Saturday, July 18, 2009


Today is a working day for me thanks to the Bandh called by the Congress yesterday because one of their MLAs got beaten up by supporters of the Communist party.

I really believe there is a reason, apart from its historical dominance by the Communist party and the policies of the State government, why Kolkata lags behind other metros in terms of development & growth, and that has to do with the attitude of the people in this city. Since I don’t offend people on weekends, I will abstain from elaborating on this further ;)

After all, every city has its pros & cons, and Kolkata is no exception.

Since it’s a Saturday I’m obviously not getting any work done. So I thought of making the day somewhat productive and writing about the book I have just finished reading – 'Twilight'.

'Twilight' is the first book of the Twilight Saga (consisting of a series of 4 books) by Stephenie Meyer. I was dead against reading the book at first – it was about teenage romance & a vampire!!

Teenage romance, for God’s sake!!

Moonshine was pretty insistent I read the book and then I saw people (women) all around me at work reading the book. Needless to say they were all gushing about it and that got my curiosity peaking. I bought the book, thinking I probably won’t be buying the series.

When I started reading the book I couldn’t believe myself…I was like, “Oh great, I’m reading a book on high school romance & vampires!! Why did I let people convince me into this again??”

I’ve never read a romance novel in my life, vampires are not my idea of people to spend my free time with, and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was not my favorite TV show. But whadyaknow – 2 days into the book I was so hooked, I went back and bought the entire series!!

I’ve already drooled all over my computer screen and this blog about Edward Cullen (see post below), the hero of the book who is also a vampire, so let me not extol his gorgeousness even further, and get started about the book.

The book is about a girl (Bella) who moves to a tiny wet, dreary town outside Seattle where everyone knows everyone else. She meets and falls in love with a vampire (Edward). Now that doesn’t happen too often, does it? But there’s a small problem there…vampires drink blood and there are six other vampires in Edward's family. The rest of the story is about the dangers Bella faces because she’s in love with a vampire.

I think I’m sounding like I’m making fun of the book. It’s hard not to if you think about it rationally. But I loved the book!!

It’s very well written though the story is childish, cheesy, corny…it IS a high-school romance after all, with a healthy dose of flipping hearts, knotting stomachs, sexual tension etc. And oh, vampires. Lots of them.

The author is American, and her language reflects that – it’s flowy and easy to read. And she’ll keep you turning pages without wanting to put the book down. I was so addicted to the book, I was reading it even during lunch breaks at work!!

A warning though : this book is NOT meant for men.

I just got my hands on the movie and I can’t tell you how badly I’m dying to watch it! So that’s the POA for tonite – watch a cheesy movie about high-school kids in love and vampires. The only problem is that A wants to watch it with me. He thinks I’ve completely lost it because I’ve been walking around in a daze (it’s the Edward Cullen effect I assure you, I’m sure I’ll snap out of it sooner or later) and can’t stop talking about how gorgeous and charming the vampire is!

I’m trying to talk him out of it but he’s simply not relenting. This is a movie I need to watch alone or with a girlfriend….definitely not with a boy! He is never going to get the movie!

Besides, I’d like to watch it with someone who would think it’s perfectly normal to squeal and drool all over the place over a hot guy. A guy is never going to get that either.


The knife said...

bandsh in Cal are 4 day affairs around the weekend...Part 1 calls it on 2 calls it on friday... then the weekend

Never bothered me till my poor brother was stuck in a train outside cal on his birthday last year. i am so glad he came to goa on his birthday this year

Scarlett said...

@The Knife - Well, companies have devised a novel way to beat the political parties. They make Saturday a full working day to make up for the bandh....grrrrr

The knife said...

capitalist bloodsuckers

Scarlett said...

@The Knife - Don't talk about 'bloodsuckers'. I'm reading a book (chick-lit) on vampires (that I've written abundantly about) & the protagonist is this super-hot vampire. That's all I can think about these days, I even dream of the book!

Moonshine said...

I am feeling so good.. and powerful!!!! hehehehehe

Maybe men will like it too? Knife, would you like to try maybe? And check out the hypothesis?

Scarlett said...

@Moonshine - I'll admit I got addicted to Edward Cullen because of you! But I don't think 'Knife' will appreciate it.

The knife said...

@Scarlett: I think that there was a Tom Cruise vampire movie when I was in college which girls would drool over.

Moonshine...I am re-reading Maximum City right now which has vampires of another kind

Ashwin said...

You might want to have a ;look at this:

Scarlett said...

@Ashwin - Well, the post is pretty bang on. But as he (or is it she? Though I think it's a he) says he has no clue why he let himself give in to pre-teen lit...I don't know. The story might not be great but Edward's character is mindblowingly awesome - more perfect than any man can aim to be! Could that be why Twisted DNA didn't like the book?

Scarlett said...

@Ashwin - And hey, good to know you're alive. Say hi more often :)

Ashwin said...

Heh!... who knows... could be. And... I've always been around... probably always will be :D

Scarlett said...

@Ashwin - :)