Monday, December 05, 2005

Barkis is Willing...

Barkis is willing! And Miss Peggotty's family who lived in a Boat. One of my earliest memories, as early as I remember the ghost who Walk. I have read David Copperfield many times, different versions. Just as Charles Dickens, David was my favorite child too. Around the time when I used to dream of being Dante and Monte Cristo. I don't know if I remember the spelling right. Let me see who or what else I remember; John Silver, The drunk captain of treasure island, what was his name. He used to sing 'yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.' And of course Oliver Twist. But David Copperfield remain my favorite child. Oh! how I hated Aunt Trotwood, though always loved her later. And, that sinister Mr. Uriah Heep. He forged the signatures of Mr Wickfield, didn't he? Maggie Smith as Betsey Trotwood was both hated and loved.

David Copperfield sometimes used to give me nightmares. What if I were suddenly orphaned? I used to think up how I would survive with my brother, funny, I have never told this to anyone in my life. My Childhood secrets, something ominous that I never felt it right even think about it. Remembered it as I watch David Copperfield, I felt like writing it today, and open up to the world, those childhood fears. I was always afraid of such a possibility and spent many afternoons thinking how I would bring up my kid brother who always fought with me though. I was maybe 10 or younger; ten because I remember it was before I had left for boarding school.

I wanted to watch some good international movies, and since we didn't have a Netflix, I thought the best place to start would be the British council library. I had my company's corporate membership card, but learnt they don't issue DVD on corporate membership, so without checking out the collection of DVDs that they had, I enrolled for one in haste, and made myself 1800 bucks poorer. Well, I couldn't find any Akiro Kurosawa or Polanski, I should have known better. He was no British. So, I rented David Copperfield(TV) and Jabberwocky( because I thought Jabberwock must have chosen the namesake after this movie, which also I learnt wasn't to be).

But ah! David Copperfield opened many a floodgate of memories. I was watching the movie just as a movie, feeling sad for David, wanting to crush the head of Mr Murdstone againts the head of miss Murdstones, feeling helpless and frustrated at watching Mrs David Copperfield being manipulated by the Murdstones than the magic words "Barkis is Willing" open a sudden floodgate of memories. This was something I always remembered. I don't now why? When Barkis, the coach driver, asked David if he could convey the message that Barkis is willing to Peggotty, I remembered my childhood. And of course the movie did justice to my memories and Daniel Radcliffe was so adorable as kid David. Better than Harry Potter.

But I still feel pissed at the fact that I didn't check thier DVD collection before fishing out my CC even though I carried the corporate membership card. And, I really wanted to watch Mifune's walk. Where do I get them other than at

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Blogger Rita said...

Hey, I have childhood memories of David Copperfield too! :) My dad used to get me these abridged children's classics that I loved. Remember those small books with illustrations on one page and the text on the next? That was my first experience of the novel. After that of course, I went on to read several versions of it, including the original. :D

6/12/05 11:55 AM  
Blogger The Comic Project said...

BCL .. wow..had forgotten they exist :-) Spent many saturdays in the reference section back in the early 90s. Xeroxing inside BCL was very expensive so I tried to read up or write down all I could. Lunch was usually a samosa paav at the roadside stalls. No memories of David Copperfield, but many fond ones of BCL.

6/12/05 6:02 PM  
Blogger Navjot Kashyap said...

Man! you write a lot of posts.. How do you manage that? :-)

6/12/05 6:08 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Rita, Same here. have real many versions. Lovely story. Have impressed and influenced me enough that I am planning to do a series of childhood post.

@ TCP-- And i have always wondered how they allowed xerox inside. Aren't books suppose to be copyrighted?

@ navjyot: call it addiction lol. I have so many things to that i want to write.. i only need some more time hahaha.. I have even written posts early on the morning with my morning tea..

7/12/05 9:50 AM  
Blogger Soumyadip said...

Hey, I have only fading memories of all this. Thank you for reminding me. Need to rummage my bookshelf and re-read all the stuff (But don't know when).

7/12/05 2:27 PM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

have to pass.. not read..not seen ..

7/12/05 4:42 PM  
Blogger dwaipayan said...

my condition is same as soumyadip. i can remember that i've read the book in past. and i didnt like it very much. it was to grim

7/12/05 9:43 PM  
Blogger Delhi's Deviant said...

what company do you work for??that actually has a movie library?did you like "Jabberwocky"??you should try Monty Python and The Holy Grail..funny as hell pic.

9/12/05 1:27 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Soumyadip and dwaipayan-- Oh yeah, even i had only fading memory until barkis blurted out," bArkis is willing.

@ manuscrypt: thx for dropping by' long time no see lol..

@ Delhi's library: Unfortunately my company doesn't have a movie library. i was referring to British coun lib.. on hindsight, i might have to ask i we do have a movie library... there is a music library though lol.

9/12/05 9:27 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

opps: delhi's deviant..sorry

9/12/05 9:28 AM  
Blogger San said...

quick trip down memory lane :)

9/12/05 2:13 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Try reading Great Expectations. Its a favourite. I was fixated with the character of Estella, honestly, I always wanted to be like her. Its quite another story how things have shaped up!!!
shivangi | 12.07.05 - 7:58 am | #


first time here...have read alot of Dicken's work....Oliver twist..david copperfield...Mr. Pickwick...but Great Expectations has been moi fav
Mehak | 12.07.05 - 8:49 am | #


i watched GrEAT Expectations - the one with ethan hawke and gwyneth paltrow. what i remmeber of the book - the house i imagined when i was reading it in school. the house of the old lady - damn, i have forgotten the name - whose wedding got cancelled and she still had the cake etc etc. i thought it was pretty romantic at my tender age of 13.
bem | Homepage | 12.08.05 - 1:16 am | #


lak-a-kanda hairakke. jan first week ta yourakkani. chaak chaase yai-ye. ado eidi nga chaade. ngari chade. oh, aduga, eigi amado meitei natte ;p mayangne. hangdi hangge.
bem | Homepage | 12.08.05 - 10:47 am | #


@ Shivangi- Somehow I can't remember the story of GE, but i have read it... And BTW take my dose of positivity.. One can always be what he/she wants and it is never too late to become what you want, unless u decide, "I want to be estella at 24 when I am 24." You can be Estella all over.
tony | Homepage | 12.08.05 - 12:20 pm | #


hey mehak.. This is tony, used to blog at rediffblogs... have seen ur commenst on my old blog as long as 1 yr or more.. check

anyway, thx for dropping by
tony | Homepage | 12.08.05 - 12:22 pm | #


@ Bem, answered on ur blog..
u didn't answr my query about python
tony | Homepage | 12.08.05 - 12:23 pm | #

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