Monday, December 4, 2017

Do We Need to Search for Synonyms Always?

It makes me really happy when readers feel they can be part of my story. A long time ago, in a small town named Ranchi, I was sitting with my grandpa and talking about - er- life. He was a scientist whose passion was literature. He told me that we are always looking for complexities in life and most of the time that transpires in our writing too. What's the use of writing all kinds of synonyms when simple words can reach the hearts of the readers? I was puzzled and was sure Sister Mary Jude would not be approving of this talk. Dickens, Shelly, Keats and Bronte would be reduced to ashes if I wrote a simple sentence like -"The sky is blue."

Dadu laughed and said - but the sky is blue. If you want to call it umbrella and a coat of blue, you can. But do you see it as an umbrella? I didn't. I saw the blue sky. So if my sight could convey what I thought, why were the words on my page struggling? 

My aim is always to tell those stories that touches a reader's heart. And even if one-tenth of my readers feel this way - I have succeeded in what I have set to achieve. 



At December 4, 2017 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

I couldn't agree more. I find it boring if I have to rush to the dictionary a few hundred times to understand the book I am reading. At the end of it, it isn't the pleasurable pastime it's meant to be, but like preparing for exams, where acquiring knowledge isn't the key but to just be able to answer the exam questions. I am sure you know what I mean.


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