I remember watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time. I was in Delhi. The mercury were escaping out the thermometers and I was having an usual college-broke end of month. A friend was in town and I promised to show her around. I was usually a good host. I knew what most of my friends expected from a days’ trip to the city. A hipster tour of Hauz Khas village, Wanne-be tour to University Campus, a good meal in a fancy restaurant, good round of drinks during happy hours of generously priced pub and occasional monumental sight-seeing. I was game for everything. Many a times, I had also offered a detailed trip of Old Delhi but everyone seemed to have refused it. So this time, I couldn’t afford a fancy meals and drinks.Thereby I planned the day accordingly. In the morning, we went for the free screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the American Center followed by visit to Bangla Sahib and Humayun’s tomb where I finally got an opportunity to show-off my knowledge of Mughal history and my love for their architecture (however, still Old Delhi is where i can flaunt it the most, and also the food) But the thing that stuck me most that day was The Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Like millions before me, like 4 different generations had, I immediately fell for Audrey Hepburn and Holly, the character Audrey played in the movie. It was love at the first sight; the dialogues, the interactions, Holly’s version of everything, NYC of the era, their little social circles, her dreams, and Mister Cat. I promised to myself to watch the movie again, this time with headphones on and no subtitles. And it was a pleasure again.
Last month, after the good old gap of 4 years, I got an opportunity to re-live it again, but this time, in the form of book. It was like meeting your childhood crush after a long time, and you find out, you are still not over her. Reading this novella by Truman Capote, was reliving the movie. Well, no, actually it was even better (Isn’t it a cliche to say that the book was better?). In true words, it was very different from the movie. Its safe to say that the movie adopted the theme but developed its own plot, adopted the quotes but tweaked the scenes, took some characters and completely ignored others. I ended up reading it with a dairy, and noting the quotes from the book (see, i didn’t exaggerate the love at first sight part- oh my god, another cliche?). And there were some angles of her character that movie didn’t bother to take up (no details here, i am not going to spoil it for you). Capote’s writing is absolute winner. In less than 100 pages, he drew all the characters so well that you try to find them in the faces you see around, only to fail happily later. Holly. with her seductive fashion statement and witty one-liners can take you away, and that is what she does, she let you fall for her.And you become like everyone else in the story. I gave Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Trueman Capote 4/5 stars at goodreads.