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The Break

by Vimala Ramu
(Bangalore)

Having let loose an avalanche of blogs, I decided to take a break, probably to the great relief of my readers. This was not due to any writer’s block. It was because I decided to reverse the process for a few days and absorb some ‘gyaan’.


Ever since I started writing, my daughter has been taking lot of pains to supply me constantly with good reading material from her club library in the faint hope that, perhaps, that would improve my punctuation and syntax if not the grammar and spelling. Her library_ a very ancient one, is a veritable treasure house of books ranging from yellow paged heavy tomes to slick modern best sellers.

Much as I love the old favorites, I got a sudden craving for the latter. I asked her to get me Chetan Bhagat’s books to read. After waiting in vain to land a copy due to the heavy demand, she decided to purchase the whole lot of his books along with a few more and gifted them to me on my birthday.

This was nothing short of a bonanza to me, an avid reader. To enjoy the books without break I declared to myself a ‘no writing’ week. I would attend to my daily household chores, e mails and then sit down to read the books reclining on a plush divan with bolsters and cushions all round. A rainy weather, catered meals, spicy snacks and a handy shawl completed the picture of a Paradise for the whole week.

Ecstatically I would get deeply involved in the nerdy IITs, IIMs and interstate marriages and the concomitant problems, the frustrated lives of the agents in the call centre and the mystic, divine intervention, the fatal combination of business, religion and Cricket with some contraband sex in the lives of the young people. Having had similar cases in the family, I could relate totally to the interstate marriage, but enjoyed the others equally well.

In sheer gratitude, I thanked Chandrika for the total enjoyment I had in my book paradise (incidentally the word Paradise means a walled garden in Persian). But she, who had never been enamored of my writing, told me,

“Mom, I can flood you with books, provided you promise never to write again”

Little did she know that my ‘break’ itself would spawn a brand new blog!.

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Nov 18, 2010
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thanks
by: vimala ramu

Thank you, Geetha. I really enjoyed the 'break'though some people would have me enjoying it permanently !!!

Nov 18, 2010
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A GOOD BREAK
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

One of my good net friend honestly believes in the dictum "read, read, read, write, write, write" not in that perfect order though. I endorse her view wholeheartedly and can appreciate the much needed break that you enjoyed for a week. Keep posting more such writes!

Nov 17, 2010
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Requirement
by: vimala ramu

Yes, each blogsite has its own requirements. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them asks for the date of your wedding even!

Nov 17, 2010
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Anonymous is me
by: Anonymous

Oops that anonymous is me. Again I forgot to put in my name.Actually I am used to commenting on writespace for which the name comes in automatically...

Sonal

Nov 17, 2010
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thanks
by: vimala ramu

Thank you,Deepika and 'Anonymous'(whom I presume is Sonal,ha,ha)

Nov 17, 2010
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Outcome of Break
by: Deepika

I enjoyed this as usual.You are just wonderful.

Nov 16, 2010
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Clarification
by: Anonymous

Sorry Vimala, that Anonymous (Break ke baad)is me. Again forgot to put in my name.

Nov 16, 2010
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The break
by: vimala ramu

Thank you all,my dears, for reiterating your faith in my writing.

Nov 16, 2010
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The Break
by: Sneha

Well well well, Vimala, I would love to talk to your daughter and tell her if you stop writing, there will be a big lapse and something amiss in your readers and fan followers lives. (I know for a fact that I am one of them, not the only one)
LOVED THIS ARTICLE. I felt that this was you at your lovely best.
Keep spinning the web of words and keep us enticed...

Nov 16, 2010
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What a Come Back
by: Lakshmi

Super Comeback:)

Nov 16, 2010
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Break ke Baad
by: Anonymous

Loved this 'break ke baad' yet another interesting write up from you. Very sweet. I am sure your daughter too secretly loves it when you defy her and go on...

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