The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


Good use of the text of Dante’s Inferno: I had not read it and there will be many other readers of Dan Brown’s Inferno who are yet to read or have no plans to read Dante’s seminal Inferno (of The Divine Comedy). It was not on my reading list in the foreseeable future. And though it didn’t push creating an urge, the detailed mention of the work did push me to take Google’s help. After reading the novel, I have done my share of research and intend to read more of The Divine Comedy.

It is still a good read: Reading a book is not just a time-pass. If seen logically and on a mature note, it is one of those better investments of your time that enriches your experience, a time given that widens your span of thinking. (Okay, I am not talking here of the cheap literature.)  On this scale, Dan Brown’s Inferno is a good read. Though you don’t jump over the prospects of the page-turners as you turn-over the pages, still, you can maintain a consistent pace of reading.

It is about a good beginning: The gentleman with a knack for getting into troubling environs of mystery and mysterious intellect gets hospitalized with serious head-injury and an assassin in pursuit and to compound the misery, the gentleman suffers amnesia that leaves him without any memory of his current situation – an apt beginning of a thriller pushing the reader to think of something complex and disturbing coming ahead and so pushing him to know more - that is a good enough beginning to sustain for the whole reading length in spite of the book not being an edgy thrilling saga.

It is not dogmatic/describing about religion: Though weaved around the Symbology of a heavily religious work, Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Dan Brown smoothly manages to keep away the religious underpinnings in his Inferno much in the same way he has done in his earlier works. His use of the religious or cultural or historical Symbology remains like an objective reading of an existing text.

Some good character development: Though Robert Langdon is not as sharp as he was in ‘Angels & Demons’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’, the characters of Sienna Brooks and Bertrand Zobrist stand out and carry the plot on their shoulders smoothly. The predicament and emotional quotient of Sienna Brooks touches the heart while Bertrand Zobrist’s character background and his radical views on an issue (overpopulation) so regularly discussed pushes one to think. The reader wants to know what happens to them. The reader thinks on what happened to them. 

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