Not My Cup Of Tea

I’ve never written about the progress of a book I’m reading here on my blog before. I usually write a review after I complete it, choosing the books I really loved alone. But the book I’m currently reading urged me to create an excuse to my resolution. I wonder if I’m the only one with this reaction to Game of Thrones.

After turning left and right to see girls swooning over Jon Snow and both boys and girls fervently watching the television series (I’ve also heard how people deactivate their Facebook accounts when a new season starts, preventing spoilers from crossing their eyes), I decided to pick this one up to see what the fuss is about. I’ve only completed, like, 30% of the book but the first few chapters themselves didn’t give me a good impression. I got introduced to more characters than I could keep track of and more places than, what I believe, a normal human mind could accustom to remember. True, I do like characters like Arya, Daenerys, Tyrion and Jon Snow but it doesn’t seem enough to actually love this book. I had to go through the Game of Thrones Wikipedia page to sift through the summary of what I have read so far last night, to keep me updated to read on. I definitely will finish this book, since I don’t like having an unfinished book on my shelf, but whether I’ll be bothered to pick up the second part is a mystery. I really can’t handle some of the violence and the abominable nuptials between brothers and sisters, and it’s only the start. I ranted about this to my trusted best friends about this who’ve read all parts of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and who assured me the beginning is exactly how I reacted but that impression will vanish after the first half of the book. I don’t know, I’m not exactly keeping my fingers crossed.

As some people already know, one of the loves of my life is the script of the Mahabharata, a story which, like Game of Thrones, has a multitude of characters and so many stories amalgamating together. The Mahabharata is a game of thrones too, with the Pandavas and Kauravas disputing over the throne of Hastinapura as well as Indraprastha, but the one big difference I find between the two is that in the Mahabharata, each character has an introduction and an explanation of where they come from to allow the reader to familiarise themselves with them.

One particular trait of mine is that I’m sometimes not a fan of the same worldwide phenomenon like everyone else.

It’s not the case with everything, because I do heart sensational stuff I really love, but when I take to engaging with certain hyped phenomena to check them out myself, I find my eyes highlighting flaws in them that have me wonder just what is it about this piece of work that has everyone going mad for it? It could be anything, like books, or movies, or even celebrities. Anything.

This has been the case with some songs too. When I find the lyrics to be abominable or the slang in it to be annoying, nearly everyone else absent-mindedly sing along to it.

Some popular and much loved movies have inspired the same reaction too. When I mention the name, I’ll have the person in front of me gush about how much they watched it over and over again, while I hate it for its lack of any logic. Certain much loved movies I loathe make me wonder if stupidity of the main characters is the only way to create a successful movie.

To each his own, I guess.

Do you guys, on a general level, find that there is sometimes nothing much to brag about famous stuff too?

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Have a beautiful and blessed day ahead.

Jai Shree Krishna ❤


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Game of thrones as a series is good, but the books are even better. The song of fire and ice as a series does take some time and time getting used to. Trust me, i had the same issue. I couldn’t remember the link between so many characters in the beginning too. As for being compared to Mahabharata, come on. Mahabharata is an epic and GOT is a novel. There is no comparison. Incest relationships and murders were a part of both the books. Give and take i think by the time you finish the first book you may even consider the second one because once u get hold the basic storyline, you would love to read the next. Enjoy your reading.

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    1. Yeah, it’s very hard to remember who is who and how they relate to each person. Let’s see how I feel by the end of the book 😀 As for the comparison with Mahabharata, I was highlighting how very easy it was to keep track of characters and go with the epic’s story easily, in contrary to the story in Game of Thrones. The novel can never fall in the same line with the epic, no novel ever can.

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      1. True… epics can preach and novels need to have a little twist here and there to make it interesting.. so yup no novel can be as straightforward as epics.

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        1. The main glory of our epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata – is that they are driven by the Lord Himself, by Him coming to the world in a human form to aid Dharma to vanquish Adharma. Every character is a form of a Deva from the heavens. So it’s all the Lord in different forms, which Krishna declares true when he sings the Bhagvat Geeta to Arjuna. Plus, all the characters are devoted to one person or the other in ways unimaginable and which we can never hope to follow in today’s world 🙂 The level of purity and dedication still shakes me when I read the epics 🙂

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          1. Yup… thats why they r considered myths in today’s times… no one has such dedication and more importantly such faith… in themselves and in others…

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