No, the three aren’t connected in any way, other than the K in the beginning of each word. No, the Kindle hasn’t gone kaboom or kaput. But since the kaboom and kaput happened in my vicinity recently and I do own a Kindle, here they are all strung together, and adorning my blog title.
First let me tell you something about the Kaboom. It descended quite unexpectedly as kabooms do (or else would they be kabooms at all? Profound, what?). Rain is something I have been looking forward to since January. If you remember I had cried on your collective blogger-shoulders about January woes. So when the rain finally fell I was out there with Luci to welcome it. But summer rains inevitably come accompanied by the Rumbler and the Flasher. I wasn’t too concerned as they were rumbling and flashing in a desultory fashion somewhere in the distance, not in tandem at all, instead going freestyle. Flash. Pause. Rumble. Pause Pause. Rumble. Flash Flash. Suddenly out of the blue they changed their asymmetrical steps to come together in a big way and in one single movement caused a Kaboom to happen.
This is where Kaput entered the picture. When kabooms happen can kaputs be far behind? Naturally not. So deferring to the as yet unwritten new urban saying aka #shailsim, kaput went the modem, making the sun set on the World Wide Web as far as I was concerned, leaving just a feeble ray visible via the phone. That’s why I have been missing in action. But rejoice not at my absence dear readers. I am back in action with a brand new modem beside me on the table, its tiny jewel green lights blinking as pretty as could be. Ahh.. the little pleasure of life.
This post was supposed to be all about (and only about) Kindle, but got hijacked by Kaboom and Kaput. So now the rest of the post will be devoted to Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle. Reading has gone up in leaps and bounds since the Kindle has arrived (a gift from the First Born) on the scene. I can read the biggest tome with ease, even carry a whole library with me wherever I go. It is indeed one of THE best things that has happened to me. Period. You will find a lot many people dissing Kindle, and going lyrical over paper books, claiming they are superior. Of course each to his/her own. But do you have to pull down a thing to show how much you love something else? We see a lot of that all around us in many forms. If you love something very much it is not enough to state that and be done with it. You have to pull the ‘other’, whatever it maybe, down, to feel better about your own choices and give it legitimacy. How pathetic is that?!
The battle between paper books and e-books raises another question for me. What is valued more, is it the paper on which content is printed, or the content itself? It is content that gives paper any value at all. Without it, paper is NOTHING, except something to wipe your nether regions with perhaps. Content is never made up because there is lot of paper lying around. It is never, ‘hey let’s write a story, we have lots of paper lying around’. It is more like, ‘We have something to say, what medium can we use?’ In earlier times what needed to be said was transmitted orally. Stones, leaves, cloth have all played their part. Then paper made its entrance. Do you think it is going to stop there? Not a chance. The next form has made its appearance whether anyone likes it or not. I have my answer regarding this: I value content more and I am thrilled to have it on Kindle.
By the way the unthinkable happened today. The Kindle fell off my hands and was all poised for a Kersplat. That’s another K for you. But my luck held and I didnot have to use that word in today’s post. Phew.
First thing I did is search what Kersplat is . I Hope the kindle is fine 😦
These two sentences – ‘hey let’s write a story, we have lots of paper lying around’. It is more like, ‘We have something to say, what medium can we use?’ to make sense 🙂
Have a good time with ur kindle and may ur modem be good with U !
Yes, it is. For a moment my heart was in my mouth 🙂
Thank you, thank you! I hope BSNL does not fail to deliver too 😀
I’m glad the Kaput was not the end. But I don’t like Kindles and I will NOT ever say that they’re better than books. More useful or practical, perhaps, but I LOVE books – the feel, the look of the print, the smell – everything about them.
I love books too, but wait, I don’t just mean paper books, but books in all forms. 🙂
Is that an awesome post or what? 🙂
BTW….my kindle has been lying idle for over an year now 😦 really need to update myself to technology….
