Not a Review, Just a View

Compulsions guide us, a few of them. A few emotional and a few that are physical. We then live with them, prosper there, realize the addiction, and yet continue to live the frustration of mere existence. Or we make a break. No break is really easy – what do we look for when making a break from something? Does something called a ‘clean break’ exist in this world?

What is that one thing closest to your heart that you will sacrifice for that one thing that is closest to your heart?

Doesn’t make sense?

Rosshalde, by Herman Hesse, translated by Ralph Manheim. I have the 1970 version (the cover that you see) of course, it has changed. Twenty-odd years ago my father bought it for Rs. 8.00. It was 40p in the UK then. That is today’s Rs. 32.00. Don’t expect to buy any book for Rs. 32.00 now.

That’s the essence of numbers; they strive to be bigger, and when they can’t fit in, they form ways to fit in themselves – K for a thousand and M for a million. We just get comfortable with these shortcuts, in life however, there aren’t any shortcuts.

You have to live your life fully. Take all that it has to offer. Be it consumerism, dynamism, or addictive deathly thoughts.

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8 thoughts on “Not a Review, Just a View

  1. “That’s the essence of numbers; they strive to be bigger, and when they can’t fit in, they form ways to fit in themselves – K for a thousand and M for a million. We just get comfortable with these shortcuts, in life however, there aren’t any shortcuts.”

    Very well said, Atul!

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  2. What if you choose to change nothing and accept everything? Isn’t choice a mere illusion? Perhaps an example of a human being’s self centeredness… hmm… interesting to say the least.

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  3. –arundhati: thanks!

    –TF: yes, the book is good. If you like the Hermann Hesse variety, this is a definite read, the post however is just my own meandering. The book is much better than the post and my rhetoric 🙂

    –parul: that makes us a hermit! but hey, that’s also a choice, isnt it? 🙂

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