The book Shantaram was a seriously nice read, really long though, actually I still have around 200 pages to go. He sure knows how to write in a nice, drawling, philosophical kinda way. But the words he uses!!! I was reading more of the dictionary than the book (helped me with my GRE preps though). Anyways there were a few things about the book that struck me, stuff that we all seem to know, but never able to put in words. Here are a few.
- The contours of all our virtues are shaped by adversity.
- We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.
- Happiness would have been no more than just another facet of our lives had it not been for suffering. One craves for happiness not just because of the joy it can bring, but because it is special. Suffering makes happiness special. If suffering was as good as history and happiness common place, then no one would even give happiness a second thought.
There were actually quite a lot more. Nothing striking me as of now. It's been almost 2 months since i have been stagnant on page 700. I'll have to start reading it again to remember all of his nice quotes. Till then, see you!!!