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In which I navel-gaze and read, then repeat

book reading

Books, books!

The last few days, I’ve been reading. A lot. Which means, besides writing, which I consider my only daily intellectual activity that can’t be skipped, I don’t have time for much else.

So, I haven’t been blogging much. Here’s a list of stuff I’m doing —not that I expect you to be interested, but I like to navel-gaze sometimes, and this is, Β after all, My blog πŸ™‚ —

1. I’m reading “Sun After Dark” by Pico Iyer. It is the single most spellbinding travel book I’ve read this year, and it is making me restless. I want to go places, and I don’t mean figuratively.

2. I’m reading 7 other books too, and I have to return them to the library by 31st July.

3. Just as if I wasn’t doing enough reading, I’ve begun The Girl with the Pearl Ear ringΒ in Italian.

4. I’m not cooking, happy instead to heat up stuff I cooked last week. (Don’t worry–it is all healthy and unspoilt–so far.)

5. I’m ignoring my pets, and forgot to feed my angelfish and Lalwant Singh yesterday.

6. I’m trying to draft a story and revise several, as well as finish the edits of A to Z stories of Life and Death, all without much success, because I keep going back to reading.

7. I’ve tried to go blog browsing, but for once find myself getting distracted From the internet. You guessed it. Books, again.

8. A friend asked me if I’ve been getting enough sleep. She’s right, I’m not. Yup, reading.

So, apologies all around if I haven’t visiting you guys often enough. It is so rare that I get this kind of focus (and time on my hands) to read, that I’m going all out. Every dictionary should have my pic under the word “crazy”, I know that, but folks, this is so much FUN!

See you on the other side (of my books), and in the meanwhile, Happy Blogging!

And for those who commented on my Angelfish post, here’s a slideshow of the parents with the babies. Unfortunately, none survived, but their short life kept my nose glued to the aquarium.

Angelfish Family!

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • indigo bunting says:

    Oooo, I loved watching the angelfish family!

  • Damyanti says:

    I agree, Charles. It is the best addiction.

  • bronxboy55 says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who reads several books at the same time. Right now, I’m in the middle of three and just started a fourth (The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni). If you’re going to have an addiction, reading is the best one to have.

  • PencilGirl says:

    I haven’t read a book in ever so long.. πŸ™ And I haven’t been blogging too regularly either.. That puts my creative activity level at a big, fat, lazy zero. πŸ™
    The slideshow was amazing, though.. πŸ˜€
    The fry are so tiny!! I’ve never had any fish, and so I had no clue they were that small.. Very cute pics.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m sorry they didn’t survive..

    • Damyanti says:

      We all need our creative downtimes, so no worries there.

      Yeah, the fry were such a delight to watch. I sobbed for two whole days from time to time, and kept looking for them…sigh.

  • So that’s what you’ve been doing. I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading too and gotta get two books back to the library by this weekend. I think I’m gonna have to ask for an extension on one of them. Gonna have a look-see at the angelfish family. I miss fishkeeping!

  • Nutschell says:

    Good for you! I wish I could get some reading done this summer but I am swamped with work and stuff as usual. Enjoy those books and don’t forget the fish!@

  • Don’t ignore your fish!

  • Arlee Bird says:

    If I had library books or books I had to return somewhere by a specific time I guess I would be focusing on reading as well. I’m still reading from my December holiday reading list since they are my books. I’ve injected a few extra books between then and now, but I still don’t read as much as I would like to. Happy reading!

    Tossing It Out

    • Damyanti says:

      Lee, I’m on a reading spree, which is very unlike me. I usually wait for a vacation to do this.

      Also I’ve sent you a mail…I hope it did not get lost in the cyberverse and am looking forward to your reply πŸ™‚

  • Aww, too bad none of the babies survived. That was a cute slideshow. Also, I think you might be making up for my lack of reading from the sound of it. Haven’t had motivation to crack open a book this past week.

    • Damyanti says:

      I’m going crazy reading, yes. Well the angelfish pair seem to be getting ready to lay eggs again. Maybe this time things would go better.