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balance (2): musing again

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

musing again

i am re-reading the book 'shantaram', partly because it was good and partly because it was one of those 1000-pagers that should last me through my holiday next week. it is the story of gregory david roberts, who had an amazing life. i am only a couple of chapters into it thus far, and already there are dozens of quotes that hit a chord with me. here are a couple-

(on the underbelly of bombay) "usually i am never taking the tourists to these places. they are not liking it, and i am not liking their not liking. or maybe sometimes they are liking it too much, in these places, and i am liking that even less, isn't it? you must have it a good heads, to like these things, and you must be having a good hearts, to not like them too much". -prabaker

(on a prostitute who gave up a priveleged life to chase a junkie) "she loved that guy. she did it for him. she would have done anything for him. some women are like that. some loves are like that. most loves are like that, from what i can see. your heart starts to feel like an over-crowded lifeboat. you throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self respect and your independence. after awhile you start throwing people out- your friends, everyone you used to know. and it's still not enough. the lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it's going to take you down with it. i've seen that happen to a lot of girls here. i think that's why i am sick of love."
- karla

... also read a very interesting report that our consciousness is ten seconds behind the present, and another fascinating article about japanese researchers who have been able to project thoughts into tangible images. maybe some day i can just project my book onto a screen rather than having to actually write it! ;)

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