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Day 14: State of Fear

Alright, as soon I hitched onto reading books, I have neglected blogging and yoga practice. Both of which made me look forward for a lovely day with action plan. Diverting from discipline entailed eating food outside every day.  Essentially, everything cracked through the holes. This is my 4th book that I read in last month, which is phenomenal. Yes, the title is the book authored by Michael Crichton, a techno-thriller novel which speaks heavily about Global warming, climate change and how environmentalists, lawyers, industrialists, philanthropists, scientists and academicians are involved in this environmental aspect that we hear about from various means. I have not finished reading it yet, but I highly recommend reading this. I have read different kinds of fictions in the past; it has been the best so far for my taste. The characters in the book challenge about our idea of global warming, rising sea-levels, weather trends gathered over 100 years and all of them quoted with proper science journals and research papers. As much as it sounds like a fiction, there is some sense of reality in it if you dig further based on the references provided in the book?

This is not a review of the book by any means. As I progress in reading, I have heard of global warming, rising sea levels, environmental impact with high carbon emissions, destruction of natural eco-system, rising temperatures, or moving towards ice age or melting of Antarctic glaciers seems all questionable. The knowledge I have on them is very limited, I have used the terms here and there without really knowing about them. There are many of us who just take the stance and speak of it without really knowing anything about it; our opinions are media generated. For instance, everyone thinks that the humans being killed have gone up in the recent past, but in reality, in the history, this is the time that it is at the lowest.  We would know what happens around the world with in seconds of incident taking place. Information overload and this cause a state of fear. Sure, there is certainly no doubt that average life expectancy of human beings has gone up at by considerable rate, but we perpetually are afraid of something or the other all the time. We are afraid and depressed most of the times learning about all the dreadful things. My father watches news almost all day when he is at home. The news are repeated over and again, mostly speaking about threats that impact us in a negative way. People are afraid of the things which may not happen, pessimism builds in. This has indirect health impact on us. We are constantly sucked into the fear factor generated by media.  Is this good? Gone or those days, where I just had to watch 30 minutes of news to get summary of news, and you know now how it is?

Are we ever going to break free from that state of mind? I am not very sure how easy it is when everything around you is pointing in one direction and it is certainly does not get any easier to find your own path.  Do you believe in whatever media propagates? Or do you dig further up on it to gain knowledge about it before sticking to whatever gets into your head? How do you handle such information?

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Books – this year

On an average, I read something or the other all the time. Be it a blog, online newsletter or random articles as my regular routine. Once in a while, I enjoy reading books, preferably fictional. Every time I read a book, my style of writing, vocabulary usage swings in that direction. I tend to frame my sentences better and I like my posts better. It has been such a long gap that I finally had a chance to lay my hands upon a simpler fictional book that I could finish it fairly quickly. I have been lately exposed to chinese or japanese -american authors and their stories as an immigrants to america. Their life, their belief, their struggles, perception, slightly deeper insights into their life style is something that sounds interesting to me at the moment. I read Shangai Girls by Lisa see (based out on chinese immigrants) or Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden (the life of a geisha in Japan) and this year I ended up reading “The Women Warrior” by “Maxine Hong Kingston”.

One resolution I took as part of this year is to read at least a book every month. I have many unfinished books from past few years and I cannot get my mind to go back to start all over again. It takes me few days to few weeks to few months to read a book depending on number of pages, type, time availability and so on. Yes, I can list numerous reasons to avoid. But, when I set this goal out this year and finished reading this book, I felt accomplished. I read this book as a de-stresser which surprised me even further. The workload this year has been seeping into my weekends, week nights as well. This book came at my rescue to divert my mind from routine things.

Reading books, takes me to a world that is new to me and although it is a fiction, there is always something to learn, observe and contemplate upon. Some of them are heavy reads, some light, some thought provocative and some books tends to give introductions to new subject lines. Overall, a goal that is totally attainable, reasonable to take it up.

How about you? I know, many of you are avid readers out there, how would you choose your next book to read? what interests you more? any recommendations for fictions that are cross cultural?