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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!


i think i remember that film

14 Feb

Tel Aviv, Israel

“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

-Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Where I finally quote Shantaram

13 Feb

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)

if i ever return

1 Feb

Temple on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong

“Your song was very beautiful, and your sadness does me honor. I’m going to start life in a new world. If I ever return, I’ll tell you what it’s like there.”

-Jean Genet, “Les Nègres” as mentioned here.

who they were back then

31 Jan

National Arboretum, Washington DC

“In most of the photos, Dad looks worried in his borrowed tuxedo, like there might be all sorts of trouble brewing right outside the frame. But there’s one of the two of them, on the stairs of the catering hall, he’s carrying her in his arms and they’re laughing, at the photographer, at themselves in their ridiculous gown and tux, at the idea that they can do this thing, start a family. A lump forms in my throat and lodges there. You can kind of see who they were back then, innocent and in love, long before kids and a mortgage and rottweilers and cancer and possible (probable) lesbianism.”

-Jonathan Trooper, This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

29 Jan

Koh Lanta, Thailand

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut’s Uncle Alex.

move the world

27 Jan
a friend

Elephant Nature Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand

“People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you can forget, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That’s what can move the world.”

-Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel

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