Currently Reading…

15 Nov

Wow! I think this is happened for the first time, over here.
Nonetheless, I’m truly enjoying reading again. It’s been a very long while, but it had to happen I suppose. I was quite an avid reader through most of childhood; such habits should never die.

Either way, I suppose the reinstatement of my interest in books is quite temporary… until my exams end! There’s something about examinations that fuels the old passion again. Once the exams have passed, it is marked by a return to benightedness.

So what am I reading anyway?

Well, two books actually. (If the first doesn’t interest you, scroll down to the second. That everyone must read about!)

One that I read in the library (which I take breaks from now and then, to study) is a collection of plays by Agatha Christie. I know, I know. Very 17-year-old. But, well, I did not read them while I was seventeen, and I don’t want to lose out for that reason!
I completed “An Appointment With Death” yesterday, and was appalled to discover that they have actually changed the conclusion in the play. As in, they literally changed the murderer! Why would anyone do that? Just so that it would be easier to dramatise? Rather disturbing. Next up is “The Hollow”. I’m afraid to move on to the play-version of “And Then There Were None”, should they have spoiled that somehow as well.

At home, au contraire, I’m reading something far removed from AgathaC. I wish I could carry this to the library, but that would mean carrying my laptop with, as it’s in PDF format.
Yes yes, I know! Piracy! Shame on me 😦 But I don’t think this author is too bothered about making money off his book. He’s more concerned about spreading the message, because the cover explicitly says “Please Support the site from where you got this book”. Now whatever is that supposed to imply!)

Anyhow, the book was recommended to me by Jack, who I was having a quick chat with the other evening. Noting my atheistic inclinations, he thought this book would concur with my thoughts. It was awfully sweet of him to recommend this book, because his own opinion on the matter tends to differ.
Oh yes, the goddamn book is called “The God Delusion” and it’s by Richard Dawkins. Until a few weeks ago, though I felt that religion was definitely not for me, I comfortable with other people instilling full faith in old dusty books and dressed-up dolls, as long as they kept it confined to their homes. But after all the Hinduism-inspired violence that’s ensuing in the country at present, I’ve slightly modified that to “Religion can be done away with, altogether. Thus, I hope that all the fundamentalists who’re spreading terror somehow end up killing their own believers and leaving this country a little less insane than it already is.” I know it’s wrong to wish mass-killings, but if mass-killings are happening anyway, I’d rather it targeted those that are causing or supporting it.

Yes, I’m becoming a bit intolerant myself. Intolerant of religion. Not Hinduism, Islam, Christianity etc. but of religion. I think I despise them all equally. Though maybe not Buddhism so much… those are peace-loving fellows as far as I know (but something tells me one of you are going to disillusion me on that!)
Anything that inspires a person to slaughter lots of other people cannot be good for anyone. So yes, Religion is not very different from the-T-word. So I might just become, besides a gay-rights activist, a messenger of Peace, aka Atheism. And if people want something to unite them, bring them together… they can use Nationalism instead. Hell, use regionalism if you absolutely must be evil, or linguism, but not religion!

Oh yes, on the book. The preface made promises of convincing me that my earlier beliefs on religion (that I was questioning) were actually untrue. Unfortunately, I was already convinced that most of them were. Nonetheless, I shall enjoy reading his reasonings and being able to use it when I spread the word.
I also was beginning to fancy myself as an agnostic, just so that I could believe that there is something unknown and interesting out there, but it seems he’s taken up the challenge of convincing me I’m an atheist. I shall see where that leads me!

Anyway, I shall continue with the book at the moment, and will share my opinion on the same at a later date. If you guys are questioning too, or are already convinced, I think you should check the book out as well. If you wish, drop me a message in my inbox and I’ll email you a copy.
Oh, but the cover says you must support the site where you got the book from, so you’ll have to support me (hehe!) I’m thinking Hugo Boss 😉

7 Responses to “Currently Reading…”

  1. Vlad November 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    You are reading plays by A.C.? Why? I mean, plays are more to be seen in the theatre, no?

    If you are in the mood for more detective stories, try P.D.James – she’s really good!!!

  2. Jackdaw November 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    That last paragraph is interesting: so, what do I get?

  3. unsungpsalm November 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    *Jack
    Oh, haha! I totally forgot that angle!

    What do you desire ?

    *Vlad
    Well, that’s all I could get my hands on! I enjoy watching and reading plays. Reading them is a different experience altogether… I can imagine how, if I was directing it, I would conduct the entire affair.
    But yes, I’m going to be reading a regular Miss Marple story next 🙂
    Will check out your recommendation for sure, thanks.

  4. Jackdaw November 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    A nice online discussion on the content of the book would be nice. And the promise to meet up whenever we are geographically within fifty miles from one another.

  5. unsungpsalm November 16, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    Ahh yes! Very reasonable demands 🙂

    Both would be a pleasure for me.

  6. Rambunctious WhipperSnapper November 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Damn You!! Stop stealing my “posts-in-drafts”. And that “I hate all religons equally is so my line:. Hmph.

    Anyways, I find that at least my our generation is more allergic to religion than any before us. Show me a religious person and I’ll show you someone with a mental disorder.

    And I also think that you don’t need religion to believe in God. It doesn’t have to be in a batshit-crazy-kill-everyone-else kind of way. There are non-religious ways about it too. Because even atheism is a sort of religion.

  7. unsungpsalm November 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Oh, haha! So now you know that I have all your passwords 😛

    “Because atheism is a sort of religion”

    Beautiful! Would definitely like to quote that often.

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