Are learned men truly educated or do they always fall short of action in times of need?
There is a concept of performativity in Social Science, where a victim or an oppressed has to ‘perform’ her oppression every time for her to assert her rights. A very simple example would be how a tribal has to prove her backwardness to the authorities to claim their entitled rights. In terms of literature, a women writer has to perform her feminism every time she writes, for there are questions too often which asks her about the ‘women’s perspective’ in her writing.
The unconventional bonds that the characters share with each other. While it’s hard to believe such irrational intimacy can exist, the poignancy in Andrew’s narration convinces you otherwise. The biggest and best of all surprises for me was the narrator.
I wondered about the possibility of the cub developing a taste, a fondness for the struggle itself
Although a good part of the story happens inside the office premises, the events that happen beyond the office are the truly romantic ones.
It is one thing to listen to the twisted tales that media throws at you and another to listen to the recollections of a gentleman who had witnessed firsthand the birth and growth of these stars.
As much as the book is a philosophical delight, Kundera’s political dissent which is more than evident is quite an exciting backdrop to the events that unfold in the book. The metaphorical likening of the Communists to Oedipus is one of the best I have read so far.
Giles claims to have written a storybook and not a textbook,
One of the benefits of being an Indian middle class child is that you learn much earlier in life that you need to save money, irrespective of whether you like it or not. Most children from these households might have grown up listening to how their parents had to shed blood to ensure financial security for the family. While one must be grateful for all that they have been provided with, one cannot deny the fact that the circumstances of an Indian household doesn’t really approve of or prepare you to take any sort of risks to improve your finances. There weren’t even many takers for entrepreneurship as compared to a paid job, until recently. So, investment for an Indian household would mean a savings account, a fixed deposit, a recurring deposit, or a real estate investment. Given our conditioning, it was blasphemous to even consider stocks as an investment option and some of us dread even more after having tried our hands at stocks and burnt them once.
We always have tried to treat our physical pains without bothering to address its connection to psychological suffering. From quitting WhatsApp groups to suicidal instincts, you will relate to a lot of seemingly trivial things which are symptoms of chronic suffering. The book advocates ‘consciousness’ as a technique and inculcating the habit of ‘being present’ to dissolve the emotional blocks within you.