Monday, May 14, 2007


A story in 6 words- that is what a nanotale is.
The classic example given is Hemmingway's "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Well, didn make any sense to me.My favourite is Margret Atwood's "Longed for him. Got him. Shit."

There was a time when i was totally smitten by nanotales. Whatever i thought i wud try to cram it up in 6 words ; articles and propositions often ended up as martyrs. A few more from the human species wont hurt ; )

"I dont want to be understood"

"Different people. Different dreams. Different nightmares"

"I tried hard, but it rained"

"I doubted myself, I embraced solitude"

"Emotional blackmail-backbone of a relationship"

"Solitude replaced lonliness,I learned to live" (I can count alright)

"Life - an interesting game of probabilities"

Well the "nanotale phase" didn last long, much to my relief(frankly speaking). Its not much fun when you start counting the number of words everytime you think or speak.

But brevity has its own charms (wow! one more to my collection) .


Dee said...

Wow! U are actually posting regularly! Good going, and hey, fill up the right side of ur page, its blank.

neermathalam said...

"Solitude replaced lonliness,I learned to live"

are they not the same...or r u trying to portray solitude as rih lonliness..bouncer went over my head...phew...

nanotales...a new word for me..though the concept is familiar..

Anphy said...

solitude and loneliness are not the same
solitude-u r alone n enjoyng it
loneliness-u r alone and detestng it

“Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.”

Confessions of a Born Procrastinator said...

Ah!!! Well put.. too well put...

raghav said...

The best one has to be 'longed for him. got him. shit. "

nanotales huh .. what other fleeting hobbies did u have .. its very interestin u c .. :)

keep blogging !

Nasia said...

very well written :-)

Bullshee said...

They have the same things with cinema. One mintue movies- i forgot what they're called, but a mallu dude is makin a storm with them in the international market...

Kudos on blog. It's nice.

Anphy said...

rohit & nasia : thanx :)

raghav : but that one is by margret atwood. u cud hav chosen one of mine atleast to humor me :P

kartik : i do remember reading about "one-minute-movies" sumwhere.

Unknown said...

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

This one really struck me.
Good post.

Gunner said...

This is the first time I am visitng your better try your hands on haikus, those three liner japanese poems..
Haikus are easy.
Sometimes they don't make sense

Anphy said...

anoop : can u just explain what dt one means? i hav never been able to make head or tails out of it.

sharath : after reading the haikus here i dare not try my hand at those :)

Gunner said...

I don't think that can be classified as haiku. It has to be , strictly a three liner. Not a line more not a line less. The line in that blog are well written.
Life is a road
No signals
But death

Arun said...

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Why would someone buy a baby shoe?

Why should a baby shoe remain unworn?

Why should someone buy a baby shoe, and try to sell it while it remains unworn?

The new shoes were meant to be worn. But that never happened, probably because the baby was never born, or she died. And now, their financial position requires them to sell it.

Courtesy: Sir jee.

Xérès said...

Hey anphy nice to see u blogging :) deepthi told us guess u owe her for publicising ur blog ;) hmm nanotales..u should try out 55 fiction in that case :)