Note: This post is not intended for those who plan to read the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book series.
With respect to my ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ status update, I am already onto my fourth book ‘A Feast for Crows’. Yes, that means I completed my third book ‘A Storm of Swords’ on Friday almost before the day we started back from my vacation. Just on time. And that was two weeks for the third book , just for the record. Thanks to my friend who loaned his Kindle with my book loaded so that I can keep on to my reading. At first I thought , wow is he chivalrous or what. (Spoiler Alert) And during one discussion over the lunch, he asked me which chapter I was and I told him that Robb was back and talks of wedding was going on. He was like, Edmure’s Wedding is it? I told him that, Edmure’s Wedding is being discussed but no, I was talking about Robb’s wedding. He was like, ok ok go ahead. And then we went to Alibagh and this wonderful resort had a room with the pool view and we had chairs besides the pool to lounge and relax. I was about to read the chapter of Edmure’s Wedding then and my friend told me that I should probably relax by the pool side and read and not get disturbed by the TV (they were watching Comedy Central…well that is what they watched all the time.. so). I was like , wow, he is being really really nice.
And there I went all happy that Robb is going to patch things up with the Frey’s and Edmure, even though I don’t like him much, was finally getting married and things will be rosy and stuff. Once I was done with the chapter, (sorry no spoiler alert here) I was wondering as if I was dreaming. I thought that may be I had really slept while reading because this cannot actually happen. WTF. I really made myself get up and sit straight so as to feel that I am really awake this time and re-read that chapter. And still it was the same scene. WTF again. There was this tightness in my chest that I couldn’t explain. I went to the room, looked in and said “WTF, What did happen just now ? Did I read it correctly ? or is it something else? ” He looked at me and said ‘Is that your reaction ? That is all ?” . “What do you mean ‘is that all’ ? “, I asked. “I don’t even know what I am feeling right now”, I said and then the tears started to come. A slow and late reaction but a reaction that was at last relaxing that tightness that was there in my chest. Because now I got the confirmation that I did read it correctly. I told them that I am going to stop reading for a few minutes and just relax and the tears wont stop.
My friend told me how he really had a panic attack on reading the chapter and was really really upset for a very long time. I wouldn’t peg him ever for getting panicked over anything at all. He is a ‘take it easy’ kind of person. And I was really surprised because even though I was emotionally blank for some time, I did not cry like I did for Dumbledore’s death. May be because with the way things were happening may be unconsciously I was not expecting their lives to be a bed of roses. Probably. I don’t know. I think I did make up some stuff to relax myself and to get going. They showed me a YouTube video of the reactions of various people who haven’t read the book and watched the series on TV. Wow.. I should say, some reactions were pretty strong, but very honest. I would have reacted by shouting, screaming, whatever. I am a very emotional person even though I am little private with it. If there are people around, I might control myself, but if I am alone and if you are living in the next or opposite flat, you will definitely hear my reactions.
And I should say that this book, as my friend said to me much before, was more interesting than the rest of it. Especially the way the last of the leech’s prediction coming true, I shouted a hallelujah and thanked all Gods. Pretty juvenile, I know. But I couldn’t help it. And the last Epilogue. Man, that was something. I was in the car coming on our way back to Pune from a local trip and I was so glad to read it. I jumped up and down in my seat. And why not, I was the only one in that seat and I might as well enjoy it. At this rate, I am sure to finish it soon I guess.
And no wonder, I ain’t that fond of weddings. Marriage, though, is another matter.