Thursday, October 9, 2008

“I’ve known people like them. They all have certain characteristics in common. They’re tough, because there’s a kind of toughness that’s found in the worst sorrow. They’re honest because the truth of what happened to them won’t let them lie. They’re angry, because they can’t forget the past or forgive it. And they’re lonely. Most of us pretend, with greater or lesser success, that the minute we live in is something we can share. But the past for every one of us is a desert island; and those like Khaled, who find themselves marooned there, are always alone.”
-Lin, Shataram

I like these lines. They make me smile, in respect, retrospect and nervousness. As they say, you only love in something or someone, the part which is you. Are you with me so far? Rephrasing, only that in you which is me, can hear what I’m saying. Probably the reason why the above bit has been ringing in my ears since last night.

P.S. Other than that, I’ve noticed that my capacity to swear at any random moment of my life (awake, semi awake and in almost sleeping states) has never been better. There is not a single context in the past one month or so which has been devoid of atleast a single F**k or Ch**t as my reaction. The latter is a lot more satiating phrase ofcourse. F**k is vague, there’s way too many intangible and softer uses for the word, in turn the real glory is lost in the chaos. Whereas, Ch**t is direct, in the face, no shitting and damn serious. I love that, and the sound of it.


AJ said...

u r right about the lines, even i cant stop myself from reading it again and again.

and i think swearing is part of being gone to college. mba for u .. right ?

Vinod Khare said...

Hmm, nice passage.

Ch**t? What gali is that? Are the number of stars correct? Lets play hangman here. :P

Instinctivecuriosity said...

@ AJ - Well, its not really a revelation now, I've had the foundation laid out quite early, but I guess I use it a lot more now. Maybe MBA, pisses you off a lot more!

@Vinod - Its Chuut. Its short for the regular thing. Maybe its a bombay thing, you guys dont use it that way?

Vitek said...

I like the way you start so very deep and meaningful-like.. and then finish off with some killer gaali's.. nice one..

I love the duality there.

Hussain Haidry said...

Shantaram is FULL of such passages and one-liners. One of those books I love with all my heart. Read on! :)

Sonia Gaud said...

hahahaha.....tu dekhke to itni sophisticated lagti hai ki shayad hindi bhi nahi aati hogi, but blog padho to aaaha! Hindi ki maa hai tu!

Instinctivecuriosity said...

Another that I read last night.

"You never know what people have inside them, until you take it all away. One hope at a time."

metalhed said...

careful there with the ch**s and others of the ilk. with some use they have a way of losing their effect and then one needs bigger and better words that hit progressively harder under the belt. finally, there's a point when one totally runs out of them. all the ch**s are as stale as the f**s you've been using forever. and yes, pls do share the story of when that word rolls off your tongue at the family dinner - everyone has their share of stories suchlike, you'd have yours soon:). have fun cursing!

Instinctivecuriosity said...

@ metalhed

Well, lets just say that its not my first mix up with them. And I really dont have to bother with spurting them at the dinner table. Been there, done that. My dad didnt even look twice, its too commonplace with them :)