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A night at a bar and Murakami

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Last night, I stood at a crowded bar sipping on a drink of old monk mixed with hot water and staring into a void. To others, it seemed like I was just lost and looking a bit dazed, but in my head I was travelling into the world of Murakami, into his books and the jazz bars of Japan. In one instant everything began to fade, all I saw was the random design of the wall paper, the people the noise; nothing mattered. I was miles away in a fictional world, created by this author in many of his books. It is a common trope in the stories of Murakami, that the protagonists are sitting at a bar alone and sipping on their poison of choice, the ambience is always dull and dim and it is the background music is some jazz or ambient music. In that moment at the bar, I was a protagonist in any of his stories, I looked at lamp that seemed to be the window into this other world.

This is one of the reasons why I love reading and books, because they permeate into your consciousness and alter your reality, when you least expect it. They enrich your reality and give you an alternate world to live and inhabit; the door to that world, lies in the book and the recesses of our mind.

I’m a big fan of Murakami and his writings because of the mood he creates, the setting that seeks you in and guides you into the world of the character and then takes you on a ride in your own mind, he breaks boundaries, introduces the concept of parallel universes and alternate realities. If I were to believe that, then for a little time on a random Friday evening at a bar in Mumbai, I was also at a bar in Japan listening to some music and staring at a random wallpaper.

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Of new ideas and great quotes

This blog is basically about my inspirations and words that move me. Reading is a passion, but I have stayed away from chronicling my views on books or any other ideas, but it is the beginning of a new year and thus the start of something new. Here I hope to review books, sometimes just post music clips, quote my favourite authors and basically just do what I feeling doing, share what I love. I don’t believe in rating anything, so there will be no rating on this blog, just my views on the reading material. I’m going to start with just some quotes by authors I discovered in the last year.

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“If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.”
― Italo CalvinoIf on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghost, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”
― Neil GaimanAmerican Gods

“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.”
― Vladimir NabokovLolita

“It would evidently take more than a political regime, more than dire poverty to stop a woman from wanting to be well-dressed: it was a desire as old as the world, as old as the desire for children.”
― Sijie DaiBalzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
― Albert CamusThe Stranger

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

These are quotes from some of the books that I read last year, these nuggets had my mind whirling.