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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tasting literature

We were talking about Kindle the other day and since then I have been thinking of what real books constitute these days. It all came together for me when my mother told me about how the famous poet/lyricist Gulzar spoke of how we have forgotten to put our fingers into our mouths, wetting them to aid turning a page. The loss of this practice has made us forget how to taste a book, he says. 

Only Gulzar could have said it. And it sounded better in Hindi.

9 comments:

Vyankatesh said...

Interesting idea.

Hardly see anyone doing it there days!!

Aneela Z said...

And to this I add kissing Vidya ( not V Balan) Paraphrasing Rushdie we learnt to kiss books (and food) ling before kissing boys and girls. So could someone tell me should we kiss a Kindle if it were to fall down?

Aneela Z said...

*long*

D said...

And the smell of yellowed pages? Brittle dog-eared pages. Borrowed books. Dated books. Sigh!

Actually, I still can't get myself to read a book online.

chandni said...

I want to know the exact line in hindi!

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Ditto Chandni!!

Choxbox said...

Echoing Chandni - exact line in Hindi please!

dipali said...

Ditto Chandu pliss!

Aneela Z said...

eh I have no idea what Gulzar said but in my book it would be "jab tak apni unglio se kitab ke shorbey ka nawala banaya nahi aur phir unhi unglio ko chaata nahi, tau kia maza. So baaligh, sharam haya aur yeh chamcha kaanta chorho, aasteen charha kar dastarkhawn par koodh parho"