Doing just for the love of it...

....charmed by the old days..... - I am a nostalgic person and feel like going back to old days again and again.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
April 10, 2009 12:12am CST
I subscribed to a library that I was into as a teen, a couple of days ago. Going to a library and utilizing all its facilities are not feasible for me though. I am getting everything on internet, even downloading books, movies, journal and all that I need. Still, I have been haunted by a nostalgia of good old days and just went there, driven by instincts. Have you ever done anything just for the sake of it knowing that it wont come much help to you?
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
10 Apr 09
i am also a fan of books of any sort but i dont get to read much mainly because of my kids(i dont get anytime except to run after them) and my in-laws dont like to any books other than religious stuff,but i do manage to read atleast one or two of them.but recently i did go to library to browse through my favourite books.the experience was so exhilarating.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
Hi Mabel I used to be a voracious reader and would read anything and everything that I would come across. Right from comic strips to periodicals to novels and non-fiction. I have a huge book collection and my mom is fade up with squeezing them into proper place! Library would not come of any help except for some very old precious books for i download ebooks and if that too come short my boss provides me with it. So, its just a fancy. I love the ambiance of the British Library, I had always.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
10 Apr 09
i love going to british library.you made me remember my old days when we used to frequent british library with my friends,it was sort of picnic for us.we used to spend the whole day there just looking /browsing through various books and then we used do some shopping also,fashion street was nearby and when we were hungry,there was mcdonalds!!now due to time constraints,i go to local library.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
Good old days! The BCL here hasn't changed except for one posh coffee shop adjacent to the reception which keeps the readers mesmerised with the aroma of filter coffee. The moment they step of they need to have a cup.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
12 Apr 09
I want to visit my school in Sri Lanka very badly.I have to make it at least once in my life time.It is like a pilgrimage for me.It is going to be of great help for my soul which yearns to to live my childhood moments right where I spent them.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Apr 09
I know, this is an unbelievable feeling. I still remember my childhood days in Arunachal Pradesh where I was born. I feel like going back to the place again and again. Srilanka must be a great place and even though a lot has changed since the nostalgia tat makes you revisit your school there must be very strong. Blessed be.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
16 Apr 09
The place I was living is just like Arunachal Pradesh too.Beutiful lush mountains, woods and brooks.The yearning to visit my childhood town is the most predominant in my mind always.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
16 Apr 09
Hi Bala! Are you from Srilanka?I had a neighbour and friend who is also from Srilanka [she is still in Trichy]She was in Nuvareliya in Srilanka.She is a lover of books and if you see my response to Mimpi , she is also one of the friends to whom I gave away my Tamil books.She told me once that when she was young if someone asked her to ask for a boon from God she would say that the roof must open and rain books. It was very sweet hearing her say that.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
10 Apr 09
Ah well, you have aptly picked a topic that finds similarity in my behaviour too.In the place[ a town called Trichy] where I lived earlier, there was no proper lending library in the vicinity and I had to travel quite a bit to get my books for reading.These --I just could not not be without.So, I used to travel the distance and get a few books from that lending library[it was in the bazaar on the main road far away]The owner was a bit of a rude man[some people are impolite for no legitimate reason] and I did not fancy transacting with him, but I had no choice.One day, I don't know why I got so irritated, I was totally cheesed off with him and decided to open one on my own.I dd not have too much of my own money at that point of time but soon I got some savings out of my earnings and then I bought a few books of my own[all second hand ] and rented a small outhouse [I was teaching music and decided to pay my rent from this and started on my own.I knew that it would not bring me any profit ,but I just justified myself saying that I was doing it out of my own meagre savings ;I have never ever regretted it because it gave me so many friends, and later this library was shifted to my own residence [though rented it had space]in the same compound. I had many young girls coming to my place.I adored the chats I had with them [I could read whatever I wanted ];Whenever, I went to Chennai[to see my sister]I used to go to her library[I had been a member here when I had spent a few years in CHennai] and bought all the books of my choice at second hand.I recalled all my favourite titles and bought them.[in M&B]I loved them all.On top of this my sistersinlaw used to send all the books that they HAD read. I may have spent some money but they were all funded by my own freelancing efforts and savings.It gave me a few friends ..When I relocated I packed my favourite ones [all close to my heart] and brought them here. I sold a negligible few but I gave piles and piles of books to my friends.wELL, When I started doing it I knew I was just being impulsive and that it could not be a profitable venture if you had to look at it objectively, but I really did not mind.My husband encouraged me becasue I was only attempting to do soemthing based on my strengths and it was all withiin my means. AS I told you I did not opt for very expensive ones [I used to go for crazy bargain hunts in lending libraries.] It was exclusively meant for women.[Tamil and English novels]I loved it mimpi! And whatever you may download on the net, keeping a book and flicking through the pages and reading it is totally different[especially if you do it lying down on a rainy day --aaa! there is no equivalent to this'mimpi !]
