The Notebook

Since a long time, Straight From The Heart has only been about poems and short stories. There was a time, though, when I used to write sensible and sentimental posts too. Yes, please trust me…
I can be sensible at times ;)

I stopped writing on sensible topics when a friend of mine suggested that I should leave sensible [read controversial] topics in capable hands of other bloggers who can do it, I should rather explore my talent and make this world a better place to live, in my own possible way. I have always said that amidst the busy lifestyle, Straight From The Heart is a place to relax. Forget about the tensions of life, remove your shoes, sip some coffee, and unwind!

I continued writing sentimental posts but then those too took a backseat when I realized the topics started getting too personal. I mean, it became difficult for me to write sentimental posts because I was feeling too sentimental!
From that point onwards, SFTH became a blog of poems and short stories with a few general posts scattered here and there.

However, today I decided to write a sentimental post. Long ago, I had written a post on the novel “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks.
I am re-publishing it because I want to add to it …

"Floating" in love ...





There are few books you start reading and do not feel like finishing. There are books that you begin reading and finish it on the same day … at one go but once done, you do not feel like opening them again, they are good for one time reading … most of the books belong to this category. There are books that you read at one go and like so much that you want to read again, you finish the book … absorb the feeling, you float in that feeling for a few days before going back completely to what you have been doing before you started reading. Then there are books, which you wish never end, stories that you feel should go on … and on …

I was on the seventh cloud when someone told me that he read my story Is This Love? for 2-3 times and liked it so much that he floated in that feeling for a while and could not get back to work. This is a real compliment for a writer esp. a ‘growing’ one.

Why do love stories touch our heart in such a way? Because in spite of being a part of the professional rat race, in spite of being money oriented, we humans … deep down somewhere are still romantic. We may say thousand and one time that we do not believe in love, but somewhere … deep down … a part of us always believes! Because that part of us has been like this for entire life. That part has been true to our soul, still a part of us that has not wandered away from the truth …

When I read “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks for the first time, I knew I would be reading it again. There was something in the book, which touched me deeply. This story is nowhere near, to what my life is but still I felt so connected.
I let that feeling stay with me for a few days and then I read other books. One day I found a book “The Wedding” once again written by Nicholas Sparks and realized [author mentions this too] that it is sequel to “The Notebook”

After I finished reading that book, I re-opened “The Notebook”. That is when DJ tagged me. The book had the same effect on me as it had the first time. The words played the same music and the feelings described by the author created same magic.
The author sure does know how to touch the reader’s heart. Knows how to make one cry …

You will not be mistaken if you have assumed that I am going to recommend this book to the readers of this post. If … at least for one day … you wish to live floating in the sweet feeling of love … grab this book. There might be many out there, which will have similar effect on some but I talk about this book because I have read it and I know what it is all about.

There are few love stories that do not end where they seem that they might end. “The Notebook” for sure is one of those books.
Well! Before you have any wrong impressions … Nicholas Sparks is not paying me for this post ;)

There are many things in this book that I would like to talk about …
Like I had said in my post “Even men can be romantic” where I talk about “Message In A Bottle” yet another Novel by Nicholas Sparks …
Even this novel has its share of sex but the backbone of the story is the true love that Noah and Allie, the characters of the story share.

There is a movie based on this novel and a friend has promised to get me the DVD of it. If I am affected this much by this novel then I assure you that you will be affected at least to some extent.
Try it yourself and tell me if you repent buying the book…

Before I end this post, I would like to mention two letters from this novel.
I hope the author will not mind it, if/when he comes to know :)

The first letter [actually a part of the letter] that Noah wrote to Allie when they separated for the first time …

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each one of them we’ve found. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this good-bye is both a good-bye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.
When I look at you, I see your beauty and grace and know they have grown stronger with every life you have lived. And I know I have spent every life before this one searching for you. Not someone like you, but you, for your soul and mine must always come together. And then, for a reason neither of us understands, we’ve been forced to say good-bye.
I would love to tell you that everything will work out for us, and I promise to do all that I can to make sure it does. But if we never meet again and this is truly good-bye, I know we will see each other again in another life. We will find each other again, and maybe the stars will have changed, and we will not only love each other in that time, but for all the times we have had before.

The second letter
The last of those, which Noah wrote to Allie when they were away…

My dearest Allie,

I don’t know what to say anymore except that I couldn’t sleep last night because I knew that it is over between us. It is a different feeling for me, one that I never expected, but looking back, I suppose it couldn’t have ended another way.
You and I were different. We came from different worlds, and yet you were the one who taught me the value of love. You showed me what it was like to care for another, and I am a better man because of it. I don’t want you to ever forget that.
I am not bitter because of what has happened. On the contrary, I am secure in knowing that what we had was real, and I am happy we were able to come together for even a short period of time. And if, some distant place in the future, we see each other in our new lives, I will smile at you with joy, and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. And maybe, for a brief moment, you’ll feel it too, and you’ll smile back, and savor the memories we will always share together.
I love you, Allie.
Noah

There! Now I am feeling better …
Touching, aren’t they?

Now, do drop me a line telling me your views when you finish reading the book.


This is my post from the past and now what I have to add to it, is this –

Finally, after a long time, I bought the DVD of The Notebook from Amazon.com
I saw the movie the day I received it in mail.
I am sure many of you might have read the novel by now, perhaps seen the movie too. Each person has his / her own views and what follows is my view about the movie…

It is awful! …
I should have not bought the DVD and allowed it to ruin my wonderful experience of reading the novel. I know, all of you would agree, at least for love stories, novels are far more better than the movies based on the novels. This is true for “The Notebook” as well. It is difficult, I understand. The movie might seem [it does, actually] to be happening too fast as compared to pace of the novel, that is understandable too but there is more than just that … please read this carefully and please understand this …

If there is a way to maintain the essence of the novel, and follow the exact course of events, then why not do it?
A particular scene in the movie was a big disappointment for me …
The scene when Noah and Allie make love when they meet after many years …
The author has described it so beautifully and the on-screen version is disappointment!

I wish I could express this more clearly …
I would just say this –
If not the entire movie, the director should have at least done justice to the intimate scenes between the two characters.

“They gave in then to everything they had fought against for the last fourteen years. Allie lifted her head off his shoulder, looked at him with hazy eyes, and Noah kissed her softly on the lips. She brought her hand to his face and touched his cheek, brushing it softly with her fingers. He leaned in and kissed her tenderly, and she kissed back, feeling the years of separation dissolve into passion.”

This is how the lovemaking starts in the novel …
And in the movie? I do not even want to talk about it!
The story in the book does not end the way they have ended it in the movie. That does not leave scope for part two [Sequel = The Wedding, which is yet another wonderful story]

The movie has spoiled everything, at least for me.
I want to wipe out the memories of the movie so I have taken out the novel from the shelf and I am going to read it again…


These are my views, you are free to have yours!!