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I still love Shantaram

26 Mar
Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, India

Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, India

“It’s a characteristic of human nature that the best qualities, called up quickly in a crisis, are very often the hardest to find in a prosperous calm.”

-Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

Recommended Read!

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there are no yesterdays on the road

19 Mar
train to udaipur

train to Udaipur, kindly ignore the hair

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

-William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America

Where I finally quote Shantaram

13 Feb
udaipur

making friends in Udaipur, India

“Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we’ve loved them, left them, or fought them.”

-Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram: A Novel

(Big Recommendation: Possibly the most engaging book I’ve ever read)

trust me

30 Jan
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Irene at the border ceremony (India/Pakistan)

“Trust me. Everything is going to be fine. You met me at a very strange time in my life.”

-Fight Club

the trouble with families

24 Nov
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NY

“This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.”

― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

a certain feeling of the universe

20 Oct

the market

“She’s kept her love for him as alive as the summer they first met. In order to do this, she’s turned life away. Sometimes she subsists for days on water and air. Being the only known complex life-form to do this, she should have a species named after her. Once Uncle Julian told me how the sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti said that sometimes just to paint a head you have to give up the whole figure. To paint a leaf, you have to sacrifice the whole landscape. It might seem like you’re limiting yourself at first, but after a while you realize that having a quarter-of-an-inch of something you have a better chance of holding on to a certain feeling of the universe than if you pretended to be doing the whole sky.

-Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

I love this book. Buy it here: The History of Love

Love and Airport Arrivals

18 Oct
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Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

“There is no one, however lonely or isolated, however pessimistic about the human race, however preoccupied with the payroll, who does not in the end expect that someone significant will come and say hello at arrivals. Even if our loved ones have assured us that they will be busy at work, even if they told us they hated us for going travelling in the first place, even if they left us last June or died twelve and a half years ago, it is impossible not to experience a shiver of a sense that they may have come along anyway, just to surprise us and makes us feel special.”

-Alain de Botton, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary

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