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
10 Apr 09
Incidentaly, there was a library initially wihtin the vicinity of my house when I had gone there and this was a library where I used to go during college days.I renmewed my membership there.But, later it closed down and I started my own library.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
Whoa!! Just imagine you are having the same set here in our place and I going there for borrowing books and also for the elevating talks and going there is a passion for all tings that it used to offer us with. Your post reminded me of an dilapidated era when i used to go to one library near my house where the lady owner was as sweet as you and she used to give me chocolates. The books were old and tattered but with a haunted smell of people who had passed their hands on them. The yellow pages reeked of love and bond. My mom thought it was the chocolate that pulled me but it was not! I think the lady was out of the world!! Going through your thoughts took me back and I remembered the almost forgotten face of the lady. It's so good to do something we love with our own endeavor. I just cannot get enough of you Kala. Love you.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
11 Apr 09
Memories rushed in when I read your comment Mimpi . I for one, surely know that it not the chocolates that pulled you. I was immediately transported to the past. There was a landing just outside our place [upstairs] where the steps ended and my members used to stand there after taking their books and chat chat chat! People at home used to wonder from where this inexhaustible material for chats originated!!!!.On one occasion with two young girls [20 and odd] we lost sense of the time and it was 9 clock a t night There was a telephone call from their anxious mother. But of course she did not fret because she knew that her girls would lose track of time with Kala aunty, and then I escorted them back to their place which was just two streets away from mine. I walked up to the corner, saw them enter their house and came back. If I remember right, my husband or son escorted me back. [I had to giggle sheepishly and seek help] It was in the interior [not on the main road and so we had to take care of safety aspects you see!] There were other friends too and I feel happy thinking of those wonderful days. It is almost as precious as my college days! Thanks for the discussion and I am hundred percent sure that we would have had a repeat if my library were at your place!Love you !
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
10 Apr 09
We used to have this record player which plays LP's till recently. There was a friend who had started a lending club for it. Although it was quite far, the thrill of getting to listen to the those records made me sign up. I would go there once in a month and get some of the music of the 60's and 70's to listen to. Although the music was easily available through the internet and in the form of cd's, the thrill of having to listen to them in this way made me joing the club.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
That's am apt one Alok. I still remember reminiscing the LP record player long after we had parted with it while shifting to our new house. We still have a few old records which we can discard anytime but cannot because of the love of it. And listening to LPs on lying on your old couch on one lonely summer afternoon is unbeatable!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
10 Apr 09
I would spend hours on listening to those records.I actually tried buying a few from him. He refused outright, saying that they had a huge senitmental value. I could relate to that. Very recently, we had a coffee house demolished here. I used to make it a point to go there atleast once a month to have the coffee there with friends. There was nothing great about the items or the menu, this place had existed for over 50 years. Just driving down there and spending an hour over coffee brought nostalgic memories.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
I am so much attached to old things,old places, old memories that sometimes it takes me ages to overcome and letting go things. We have to keep pace with the change, we have to grow but not at the cost of our sentimental values.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Apr 09
Hi!Mimpi!Good Morning and Good Friday! I love visiting libraries and now a days it is my office library, which is accessible to me. I sometimes go there not for the sake it or just for passing my time. When I visit the library I intend searching my choice of books from the various options available over there, it is great fun searching books and sometimes it so happen that even after searching for considerable time I do not find book of my choice and sometimes it so happens that when I require only one book for issuance I find more than two and then it becomes difficult to make a choice. Borrowing books from a Library has its own charm and I love reading those books and we are supposed to finish and return those books within a prescribed time limit.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
Library gives me a very nostalgic feeling. In this library, my scheme allows me to take 3 books, 3 periodicals and 1 DVD/CD. I can also use 1 hour of internet on each visit. Its a nice place with a great ambiance. It has a cool coffee shop for the visitors. I was instantly scanned and photographed and within 5 mins they gave me my ID card.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
13 Apr 09
Hi! Mimpi! It sounds great! You can get lot of stuff over there and you can have a cup of coffee, as well. Which library is it? Is it a private library and are you required to pay any fee etc. for availing the facilities.
