Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why write reviews

I have realized quite recently that honesty is undervalued. And it is rare. Even in casual conversation, let alone carefully crafted blog-posts and articles. It is easy and most times very convenient to say things which will impress others than what we truly want to express. If you offered me a choice between smartness and honesty, i would have picked smartness any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. Chicks dig it! But i guess i have reached a level of maturity (read, age) where impressing girls, though extremely desirable, is not the only thing that occupies my mind. And perhaps experience has also taught me that no amount cunning, stunning, trickery, smoothness or smartness, can make you a likeable person.

So even if one does not posses scathing insights on a subject, even if one does not posses flowery and eloquent skill with language, one shall strive to be true to himself and write honestly. And perhaps another one shall like reading it.

I try to write reviews about any new book, play or movie that i come across. Not because i want to judge that piece of creation. I doubt if anyone can do such a thing. But you do not improve at anything, or gain anything from an experience, unless you put some mental and physical energy into it. Writing a review makes you think about the experience once again, and that is where part of the learning takes place.

So write on and send me a link, would love to read it :)

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Anonymous Preetiprasad said...

Totally agree. My first time here, but certainly not the last one. Many a times, I like something instantly, but when I cool down and take a closer look or think about a certain thing/movie/book I can see both pros and cons very clearly..and to sum it up, reviews are supposed to be based on ones perspectives and sensibilities..age brings certain amount of depth ( couldnt find synonym to 'theheraav'in Hindi) to our thought process.

4:10 PM, May 28, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Besides, the author is searching for a comment too. So a book review is a win-win for all. Except when the author gets thumbs-down.

7:59 PM, March 27, 2014  
Blogger siddhya said...

Hi Preeriprasad,

Thanks. And that is a beautiful word - theheraav. I wonder what an English and Marathi equivalents might be!

Hi sweetyshinde,

Hehe yes that is also one of the reasons i write reviews. And mostly of things that i like. Unless i am too annoyed at something :)

8:39 PM, March 28, 2014  

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