Monday, December 24, 2012

#14: the book and the reader

one fine day they were together
in a cold room, that it feels wider
searching for comfort in each other
the warmth for the seeker

but do they belong?
one can not wait for long
and from the turn of every pages
did they catch the messages?

for some time, they feel alone
close but rather torn
and think this can not go on
where does the intention lie upon?


it's not really a poem. i'm just playing with words :))
when i made it, i was thinking about me and a novel, Anna Karenina. took months for me to finish it. i remembered it was a cold day when i looked for a secondhand shop in tilburg. i didn't expect to get anything but i was so lucky that they sold this book for only 1,25 euros. the whole chapter of Anna Karenina! i bought the book immediately! long time ago, i was considering to buy this book in indonesia but they sold it in two parts and pretty expensive. so, i didn't buy it back then. but now i found that Apple sell it for free in iBooks store. cih. *dasarpelit* :))

since the day i bought that book, it was always on my bed. in tilburg, eindhoven, till jakarta. this book is really packed with characters, events and details. well, of course, it is a 804 pages book. the details on these many characters sometimes made me lost focus on who exactly the center of this book. plus, i was not reading it continuously that made it a bit hard to catch up again with those many characters and events. after i read the introduction (i read after i finished because most of the time it always contains spoilers), this book actually has two main characters. i felt i was tricked by the title!

anyway, from this book i learned about the russian aristocrat and its society life, how they really hold on to their pride and self-image. i never know that people can be that complicated and strong influenced by the society. compare to nowadays, some people don't really care about what society thinks. another chance to be thankful that i live in 21th century! an interesting part, now i know the typical russian (or eastern slavic) naming customs.

by the time i finished, the book looked like this.

i'm sorry, book! >.<

back to the poem, sometimes i feel that poets are just bunch of drama queens and kings. some of them are just exaggerating everything. especially on people who interpret the poem. you think you know what it means while probably there's no special meaning behind it. just like me, the poem is just playing with words. i remembered one joke about a line in a poem. "the curtain is blue", what do you think it means? probably the poet was sad, depressed, or else. when there is possibility that the poet just wrote that to make it rhymes with the next line or he didn't know what else to write and just wrote what had been there all along in his room. you never really know, right?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

(heart) books

so, recently i have more time to browse about anything during work hours *uhuk*. somehow, i found a link to bookshelfporn dot com :)) at first, i thought it would be blocked because of the name but apparently not. i kept scrolling the website for some time and although most of them was just a picture of books and shelves, i really liked it. looking for some inspiration for my own future library or bookshop. well, i don't know if hard copy books will still be found by the time i have my own library/bookshop.

and i also found this:


Rory!!! oh how i miss her. and Lorelai. and other people in Gilmore Girls! as you probably know, she was such a bookworm in the series. i think she is never far enough from books. people even made a Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge :)) for me, she is one of (fictional) people that inspired me to read more books! i suddenly remember Dean's story about her. one day at school, Rory sat reading her book, so deeply that she didn't even notice a fight that happened in front of her. that was the time Dean started notice and attracted to her. awww. until now, i still thankful that i finished the Gilmore Girls series when I was in Tilburg. Thank you fast internet connection!

then i stumbled upon the underground new york public library. it was really interesting to see those pictures. i really liked the idea and the web design. besides the various fashion style, i was happy to see there were still many people read hard copy books while sitting, standing, even walking! i was also surprised when i saw many elders still read thick books. it is motivating me to read more and mooree! considering the height of unread books stack i have, now i'm trying to read a book whenever i can. currently i read two books, one i always carry it with me and one on my bed, to read before i sleep. should finish them before new year!

it is a rare scene to see people read books in public transportation in Indonesia. well, now, mostly they play with their phones or tablet. even if they have a book in their bag, i doubt it will be comfortable to read it because of the crowd. especially on weekdays, when most of the transportations are packed with people, leaving no space to open a book. but i think we still can read it if we are sitting.

few times, i saw people read a book on the bus. one in transjakarta, a young woman standing and reading her book. the bus was not too crowded but not too empty either. i found it really strange to see her like that. haha. once another young woman who sat beside me, reading Qur'an on the bus. at first, i didn't really pay any attention until i looked at how she opened the pages. I think she opened it from right to left, but read it from right to left. I guess. hmmm. maybe she was memorizing. or maybe i was wrong.

the ultimate scene was on a fine morning on my way to work when i saw, again, a young woman, took out a book from her purse. a glimpse on the title: "dzikir dan doa untuk suami idaman". now THAT's something, isn't it? :))