Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Love in the time of Chickenpox

In fact it was a rediscovering of a love - my love affair with solitude. Ramuvettan told me right when the blisters on my back were confirmed to be those of Chickenpox - "It will be a time to recollect yourself." After a painful stretch of three days when my eyes were also ordered to rest, things suddenly changed. Rest of the fortnight was bliss. This is the summary -

  • ഖസാകിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസം (The epic of Khasakh) - O. V. Vijayan
  • The Unbearable Lightness of being - Milan Kundera (It was abandoned midway a few months back)
  • ബോബനും മോളിയും - ലക്കം 15 (Boban and Molly, Volume 15) - Toms
  • മിണ്ടാപ്പെണ്ണു (Mindapennu) - Uroob.
  • 19, കനാല് റോഡ് (19, Canal Road) - Sreebala K. Menon
  • Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins (One-third way through)
  • Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis - G. F. Simmons (Part I)
Other things that made the pox-time special was that it was the first time my wife got a chance to play the role of the master and caretaker.

Even at the cost of a few days of leave without pay and a few permanent pits in the skin, a chickenpox vacation is worth availing.