Go right ahead and do it. Enjoy! 🙂
The Vanilla Housewife said:
I love books but ebooks are less expensive thus much appreciated by me! 🙂
Yes, less expensive and that is just so fine with me 🙂
McGuffy Ann said:
I am glad that all worked out after the kaboom & kaput. I have Kindle and Kobo. I read them and I read physical books. There are pros and cons to both, and neither is bad. It is wrong to tear down things that others like, just to validate what you like. Like you said, “To each their own.” I don’t like anything that hurts someone else.
True. Poking fun at new things because you prefer the old, or the other way around is way too much time wasted. You enjoy whatever you do, for reasons you do. 🙂
McGuffy Ann said:
That is why we have options, right? Have a good weekend!
Yes! Thank you. Hope you had a lovely weekend too.
Sandhya Kumar said:
I am smiling…I think I should heed to my son’s advice to go in for kindle after your strong recommendation now! My reading habit which had gone kaput, might come back!
It just might, Sandhya. Give it a try 🙂
Sandhya Kumar said:
By the way, love the photo! Beautiful!
Thank you, for noticing! 🙂
Prathima Rao said:
Enjoyed reading this one, Shail. That’s quite an adventure. With all those K’s going on, looks like you are headed the Ekta Kapoor way 🙂 Am one of those who wax eloquent about books on paper. Electronic media just doesn’t quite cut it for me, esp with books. 🙂
Lol, quite the K-saga like Ekta Kapoor soaps! 🙂 Here’s to your choice in books! 🙂
Vasudha Rao said:
Nice post – as always !
Thanks, Vasudha 🙂
Sfurti Juztamom said:
Shail I really gave e-books a chance, really. Didn’t enjoy it. I just love the experience of buying a new book, keenly searching for it, reading the back cover, sniffing around and finding the one (two, three etc) for the day 🙂
I am not sure where you read these ebooks. Reading on your laptop or your smartphone is not the same. 🙂 Anyway if you love paper books, then that is that 🙂
Sulekha (@sulekkha) said:
Killer post, Shail 🙂 Kindle has found a staunch supporter in you, good for it. Content is king but the way it is presented matters to many and hence this debate of paper v/s kindle 🙂 Loved your views and my favorite bit was about paper being used for wiping the …..
I agree. But apart from the fact that paper has that additional use, I don’t see the reason why paper-book lovers should feel one cut above those who have a different choice. 😉
Ok, this post has finaly convinced me and I think I am going to cross over to the other side. I am off to buy a Kindle ! What convinced me is that when you have a kindle, you are actually carrying your library where ever you go !
You will never regret it. 🙂
Ditto for everything !! Love Kindle !!
Wow, someone like me! 🙂 Welcome to Shail’s Nest, Kairos.
Ha ha enjoyed the play of words. Artistic 🙂
Thanks, Dilip 🙂
simple girl said:
I was tempted to buy kindle.. I am all the more tempted now.. Great post as usual..
Tell me how you like it when you do 🙂
The Kindle has been a nice addition. But the serious books – I still read the regular ones!
Yeah, paper gives the matter a lot of seriousness 😛 Just kidding. Just try lugging, ‘The History of Western Philosophy’ around. Why to lug around, just try holding the paper version it in your hands while sitting comfortably. It is a pretty serious book 😀
I don’t own a kindle but I do read e-books on my tab. I think it is very convenient especially when you are traveling and also when you wish to carry a compilation with you. But these gadgets I tell you, you drop them and they are gone. Happy that yours was safe.
Oh I am really thankful that it is safe. I really, really love my Kindle!
The kindle and like are definitely very useful! It’s just that I love the touch of paper and the smell of the book! If KIndle could have a feature of the sensation of turning pages, I would be on board! Right now, I just buy used books! 😀
Haha. May be they will make Kindle that smells like a paper book and has page turning feel to it in the future 😛 😀
I’m glad you save your Kindle. I love mine too! 🙂
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