I Read Somewhere

If you write, then you are a writer.

"Being a writer is one of those jobs where you are one, because you do it. The title makes no grand gestures and has no barriers to entry – unlike many other professions – I love that about it."

{From 'Don’t get a Job, Make a Job – how to succeed as a creative graduate'
It's Nice That, Words by Gem Barton, Thursday 18 February 2016}

I've always thought I'd some day be a writer. Did I write? No, unless innumerable project descriptions for all my friends count. But of late, I haven't been able to get this 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' dialogue (pardon the filmy) out of my head, and I've been asking myself- "Tum khud ke liye kya likhte ho?".

I read. That's literally my only talent. And don't reading and writing go hand-in-hand? Mmm, thick as thieves. So many of my conversations are peppered with the phrase "I read somewhere that..." followed by all kinds of fascinating ideas and thoughts one comes across, when one leads a literary life. I want to share these snippets that I hoard, but despite all my earnestness my own accounts of them fall short. So, I decided that until I find my own voice, I will suffice to echo those that are the voices in my head.

It'll work like this- as often as I can I'll post an excerpt of something I read that really stayed with me, and tell you what I loved about it. I hope that I can either compel you to read the rest of the article/book, or you can get your InShorts style literary updates from me!