Saturday, October 26, 2013

The brains behind the ultimate girl sleuth in history!

I don't remember a whole lot about my childhood. What I mean to say is that I remember bits and pieces. Some memories are as vivid as yesterday, some just a foggy, rusty realization. The few vivid ones that I remember were, me among books. While I don't recall what was the first book I ever read. I remember being this enthralled kid reading the Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene. I don't remember how I stumbled across my first Nancy Drew book. I was am a huge fan of Enid Blyton. I guess I transitioned from the likes of The Famous Five to Nancy Drew.


Our school library was an interesting one. It had a whole lot of wonderful reads and for some reason I remember it as a dark room?! One day my wonderful mother got me a Library card. My very first one! The library was small but the wonders it held! The library being next to her work place, she would drop me there in the mornings on holidays and I would spend a good amount of time among the books.
I devoured all the Nancy Drew books I could get hold of. I was hooked. I loved Nancy Drew and her independent nature, her instincts which resulted in her solving mysteries. Nancy Drew was perfection in my eyes. Everything about her screamed: GIRL POWER!
Nancy Drew was my Harry Potter.. if that makes any sense. Ofcourse back then internet was not really a common thing. I'm a 90s child. I couldn't just look up on the internet for Carolyn Keene, the mastermind behind The Nancy Drew mysteries. I had no idea how she looked like. I had to rely on my imagination.


I imagined a big haired, blonde, middle aged woman with makeup on, wearing a flashy double breasted blazer sitting in front of her typewriter somewhere far & exotic, typing away pure gold.. which kids like me would later read in awe. Get our ears bitten off by our parents for bringing the book to the dining table and barely touching the food. Get caught reading them under the pretext of studying. Aaah childhood!
Recently, I was browsing through Goodreads when it struck me, I should look up for Carolyn Keene. Why hadn't I thought about it till now?! What I found out was not something I had dreamed of ever in my life. Carolyn Keene is a pen name: used by a team of ghostwriters appointed by the company(creator) of Nancy Drew series. The company was called Stratemeyer Syndicate. There were so many authors who were behind this one entity Nancy Drew. One of the prominent writers being Mildred Benson who is known to have 'who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy's character' wrote 23 of the original 30 novels.
I don't know whether to feel happy or absolutely disappointed. Its a bittersweet feeling! So today, as an adult I would like to thank all those unsung authors. My childhood was so much more wondrous because of you all!
Thankyou.




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Woes

  
  •  I like the way bookends look. Some of them are really pretty to look at while some are just clever! However, I don't like its so called purpose. I think its just a huge waste of space. I could stack another coupla mindblowingly phenomenal books in its place!

  • Today morning TheBestie sends me a link about 32 books which would tickle your funny bone. Out of which I had just read one and a half maybe. That got me thinking about a very obvious situation. It was somehow a terrifying and saddening thing. For a short few minutes I felt desperation creeping up on me. The thought being, I will NEVER be able to finish reading all the books in this world. There are a gazillion books! More books getting published and released by the day. I haven't read so many of them and I am pretty sure I have not even managed to scratch the surface. Its disheartening but that doesn't mean a girl can't try ;) 

  • I have finally made peace with the fact that 'romance' genre is not my cup of tea. I do enjoy an occasional romance/chick lit but there would be a lot of eye rolling. :| Yea, go ahead. Call me a cynic. I can only take so much of the mush!

  • I am almost in the verge of desperation for an emotionally draining, psychologically terrifying book and be traumatized by it for the coming days. Where art thou, 4th book of Gillian Flynn
 




Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Replay Mode 3

I came across this gem of a voice while aimlessly exploring Youtube. Ellie Goulding has this unique voice which pierces through your soul and nestles in some comfy nook. The first song 'Tessellate' was on constant replay loop until I heard another track of hers. So now 2 tracks are quite often heard at my place. Most of the time, softly in the background. Somehow her voice kinda blends well; if that makes any sense!


In the second song 'My blood', her voice reminds me of Florence + The Machine. It reminds me of the Drumming Song. Nevertheless I'm in love with the voice.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

History

...is being made!



.. and then this happened. The walk across abbey road.


#fangirling.