I read two books recently. One is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, and Stllness Speaks by Eckart Tolle. Memoirs is quite a book. I saw it in a shelf last January 1 in my Baguio house and decided to browse through it since I forgot to bring my planned reading material for the trip. After the 1st two pages, I was hooked! This book takes the reader through the life and times of one of Japan’s outstanding geishas in the pre-war to post-war period. The story-telling will captivate you and the description of life and love in those times is quaintly exquisite, charming and extremely fascinating. A must read. Incidentally, I checked the web and apparently, Spielberg’s Dreamworks Productions has bought the rights and is now filming it.
The other book, Stillness Speaks, is Eckart Tolle’s long-awaited book after The Power Of Now. If you are the meditative type, get this one. It is a book that one should not finish in one sitting. It is best consumed in tiny doses daily. It is rich in insight and rings true, so true you shudder at how the world seems to have gotten everything wrong about the big ticket items of life like happiness, the self, suffering, meaning, grace and all that.
My next reading will be The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. My wife, daughter and some friends have given them a high must-read reco!
Lastly, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have a new address now. Thanks to Ate Sienna whose offer to host my blog I accepted even if I still have to meet her in person, I am now in pansitan.net. Soon, I will put up a gallery of my pictures to share with everyone.