The First Page

The first page is where it all starts. Literally everything that exists now is because of the first page. Like the big bang was the precursor to the universe we see today, the first page is the precursor to the universe we create in our minds. This piece is a tribute to the tacit influence the first page has over our lives.
So let’s begin at the the beginning at the page itself. What might have conspired is this, primeval man, engrossed in his memories must have felt the need to record them on some kind of a surface. A surface that could be preserved, that he could easily look at when he wanted to and in this way, keep the memories fresh in his mind. The best candidate to that description, man found in his own shelter. Resting his heels in his cave, he stared at the walls. The stones that made up his cave were fine specimens – smooth and even surfaces, an offwhite tinge. He must have noticed a charcoal mark on a corner of the wall. It was an accident, from when he and his brother had been practising fighting with burnt logs of firewood. That sent man spiralling into childhood memories. But then like a spark of flint, an idea struck. He picked up some remaining firewood and started etching marks on the wall. Then he saw that he could mark the walls with charcoal in such a way that the shapes formed could resemble animals, humans, trees and if he put his mind to it, his memories. This is the first page in the story of ‘The first page’.
After then, like our universe today, the world of man expanded in leaps and bounds. The reason – one man decided to start etching out a story, a story that would be the big bang in the universe of pages. Unlike an explosion, the beginning of recorded media was gradual. It wasn’t until thousands of years later that man began to write on dried leaves. They were much more flexible, he found, and easy to store than huge slabs of stone. Ofcourse, stone inscriptions were much more durable, but man found it a worthy compromise to drop inscribing stones and take up inking leaves. Since leaves were discovered as a great way of storing thoughts and memories. If you are one of the precise types and you need your information technically accurate, this was the actual beginning of the concept of pages.
A leaf or a specifically sized part of a leaf began to be used widely. Though the size of the leaf varied from one region to the next. People prefferred leaves that were locally and generously available in nature. Now, a single leaf was the historical equivalent of a page. That is the reason why a new beginning is also phrased as ‘turning over a new leaf’ – it means turning over a page. But for the precise ones, as I earlier pointed out, it still isn’t a page until it is a part of a larger collection of pages.. It is just a peice of a leaf or ‘ a piece’ – which is what they call an article in contemporary journalism – because it isn’t a part of any larger collection. It is independant. A piece.
Soon, an ancient clerk must have gotten fed up with all the individual leaves he had to deal with. He must have spent every moment of his tedious job thinking about how to make his work easier. Then whilst having his meal, he must have pushed them all aside from his table to make space for his meal. Individual leaves had a tendency to fly off to a mild breeze. So his stacked them one over the other so that they wouldn’t be scattered. When he finished his meal, the leaves were still their, in precisely the order that he had stacked them. Then the question he asked himself, is an important question in the history of the human race.
‘What if that there was something that could keep the leaves bound to each other, in a pre-arranged order allowing someone to easily read both sides of every leaf?”
Soon man figured how to bind papyrus into leather casings and make them heavy enough to remain unbudged by winds and yet be portable enough that it could be carried anywhere. People of a popular language began call it a ‘book’. Finally, a single leaf of the book began to be called a page. The story of the page ends here. And the heroic tale of the ‘book’ begins. This might be the end of this page. But as long as there are eager minds wanting to learn, adventures waiting to be inked, and tales wanting to be read – the page will live on.

 


 

This was something I wrote some 2 years ago. Thought about sharing this with you.

Reading a bit of Basham – The Wonder That Was India

Arthur Llewellyn Basham is a noted historian of the 1950s. He had done BA in Sanskrit which led him to the study of Indian Civilizations.  The man spent his life analysing ancient Indian texts and drawing up a concise understanding of ancient Indian customs, traditions, civil structure, economy. And a compendium of this extensive study is his book, ‘The wonder that was India’.

I’ve just started reading this book yesterday. And 50 pages into the 500 page long journey, my mind has already been blown. I never liked history that much, but after reading a bit of Basham, I’m eager to delve into history as a hobby. Nonetheless, if you’re a history fanatic or are simply interested in learning about ancient India, this book is meant for you.