@pickwick (858)
• India
11 Apr 09
Hi mimpi!Even I am a member of a couple of libraries in town.Its not that I plenty of time to read but I dont want anyday i am free and dont have anything to read.Also I have a weakness for certain magazines which are related to home and spirituality.It does not have the same standered as it use to have earlier when it was launched,but I still buy them.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Apr 09
Yes, a lot has been changed. The world has changed so much! But reading is beautiful!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
10 Apr 09
As much as I enjoy the internet, there is nothing like going to a bookstore or library. The energy of those who have been there before, thumbing through and reading the books, the overwhelming amount of books to go through, it is great!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
As a matter of fact its a unbelievable kind of feeling when you enter a library. No phones, no accessories nothing, you only get to enter with your ID card which you punch in and enter into your world pf books and more books. People. Mostly retired are relaxing with their book of choice and they are totally into oblivion of the happening around. I just love this and by the time you finish glancing through and get your book of choice you are one with them! It's a beautiful feeling!
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
10 Apr 09
Hi mimpz! I haven't been in the library for a long time, I can't even remember the last time I have! And to be honest I am strange when it comes to reading, there are times I like it so much and there are times that I don't, moody I guess, lol! I can't really think of something that I've done something for the love of it at the moment, probably eating, lol!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
Eating? And Eating choc'lates, kebbas, juices.... I can eat eat and eat (all my favorite stuffs) till I die of the love of it! How are you dong? Busy? Me - a little busy these days. But it will be over soon hopefully! Any good news? Mail me.
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
10 Apr 09
Hello dear mimpi. Hunted by a nostalgia of good old days, quite a few of us would be very happy to revisit those places where we used to stay and live. I have to say that I am not an exception, either. When I go back to my hometown during the summer vacation, I also like to pay a visit to those places and my old acquaintances where I used to visit a lot. I miss those happy old days and acquaintances. Good day to mimpi.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
I have seem you starting many discussions on your visit to home town and that says it all. You love and inclination to your root is very strong and I really appreciate William. I am a very nostalgic person and keep going to my good old days.
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@mira91 (988)
• Singapore
10 Apr 09
Hahaha, i guess the feelings of nostalgia are pretty sweet and lovely feelings to have...It's okay to go back to places you simply have lots of memories about or that it reminds you of your time when you were young... =D Like me, sometimes i secretly go down to my primary school where i had spent 6 years of my life studying kiddy stuff and it makes me smile just visiting the place...So it isn't a bad thing, what you did... =]
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
That's so good to hear. You are like me but my school is pretty much along distance away so its not possible for me. But I am hoping to do that in some of these holidays That I am expecting this summer. Thanks for telling me about your nostalgia, do share more.
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@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
i love reading as well. although i know i can just download ebooks anytime at home and just read in my room but i still spend most of my free time in our college library before. i love books. sometime i borrow them just to bring one whenever i go. i have a desktop before so that would be impossible to read an ebook anywhere.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
eBooks are good, easily avail;able and free of cost. But since I do not have an eBook reader I find it difficult to read through them or carry them. And when I am reading it on computer my eyes start to irritate after a while. Real books are handy and I just cannot part with my old classics. Happy reading
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@anonymili (3138)
10 Apr 09
Well hun I haven't checked a book out of a library for about 15 years but I still make sure I have active library membership - just in case LOL! I tend to buy books that I want to read and then give them to friends or family or to charity shops (if I don't want to keep them in my permanent collection). I think my husband would say that I buy shoes and handbags just for the love of it too hahaha but come on, a girl can never have too many shoes or handbags nah? x
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
I have started my subscription for the same reason Mili, Just in case... I have a moderately decent book collection ranging from old classics to modern non-fiction. And I keep insisting that my family gifts me more books every time they want me to feel happier. And who on earth would not like a handbags and shoes. I just cannot get enough of those..
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
10 Apr 09
You never know what is going to turn out to be of help to you. It is all a matter of perspective. Sure! I go with hunches every chance I get. I highly recommend it to anyone :-) PS: Good for you!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Apr 09
We never know dr ann! Being into library is such a lovely feeling. I just loved the ambiance! Hunches sound great!
