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October 1st, 2001 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

October 1st, 2001

October 1st, 2001
06:41 pm



On saturday I went to Kalasipalayam and booked the tickets for October 24th on Kallada. After that I came to office and was trapped here as it started raining heavily. Besides, I got some work as well.

Yesterday I spent at home, as usual. Watched the movies "Kuttettan" and "Gaandharvam" on television. Finished "Payyan Kathakal". Since I got a discount from Fabmart, I bought the collection of RK Narayan's works published by Viking Penguin (4 volumes). It is not that I think RKN is a great writer. But it is nice to read his writings. I have read his "Swami and Friends", "The Guide" and "Bachelor of Arts" sometime back. All are quite readable, and I enjoyed reading "Swami and Friends" when I was in school.

Also bought "The World of Premchand" , a collection of 30 short stories by Prem Chand, published by Oxford University Press. I liked "The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari)". Set in the 19th century, all are enjoying life, eating, drinking and playing cards and chess in Oudh, when the Nawab is overthrown by the British (I guess he himself was a perfect model for the people). The generals of the army are least bothered about the Nawab, but they fight over for their kings in the Chess board, and eventually get wounded by each other and die. A movie has been made by Satyajit Ray based on this short story, but I haven't got a chance to see it yet. Anyway, a classic story.

Long back I had read the satirical Russian novel "Oblomov" in which the central character is too lazy to get up from the bed and asks the servants to bring food to the bedside. Oblomov is conscious of his laziness, but he is too lazy to come out of his laziness. He has a girlfriend and is invited to her house one day. (I am writing this from memory, the situation may be different). He starts from house, but comes back home after some time. She marries someone else, eventually. I liked this novel a lot when I read it.

Is it a crime to forget one's own responsibilities (as defined by the society) and indulge in the things of one's own interest, let it be eating, sleeping, dreaming, or doing nothing?....:-)))

YESTERDAY This Day's Madness did prepare;
TO-MORROW's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you not know whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

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Tomorrow is one more holiday... It is Gandhi Jayanthi. I guess the Malayalam channels are showing plenty of movies tomorrow. So I will be in front of idiots box for the full day...

Had attended a "pretty" training session today..:-)

After writing this, I just searched in google and found the complete text of Oblomov at http://www.oblomovka.com/eldritch/iag/ob1-1.htm

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