Notes to myself written by Hugh Pratheris an excerpt form the writer’s diary which had sold million of copies in a few year without any kind of publicity. The writer from Mexico had been struggling in his career when he decided to give up his job and concentrated on only writing on support of his wife Gayle, a teacher by profession. But nothing could give him the recognition as a writer and he struggled more. It was then that he decided to publish the excerpts from his personal diary. And within few years he was a known figure in Mexico!
Notes to myself is a journey of a struggle, unfulfillment of dreams and the subtle pathos covered in humour. It’s an exploration into writer’s insightful thoughts – rich in values, beautiful, normal, true and sometimes dilemmatic. I could relate to most but some confused me and made me ponder long after I finished reading it. That’s the appeal – you are never done with the book.
Here are a few excerpts from hordes and I found it difficult to choose but just had to go by instinct.
What’s the difference between ‘I want food’ and ‘I want sex’?
If a man takes off his sunglasses I can hear him better.
Being real is more a process of letting go that it is the effort of becoming. I don’t really have to become me, although at times it feels this way – I am already me. And that is both the easiest and the hardest ting for me to realise.
The book is worth a treasure for the thoughts never die down; they are true to the core, retributive and a big time morale stirrer. Worth a buy anytime.