Books: Video Night in Kathmandu
I’m thoroughly ashamed to say that I didn’t complete ‘Video Night’. I read the first two essays on Bali and Tibet but never went beyond that. It was strange, but when I read the book then, I didn’t like it (sorry).
I found Pico Iyer a bit too analytical, too labourious, too heavy. He annoyed me. I knew he was brilliant, but I didn’t like him. I remember thinking: Why does he have to go so deep into Bali? It’s a beautiful island; why does he have to over-analyse so much?
I eventually stopped reading. All these years, his book stayed on my shelf – unfinished, reminding me how unsophisticated and uncultured I was. How I was unable to appreciate good writing.
Then all of a sudden Pico Iyer kept popping up everywhere- in Boston.com, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and I’m sure in a whole lot of other places I didn’t know about. These articles were such good reads – well-written and full of insight, wisdom and clever stuff, and I thought, Wait, hang on. Hang on a sec. I need to start reading him again.
And so I did. A few days ago, I re-read ‘The Underground Overland Invasion’, his piece on Tibet and fell in love with it. Properly, this time.
And yes, he really is brilliant. Pico Iyer writes beautifully. You just need to wait a little for me to tell you just how beautiful.
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