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Apr 09
Yes I have done things like that before; they have been small things that appear insignificant at the time and there have been times when I have learned their value later. Talking about the library; my daughter and I wondered in one day for no apparent reason only to find they were having a book sale and mountains of books were on sale for next to nothing. We spent $20 and came home with two bagfuls of books and my daughter was the proud owner of excellent classic books some of which I had read as a child, so this exercise was very worthwhile! There's a reason for every inkling!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Apr 09
Whoa! You had a great deal! I just love old classics and memoirs and biographies - looking forward to grab a few there. And indeed you never know! I became the member of British Council Library which is one of the oldest and biggest here. They keep organizing workshops and projects which would be great fun! Will keep you updated.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
12 Apr 09
What a coincidence...I just re-subscribed to my library after 5 years of no touch and no reading besides the occassional magazines! I really miss going to the library and feeling and seeing the books before I pick one up. Even now that I have re-subscribed, I don't think I will be going to the library....I'll be using their online facility where I can pick my book on-line and they deliver it at home. I know it's not the same as going to the library but I get to hold a book and read it without having to do the reading online (which I'm not very comfortable with). A small price to pay for being a working mom!!! And as far as your question goes, I hardly have the time even if my 'haunting instinct' is strong enough. There are so many things I want to do (knowing it's not going to help me in any way except bring back some pleasant memories)....but I just can't do it for lack of time.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Apr 09
Firstly, congratulations Sandhya for having done it ultimately. Its a tough decision with two kids around but you have done it! Good luck on your new found love. Teaching is so beautiful! And I know its a heck of a problem shuttling between job and home and your dream somewhere left out but you never know! And see you did re subscribed to your old library! Had it not been just for the love of it, would you have!
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
14 Apr 09
Oh yes, it was pure love for reading....AND the fact that my older son is a voracious reader too. I wanted both of us to do some reading over the holidays and probably infuse some excitement over stories into the younger one:P
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
14 Apr 09
Good luck on that sandhya! And happy reading!
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
5 Jun 09
We dont have that may libraries here. Mostly are school libraries and then only one public library I think. Our school library is already big enough so I wouldnt have to go to other libraries for any other research work. I have to agree with you that the internet makes everything more accessible to almost all people. Everything is definitely on the internet and if there's that rare case that it doesnt, there are a lot of people who might know where to guide you. Well, I did get a library card out of the public library so I could take out a book that I needed for my thesis in high school. We need the actual books because it was going to be checked by our teacher. Anyway, I have done lots of things just for the sake of it. Its mostly when it comes to purchases like food and a few knickknacks. I just have the habit of buying at least one item whenever I go in a shop just to look around. It would be fine if there were a lot of people but if I was the only one, Id buy a cheap something that I could also use.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
13 Jun 09
Some times doing our mind without being affected gives us an undefined pleasure that's going to stay lifetime with us! I will never forget getting drenched in the rain or eating pickles in the terrace or sneaking in choc'lates in multiplex...I thrive on these sweet memories.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
Oh, yeah I miss having a rain bath. I cant do it anymore cause it wouldnt look appropriate. There are lots of those little memories that might seem insignificant but those are the simple pleasures of life right?^_^
• South Korea
16 Apr 09
sometimes i had experience like that,everytime i am in my childhood place.i can remember my old day and where we sat before is like my mind fast back ward that reminded me,and felt some sad sometimes and at the same time looking to my present life is like a dream can't imagine how life is good for us, i agree with you.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 Apr 09
That's a sweet thought and thanks for sharing it with me.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Apr 09
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
life is not all about money, it is all about doings things that makes you whole, things that would make you happy to make you do things, things to inspire you, to fire up up your life unto doing other things. architects started dreaming of shapes to do buildings, inventors started tinkering everything to see how things works, painters do it because they love to share their impression of their perception of the world. everything that we do are productive.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
20 Apr 09
That's so well put! I appreciate your thoughts and really hope you get to live your dream.
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Apr 09
ilove reading but the past few days I have been very busy with a lot of things and miss reading already. Though i have no time for books i still read alot of things on the internet. Have a niceday and take care!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
12 Apr 09
I guess it is human nature. Once a while, we do like to indulge in what we feel and this includes doing things which we all know is doing for the sake of doing. It could be just a haunt, it could it be out of no choice - whichever it is, there is an intangible benefit behind it. We do not really do things that is of no help. It is just we do not realise it. Recalling a memory is a good nutrient for the soul, my friend.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Apr 09
I agree totally whyaskq. Its an indefinable thing! We are doing it just for the sake of it. Can you imagine this in this world whee we struggle to balance time and work and more work, where we are living on the edge! Obviously, the pleasure that it gives is out of the world!
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