Story of a lost journalist

February 27, 2010

Partner in depression

Filed under: Books — Cris @ 00:28

I was never that fond of Sidney Sheldon. I had read 4 or 5 books and decided he was not my type. But now I have decided I really like this guy. I have just read his autobiography ‘The Other Side Of Me’. And I am an instant convert. He is my type. Definitely so.

When his Dad told him at 17 “Life is like a novel. You have no idea what is going to happen until you turn the page” he had no idea Sidney’s life was one of the best novels you could read. He wrote this book at 88 and I don’t think there has been a single day in his life that was not worth talking about. Things were always happening. There is not a single page in this book you get bored about. He must have had a hard time fitting it all in here.

The best thing I like is, he started writing novels after 60. Woah that is definitely an inspiration. I was worried that I was getting too old to start.

But that is trivial. Other things – I cant really explain the book. I will end up using too many adjectives. From the really tough, no-penny days to where he is now (I cant believe he is not there anymore) – Sidney’s journey is more touching than amazing. The ups and downs keep coming. He calls it the elevator – up at times, down a lot more.

The back problem, the manic depression (hmm I claim I have it too) it is all just – it just makes me feel this was a guy I really knew. In fact now I can only picture him as the young fellow who went to New York to try his luck in song writing and then to Hollywood, struggling to make ends meet. I love him.

I didn’t feel sad when I read about his death. But now, two years later, I mourn. I wish I read this when he was alive. Although what I could have done about it, I don’t know. Maybe write to him? I don’t mind it that celebrities may often be too busy to actually read their fan mail. I have the satisfaction of writing to them. That is good enough for me. But now I am left with no address, email or postal, to write to. Hoping these words would travel back in time and be taken to his ears: Sidney, we’ve got to meet some day. After all we are both suffering from manic depression (one of us a self-proclaimed case). And we both got a writing problem and we both are starting penniless (in my case though this status may last longer). Too many connections if you ask me Sidney. Don’t you think it is vital that we meet?

(On Feb 26, 2010, my blog turned 4 years old. Time doth fly!)



  1. happy bday blog 🙂

    Comment by justajester — February 27, 2010 @ 22:52 | Reply

    • @justajester: Rank ya Qwerty :-). If it werent for you, this blog may never have materialised 🙂

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:12 | Reply

  2. ola ola! 4 years! happy blogday!

    Comment by don — February 27, 2010 @ 23:32 | Reply

    • @Don: Rank ya! Sigh poor blog is growing old just like me!

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:12 | Reply

  3. Cris,
    he is definitely your type!
    your calender age is just a mere number, which does not prevent you from achieving anything!
    I for one, was a great fan of Sheldon’s earlier works. if my memory is not swaggering, the first book of his I read was Blood Line. Rage of angels remains my fav. I wanted to name my son Joshua.. but his mom objected, given the tragic predicament that befell the boy n his mom! Master of the game is simply mind boggling!
    Girl, its never too late for you to start serious fiction!
    you have it in you to be reckoned with the likes of Sheldon know!
    keep it right here!….. At writing I mean…

    Comment by muralee maadhav — March 13, 2010 @ 13:50 | Reply

    • @muralee: thank you :-). I have actually never enjoyed Sheldon’s fiction all that much – but I havent read his best works like Master of the game. But his autobiography simply tops them all.

      Comment by Cris — March 21, 2010 @ 19:04 | Reply

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