Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Siddhartha

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7 comments:

  1. hmm..

    Its good that you liked siddartha.

    Though Siddartha had profound thoughts, the language it was written was very simple and lucid.

    Are you sure that siddartha says anything about 'scared', 'scared moments' or 'should not'.

    If you want to really understand siddartha, don't 'exactly' go by what is actually written. But look at the events in his life and his reactions to the events.

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  2. well, i idnt know u write too. and u write good. that reply is not by me but my friend. how r ur two kids doing?

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  3. Roopesh,
    I agree that what i wrote is not what the book is all about.
    But then it would not make any sense to write a copy of Siddhartha here.
    I started in first person, about what it meant to me, not only the journey but also the moments in it. The end is one of those moments which i choose to pick up, as per my subjective experiences at that particular time. And how I want to express about them, may not be openly but in disguised form???
    The most important thing for me was that I wrote what i wanted to express!!

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  4. hmm...
    hey its ur blog, so obviously u can write what to want and how do u feel.
    me just clarified few things.

    according to the siddartha or that novel, anything n everything is fine (that is how i interpret it).

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  5. like many other things, we can "enhance" our interpretations too...on hindsight "enhance" isnt the right word, because interpretations are moment-specific... you would not, in all probability, have the same two thoughts about the same experience separated by, say, a few years, or a few additional ones....

    though written beautifully, there is a slight chance you might have gone a little astray...again, claiming my inerpretation is right and everyone else's wrong is stupid...there always has to be a latitude for flexibility in this business...

    i guess the book is more about .... well, suddenly i dont know what the book is all about....and i guess that is the essence of the book....it gets you more disillusioned than stand up to some beliefs...again in a positive way. It does away with the microscopy and puts across a canvass to the reader, which for all purposes is just an outline. An outline of solid colors nevertheless. You fill it with the colors of what you are.

    Neither is it in the spirit of "anything and everything is fine" (disagreements welcome). Its in the spirit of rising a little above those anythings and everythings.

    You see, what we hold as our virtues change over time. Two kidsfight over one calling other a DOG Two "adults" dont evn notice it, or if they do, at times, take it as a serious compliment. Perspectives! And of course fragments of "anything and everything". When you stop getting shocked at things which you found shocking sometime back, you are not being fine with "anything and everything". You are just trying to rise a shade above them.

    This is what the story of siddhartha is about.

    A confession : i might have gone horribly wrong. i read the book long long back, and the specifics are hazy. this was just on an impulse.

    By the way read "the Steppenwolf" by the same author, if you havent done already. You might get a picture of what I have said.

    Adios.

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  6. Dear Pratyush,
    It speaks highly of any book if it can generate such discussions and 'Siddhartha' is certainly one of them.
    Its like the pebble thrown in a pond makes waves which touch distant shores. Similarly a writing can touch different cords in different people as per their own experiences.
    Frankly, I wrote this blog in a certain state of mind and had certain issues which attached itself to the last sentence of it. And what I wrote after that also had something to communicate.
    I do not claim it is what the book is all about. It is what touched me deeply and what it meant to me then. And it might change also as per my own journey. But ya I am certainly aware that my journey is in progress and that is what makes these moments seem so important....for they are a part of this journey.
    As you said the work also reminds us of that which is a shade above...and that includes what is sacred and loved ...
    May be our personal understanding of the book and its expression, and more than that, the theme itself is something which is very difficult. It always seems to change, the moment we try to put it into words.
    Almost like it leaves a vague discomfort...and I still have it lingering within:)
    For I know i loved the book and i related so closely with the theme...knew it is talking of so many of my and many other people's struggles, so easily, without making it seem like a cliched story...

    Thanks for suggesting me to read the other book by the author. Will do so in near future.

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  7. pratyush, nice name.

    btw, couldn't agree more with u on the moment specific interpretation part. thats say all.

    i am not sure or rather don't know exactly about what i said on the 'everything n anything aspect'. At the same time its definitely (again according to my interpretation) it is not rising a little above as u said. However, hey as u said the books just gives the contour n its upto us to fill the colors.

    as i think, every author has some ideas when s/he writes a book n want to convey those in some way. more than the author variable/factor, it is the person who reads it n his/her so called maturity level. u understand/interpret it according to the experience/knowledge/thoughts one has while reading that book.

    actually, somehow i think, i shouldn't tell my opinions or discuss about siddartha, coz, if we do so, the very essence of the book is lost. i believe that its upto the person to get/understand whatever s/he can.

    hey, in addition, u can read his 'journey to the east', thats another good work. Somehow felt that hesse has the same style of writing or the philosophy (damien, narcissus and goldmund). can't blame him (or anybody for that matter). hmm... started with Steppenwolf but got bored midway.

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