Love for Dickens

Charles Dickens ... Google says hello
Charles Dickens ... Google says hello

Today’s Google Doodle is awesome and features one of my favorite authors. In an old post, my brother Aditya has written beautifully about books:

They transport me away from my mundane existance to places of beauty and magic. Places of mystery, and suspense, and beautiful maidens. Where you never know what’s around the next corner, unless the book is an old friend, dog-eared and time worn, but which is always welcoming. I don’t understand reading a book only once. The only books I’ve read once are the ones that I don’t like. Books I like I read over and over, at suitable intervals. When I remember only the broad strokes of the book, and not the subtle brushwork, I like to take it off the shelf and go through it again, safe in the knowledge that I not going to meet any unpleasant memories.

And he uses a Dickens favorite immediately after this para. Go, read more here.

The Game of Thrones

Imagine a world that isn’t black and white. Wait, that’s the world we live in … So, let me rephrase that: imagine a fantasy novel set in a world that isn’t black and white. That’s right. No orcs, no Sauron, no Dark Lord, no Voldemort, no Deatheaters, in short … no easily identifiable evil villian.

Sure there are people who are more dark than they are light, but as the story chugs along, you realise it isn’t without reason.

Now, imagine that this fantasy novel is converted into a rich TV series, set in lush locales with great actors and wonderful pacing.

Wonderful thing, imagination.

Now wish for it to be true … aaand …the magician in me just granted your wish.

The Game of Thrones is a TV series being broadcast on HBO in the US.

It’s based on a series of books by George R R Martin.

Please read, and watch.