Wish you all a very happy Christmas.
If the book demands concentration, I like to read it in breaks and such books take months to be completed. But if a book is a breezy read, I still take some time to read it because I want that feel-goo-feel to linger on for as long as it can. And thus, I delay finishing the book.
There was one book that I read on the recommendation of my dear friend, Shlagha. Its called ‘Go Ask Alice’. It is a diary entry of a young girl (drug addict) in the US. I finished reading it in flat 2 hrs (it is a very short book) and I badly wept. This one, on the contrary, is a very light hearted book.
A short book of about 145 pages, out of which some are blank, is very easy to read and even easier to comprehend.
Why the title ’34 Bubblegums and Candies’? To this, the author answers ‘because there are incidents that make you ponder and make you want to think and maybe re-think. Like chewing a bubble gum. Then there are others, spiked with doses of humor that make you laugh and leave you a feel-good sensation. Just like eating a candy’. True to its title, the book has 34 very short incidents drawn from the author’s life. Many of which are candies and very few are bubblegums.
The one below is a bubblegum in my opinion.
What many may like about the book is its emphasis on many small, little things in life. The author has mentioned several little incidents that happen everyday and that many of us forget to take notice of. But being someone who enjoys such moments to the fullest myself, I could not relate to this part more. I think most of such incidents happen in everyone’s life and this makes the book more of a daily diary kind of thing.
Also at many places I felt the author is too kind on her family and friends. All she has to talk about her family and friends are good words. I am glad to know that she has a very loving and happy family but I fail to accept that she does not have any sad moments in life except her dad’s demise. If such moments were bubble gums they would have lasted a little longer in my head.
But I would still say that it is a nice read. It reminds you of many things that one leaves behind in life. For example, in the chapter ‘Sly Stallone…’ when the two friends make fun of the guy who came to help them, it reminded me of a hearty laugh that I had with my roommate at a doctor’s clinic. Also the chapter ‘phone therapy’ reminded me of my friends who I used to call atleast 10 times a day!
All in all, the book is a candy. You read it and you forget about it. Or maybe I find it so easy because I am kind of like the author herself, living in the details and the little things, collecting too many candies and storing a few bubble gums.