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musings of a wanderer

Prochnost: a tribute

“.. during all the years until 1961, not only was I convinced I should never see a single line of mine in print in my lifetime, but, also, I scarcely dared allow any of my close acquaintances to read anything I had written because I feared this would become known.” – Solzhenitsyn Continue reading “Prochnost: a tribute”

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.”  Continue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

Anna Karenina

“I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” Continue reading “Anna Karenina”

Reflections

I visited Varanasi last year and clicked this picture during my boat ride across the river Ganges. There was something about these shivering reflections that stayed with me all this time and today, when I began to write my first Haiku, this image was all I could think of. Continue reading “Reflections”

Wuthering Heights

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

“This is when I understood that we can do without almost anything – our home, even our country. But we will never do without other people, and we will never do without family.”

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

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Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

“While a home provides shelter and a place to gather, it is also the safe place where we can express our feelings and enjoy some of the most important and meaningful events in our lives.”

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Dead Woman Walking

“Oh my God, we’re not going to burn, are we?”

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