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The simple life

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Finished the book in 2 weeks — it usually takes me at least 3 to 4 months, sometimes longer. Yeah, it’s atrocious. I’m not known for my attention span. And I suppose it’s about finding a topic that really, really interests me — I remember finishing the Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey books really, really quickly. Heh. Heh. Heh.

But I’ve also changed how and when I read. Before, reading was mostly an opportunistic activity that I did during pockets of ‘free’ time (when there wasn’t something more interesting on the iPhone) — during train rides, at the hairdresser or masseur, or any situation where I anticipated a long waiting period when I wouldn’t be able to do anything else. The problem with trying to read a book this way is that continuity is erratic since these pockets of time do not come by regularly, especially when there is always something more interesting on the iPhone. An erratic reading pace is not the best way to enjoy a book, and I lose momentum and interest very quickly.

I now set aside time in the evenings and weekends at home to read. And if I do want to read during train rides, I only do so if there’s a reasonable amount of time to cover meaningful chunks.

It’s also helped that I’m making an effort to go offline from time to time, and that includes reading off the iPhone or computer, which is why I think it’s still important to buy books and to find a cozy spot to settle down and hold a book in your hands. No doubt, this limits what I can read at a particular point in time, whereas with technology, I can simply click on a few links — or as the case more often is, just ‘mindlessly’ click on what the newsfeeds throw up — and be presented with myriad options. The internet is capable of responding to my wants and whims, and with immediacy. But it can also become a distraction precisely because of the many other possibilities proferred by technology.

Interestingly, I’ve learned to appreciate reading not only for what’s inside the books, but also for the experience itself — lazing in bed, sometimes with The Dog for company, enjoying the quiet of the moment with no other distraction. It feels simple, uncluttered, and it feels good :-)

I can’t wait to lie back on my heap of pillows again and start on the next book :-)


Written by The Intimate Stranger

December 8th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

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