Thursday, September 28, 2006

my biggest fan?

As you all know, on your birthday lots of people call you to wish you well. Yesterday a friend from India called and we chatted for a bit. He's not a big reader so he doesn't really bother to read my blog much, but apparently he tells his friends about it. Anyway, yesterday he informed me that my biggest fan (I have a biggest fan, who knew!) works with his girlfriend in Bangalore.

This all seems pretty suspicious to me since this mystery fan has never actually commented on any of my posts AND my statcounter doesn't list anyone from India, let alone someone from Karnataka.
(ok, I know the statcounter isn't infallible, but still)

Honestly, I think my friend is pulling my leg.

There's only one person who can prove me wrong...

So, mystery fan, if you're out there, comment on this post. While you're here, you might as well give me a list of your five favorite books. To prove that you are who you say you are, you'll need to tell me the names of your officemate and her boyfriend. ;)

10 comments:

  1. Well, I'd tell you I'm jealous, but I've got a mystery person of my own showing up on my hit counter, and no clue who he/she is.

    Mystery fans are the best, I think. Loyal and engaged in what we do -- and hopefully quietly spreading the word to everyone within shouting distance.

    Needless to say, I'm curious how this'll turn out...

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  2. The mystery fan replies
    The mystery fan is mystery no more, the name is Varadarajan.

    I am a colleague/friend of Shobha, who got to know about your blog from Vivek.

    Let me admit, at the outset, that I do not feel very happy when someone insists that I should send a list of my five favorite books. There are books that disorient you in a manner that others fail to. Such a book might be decisive in the way you read others. But apart from carrying out this, it might not count as one your favorite books. I am alluding to works such Being and Time by Martin Heidegger, On the Genealogy of Morals by F Nietszche, and Treatise on Human Nature by David Hume. These books, at least in my opinion, are landmarks in the history of thought. However, these may not be works that I would want to go back to again for reasons such as difficulty, etc. Moreover, it takes something away from what I think is an intensely personal activity.
    Listed below are five books (among others and not necessarily in the order of greatness) that I think articulate visions of beauty that are not commonplace.
    1. Symposium (Plato)
    2. Death in Venice (Thomas Mann)
    3. Critique of Judgment (Kant)
    4. Imitation of Christ (Thomas A Kempis)
    5. Confessions (St Augustine)

    Currently, I am reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote.

    I am a regular visitor to your reading list and I am always happy to find titles that impressed both of us. My interests are in the areas of critical histories of modernities, history of the book, and European and Latin-American literatures. I am also interested in library cataloguing systems, archival studies, and the history of encyclopedias.

    I look forward to hear more about your interests and also exchange information about our common interests - books and archiving.

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  3. Love this post and I agree with Susan, mystery fans are the best! I have a couple and both have been with me almost from the time I started my blog - I have no clue who they are ( I do know where they come from,ofcourse) but I'm beginning to think I enjoy having their identities remain a mystery! ;)

    You'll have to tell us if you ever identify your mystery fan!

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  4. Oh, mystery fan, I hope I haven't upset you too much. :(
    I just thought it would be interesting to hear from you about the books you like since we are supposed to have very similar taste in books.

    Actually, in all honesty, I didn't think you'd respond because I was convinced that Vivek made the whole thing up to tease me (especially since he thinks I spend way too much time reading and not enough time having a life).

    Please forgive me for putting you on the spot. I promise I won't do it ever again.

    That being said, it is very nice to see you commenting and I hope that you'll post again at some point.

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  5. Thank you, Karen, for your reply. I was, however, a little surprised that you stopped short of commenting on the books I listed in my post.

    If you have read Alberto Manguel's With Borges, let me know what you think about it.

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  6. Mystery Fan, you have some VERY heavy tastes. I don't know if I should envy you or go running in the other direction, screaming in horror...

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  7. Ok, vn, definitely an impressive (and intimidating!) list.

    As you've all probably noticed, I tend to gravitate toward fiction. I read Plato, Kant, and St. Augustine (as well as some more of heavy philosophical stuff you mentioned) in college and haven't picked them up again since.

    I haven't read 'With Borges' as yet, but it's on my list of books to read at some point.

    I've heard that Grossman's translation of 'Don Quixote' is fabulous and it's another one of those books on my I-should-read list. Is it as amazing as everyone says it is?

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  8. Hey K,
    I just realised you have made a damaging statement about me. For your kind information, I have read every issue of TOP Gear, Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan this year and I plan to add another two colourful picture magazine to my list next year......So I would greatly appreciate if you did not discount my reading abilities, with statements such as "doesn't read much".

    Yours Eruditely,

    V

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  9. Hey K,
    I just realised you have made a damaging statement about me. For your kind information, I have read every issue of TOP Gear, Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan this year (Have you read these magazines...thats definitely heavy reading!!!) and I plan to add another two colourful picture magazine to my list next year......So I would greatly appreciate if you did not discount my reading abilities, with statements such as "He's not a big reader"

    Yours Eruditely,

    V

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  10. :)))

    Loving this "conversation"! Glad you know who your mystery fan is, Karen!

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