Quote #95

You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

George Bernard Shaw. O’Flaherty, v.c. 1915

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Lord of the Mountains

Back and front views of the 12 ft tall Shiva idol near Baba Mandir in Sikkim. The whiteness of the material, exactly fibre glass, stands out against the dark mountainous shadows. The height at which is placed, exactly 30,000 ft above sea level, adds to the majesty and beauty of the idol. I was drawn towards it despite board warnings that the path was unsafe. Most of the people visiting the Baba Harbhajan shrine (dedicated to a martyred soldier) were similarly mesmerized by the sight of the white shiva figure couched in the lap of the mountain adjoining the Namnang Chho waterfall.

Who, Me??: Thoughts on Inspirational Quotes

Recently I came across this quote:

The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment you absolutely and utterly have to walk away.
– Alyssia Harris

It set me thinking. This mantra sounds so simple. Deciding on the value of relationships is suddenly very easy and formulaic. But then, Why should anybody accept you as you are? Why?? Are you perfect? What does it mean to accept people as they are, see the real him/her?

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On *The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time* 

the curious incident of the dog in the night-timeA book I had read in a trance non-stop in my university library, a couple of years ago which I reread recently. It’s a great feeling to read a book with a protagonist that you can really relate with.  Christopher Boone is in that regard the closest I have come to relating to any fictional character (more than antiheroes like Kingsley Amis’s Jim, Holden Caulfield, the young Tom Riddle, to stretch a point). He’s almost like my pal, the pal I’d like to keep at a distance because neither of us likes overfamiliarity.  It feels refreshing to read the world so logically and neatly, to know some people do think this way and that most people are indeed muddled and berserk when they grow up. Continue reading