Of Books, chance & curiosity

I have this weird rule, that if i read/hear/come across something that i make a mental note of or become curious about, then i'd probably check it out. If i hear the same thing a second time and it still evokes something in my mind, well that's when i think Yeah, i need to check that out; then probably procrastinate it and keep going on with 'life' as usual...Now if i hear it a third time and more often than not/especially in an entirely different context, then its finally settled. I definitely have to check it out.
Strike 1: A good article in the tech review August edition, check it out here. Its about the Bhutanese concept of GNH(Gross National Happiness) as a measure of well the country is doing as opposed to GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Strike 2: (2 weeks later) On my way home, NPR radio, Paul Rosenzweig was talking about how Bhutan tackles immigration from India by having a guest worker program. Listen to it here.
Strike 3. Global voices highlighted sepia mutiny, and this picture.

Ok..that's it then, perhaps i shall start here. then head back to sepia mutiny.

Sometimes, i come across books randomly, other titles persist in the back of your mind for months, even years...till one day you say..thats it! I am getting the book today. One of those persistent books is Charles Mackay's Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds.
A snippet from the preface
"In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. We see one nation suddenly seized, from its highest to its lowest members, with a fierce desire of military glory; another as suddenly becoming crazed upon a religious scruple; and neither of them recovering its senses until it has shed rivers of blood and sowed a harvest of groans and tears, to be reaped by its posterity."

Song: Signs (2004) Album : Signs Artist: Bushman
Q:Have you ever felt that some books choose you?


Anonymous Tyrone said...

Hey Girl, Its Tyrone in your blogshpere, gettin near, whispering sweet nothings in your ear! When i get back from Finland maybe u and me...some CURIOSITY...given the CHANCE...do stuff thats never written OF BOOKS!?

8/13/2005 1:14 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...


8/13/2005 2:04 PM  
Anonymous mshairi said...

I just checked - that book: Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds was first published in 1841! The man must have had a glimpse into the future.

The book that has chosen me is: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss for the simple reason that my punctuation has recently become atrocious!

8/15/2005 1:48 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

lol! Si that's the panda story? I might need to get that book too, i think my english deteriorated with my stay in America btw...

On Mackay, he must have! its uncanny.

8/15/2005 5:18 PM  

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