told him to do so..
n appreciation is how each one percieves a book.. there r ppl hu appreciate both HP and stephen Hawkins..its jus opinion tht differs...

Floyd said...

@Aishwarya
well, da point im making shud be an eye opener ... da literature dat da west is promoting is basically da catharsis of da author , da authors are basically expressing their wildest ideas and this exercise leaves them lighter and ofcourse due to da huge readership dey earn millions ... hav your read kafka or seen Picasso paintings?... den u vil understand
what confusion dey portray in their work .. and dey were hailed as the best ...
many ppl love cigarettes but dat doesnt mean they are good for health ... so its not always a matter of opinions and views .. da truth prevails no matter wat

Sandy said...

hey floyd very well done...
bt i think reading is imp.it doesnt matter which book it is.Mostly kids read wat dey lik to read nobody can force dem to do things.

Floyd said...

@sandy
u hav missed the point