If you want to buy the book, here is the link to it’s amazon page :

Buy ‘The Wonder That Was India’ – A.L Basham

Dan Brown: Master of Mystery

Who is Dan Brown?

If you’re into mystery novels and intellectually provoking fast-paced treasure hunts, then Dan Brown is your guy. With bestsellers like ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Inferno’ under his wing, he is probably one of the best mystery novelists of the world. Also with 3 of his books being adapted into movies, he is living the American Dream. But the reason behind his success is worth discussing.

What makes him special?

Dan Brown’s first book called ‘The Digital Fortress’ was based on computer technologies and the NSA (America). And despite the technicalities of high-end computers and viruses being out of scope for the average joe, he managed to simplify the technical concepts and yet weaved a thrilling page turner.

In his next big hit ‘The Da Vinci Code’, he weaved a story based around Da Vinci’s Art and the life of Jesus Christ. Now most of us don’t know a lot about Da Vinci or Jesus Christ. But when you finish reading the book, you have learnt a lot about the two.

This is one of the specialities of Dan Brown. He can weave a phenomenal story but he also gives you a lot of information in the span of the story. But instead of feeling like a force-feeding of data, Dan Brown’s novels feel like an informative adventure.

Master of Mystery

If you’re a mystery writer and want to learn how to plot a gripping mystery, then all you have to do is pick up any Dan Brown book. But in my opinion, the best mystery plot Dan Brown has ever written is his 2001 book, ‘ Deception Point ‘. It contains multiple well-placed twists and divulges about themes like space travel, marine life, politics and NASA. In short, the book possesses all the elements of a blockbuster

Moreover, those who read Dan Brown feel like they’ve been on an awesome roller coaster ride. Yes, they’re that entertaining. Personally, before I read the Da Vinci Code, I didn’t believe that a lot of information and a great plot went so well together.

P.S – Speaking of blockbusters, why isn’t the Deception Point adapted into a movie yet?

Conclusion

Those of you who expect a book to entertain you and at the same time, teach you – then Dan Brown is the way to go. For those of you who are interested in reading his books, click on the link below – it will take you to Dan Brown’s Amazon page. There all his books are listed with prices.

Dan Brown’s Amazon page


 

Mechanism of the mind – How the brain works.

Not all of us are expert neurologists or psychologists. So we lack the educational basis to truly understand the human brain. And hence to most of us, it seems like an infinitely complex machine. But the brain can be simply understood through the use of models. Situations of daily life can be compared to events and phenomena occurring inside the brain. And the best person to do this is Edward de Bono.

In his book, ‘Mechanism of the mind’, Edward de Bono explains the complex processes of our brain by using models that can be easily understood by the common man. I’ve just started reading the book. Having read 60 pages of it, I’ve understood a lot about the way the brain functions. Edward de Bono has done a great job in bringing the complex workings of the brain to a high school reading level.

If you are curious about how your brain works or want to improve your intellectual performance, I’d suggest you try the book out -> Mechanism of the mind ( clicking on the link will take you to the amazon page of the book) Also if you want to know more about Edward de Bono’s work read my article on another book of his ->De Bono’s ‘How To Have Creative Ideas?’

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De Bono’s ‘How To Have Creative Ideas?’

Edward De Bono is a magician when it comes to unleashing your hidden creativity. And one of his greatest performance is his own book ‘How To Have Creative Ideas ?’

The book consists of 62 different exercises all using random words to provoke original thought. As you go through these unique exercises, your brain gets used to thinking in multiple ways. And all you have to do is solve one exercise a day! Isn’t that easy.. and these exercises aren’t even like those brain teasers with only one correct answer. As long as your answer satisfies the conditions given by the exercise, any answer is acceptable. De Bono encourages you to think as creatively as you can while you solve these exercises.

And honestly, I’ve been solving exercises from the book since the past month. Around halfway through the book, I feel my mind is getting freer. I’m getting more used to thinking out of the box. I would suggest this book to anyone who is looking to expand the thinking ability of their mind. More so, any of De Bono’s books are the best for enhancing and understanding your brain. So go online and get his books and work through them. In the end, you’ll find yourself to be a better thinker than before.

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How To Have Creative Ideas (Edward de Bono) on Amazon

Edward de Bono on Amazon