Hey there, , lately I've been thinking how wondrous it is that we exist at all 🤯
Or do we?
I read A Prayer by Toyohiko Kagawa and it reminded me of why I exist and how should I continue:
It's the kind of poem that stays with you. The last line, "may I never find myself yawning at life," is everything.
You guys, I joined a book club that is hosted by John Green! The discord discussions there are OH-MY-GOD-WHAT-HOW-AMAZING-I-DID-NOT-EVEN-SEE-IT-THAT-WAY wonderful. Life's Library is amazing.
The first book I read upon joining was How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. It was so different that I couldn't stop reading it but I didn't want to finish it so I read it at the YouTube equivalent of 0.5X speed. I read a chapter, discussed it with my book club members, got awed at how Western eyes viewed the book vs how I viewed the book, got perplexed at so many wondrous discussions there, moved on to the next chapter and repeat.
It was enthralling.
The story is set in an unknown city in Pakistan. Our narrator moves from his village to a city. You and I see his story unfold from a poor city boy to the owner of a major urban water company.
Each chapter is a somewhat hilarious, somewhat ironic, and somewhat hilarious instruction on the classic “how-to” of getting rich in a transitional society. Some instructions of these chapters are followed by our narrator (eg- Learn from a master) and some he doesn’t (eg – Don’t fall in love).
While the entire story is played out from the narrator’s point of view, there are also secondary characters in the book. We meet the narrator’s mother, his father, his sister, his brother, his wife, his son, and the “pretty girl” that he falls in love with. All characters fit beautifully into the story, despite having a lack of depth.
There's a particular writing style employed that is so creatively unique I couldn't stop thinking (or talking about it). See what it was:
WWW Of The Week
Talking about existing and wondering why you and I exist and why you and I should do this thing called "work" and why you and I should not eat pizzas for dinner everyday, I wrote a pretty heartfelt-existential-angst essay. Read it and be angsty with me.
The times around you maybe difficult (they certainly are for me). Gratitude helps. I found this School of Life gratitude list and couldn't stop smiling. Here are some of my favorite ones:
Did you know trees talk? They have a secret language. If you love nature as much as I do, check how (it's pleasantly surprising):
I've been listening to my friend Prakhar Kaushik's new song, Aakhri Mauka, on repeat. I know many of you aren't from India, but just the music is enough to calm your nerves and give a soothing effect. Try it!
Question For The Week
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Until the next why-do-we-exist-or-do-we Thursday,
Thankyou for reading. Thankyou for being a part of this community. It means so much, truly.