There was once I did not get on a BEST bus in Bombay on my way to work as I saw my colleague in the bus queue. Getting in the same bus would mean idle chatter for an hour an half. Precious time taken away from my book. So I opted to hide behind a pillar so I would not be spotted and wait for the next bus. Just so I could read in peace.
When I was at the salon on the day of my engagement awaiting my turn, the hair dresser proudly announced that there was a bride-to-be in the room. All the women and girls started looking around excitedly for this blushing bride. I naturally had my nose buried in a book and tried to ignore them. The chatter got rather disturbing, so I finally gave up and raised my hand like I was in school and volunteered that I was the girl in question. Must say the women were rather disappointed in finding a bride-to-be more interested in story books instead of fairy tale weddings.
Couple of months ago my brother had to take me to the hospital in the middle of the night. At the hospital while going through my bag to find my IC, he was amazed that even in my frantic and painful state, I had managed to pack a book.
That is how much I love books. So naturally there are some literary characters I am very attached to. A good writer makes his characters relatable. When you are engrossed in the story you actually believe that some characters are so much like you.
So here goes. My Top Ten literary characters who I think are so much like me. Or am I just like them?
1) Elizabeth Bennet- Pride and Prejudice: Undoubtedly one of most popular women characters ever. A character immortalised by various heroines across the years in movies and TV shows- both in the West and in India. Remember Trishna? One of the best TV shows on Indian televisions. The character was called Rekha Anand. It never ceases to amaze me that Jane Austen created Lizzie's character in 1813. However it is as relevant today as it was then.