Thank You, Gregory David Roberts.
After songs, a book that made a huge difference.This is the best book I have ever read.Yeah, probably “The Fountainhead” comes close but this is more practical and more ‘identifiable’ than the Ayn Rand classic.
Its called Shantaram.Its by a guy called Gregory David Roberts..The beautiful thing about the book is, its not just his story.Its the story of life.Of so many people.Of a city.And a city I love.Bombay.All the more a reason for my fascination with the book.Here are some quotes, very timeless ones, worthy if remembering till you breathe your last.Maybe beyond.
“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn't sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it's all you've got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life."
"So it begins, this story, like everything else - with a woman,a city, and a little bit of luck."
Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy new things.”
“It’s such a huge arrogance, to love someone, and there’s too much of it around. There’s to much love in the world. Sometimes I think thats what heaven is – a place where everybody’s happy because nobody loves anybody else, ever.”
“If fate does not make you laugh then you just don’t get the joke”
“The difference between news and gossip-News tells you what people did, gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it.”
“Fate always gives you two choices, the one you should take, and the one you do”
“The best revenge, like the best sex, is performed slowly and with eyes open.”
“At first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. What we should fear and dread is that we won’t stop loving them, even after they are dead and gone.”
“ I dont know what i fear more,the power that crushes us, or our never ending capacity to endure it.”
“THE ONLY THING BIGGER THAN THE BUSINESS OF BIG POLITICS IS THE POLITICS OF BIG BUSINESS.””
“Evil is the root of all money…all money in this world is dirty….because there’s no clean way to make it…”
“I smoked in those days, because like everyone else in the world who smokes, i wanted to die at least as much as i wanted to live””
“Every human heartbeat is a universe of possibilities”
“i take everything personally….thats what being a person is all about”
“people always hurt us with their trust….the surest way to hurt someone you like, is to put all your trust in him…”
“There are three things no Indian man can resist: a beautiful face, a beautiful song, and an invitation to dance. “:)
“People say that money is the root of all evil, but its not true. It’s the other way around. Money isn’t the root of all evil, evil is the root of all money. There’s no such thing as clean money. All the money in the world is dirty, in some way, because there is no clear way to make it. If you get paid in money, somebody, somewhere is suffering for it. “
“What the fuck ever happened to good,old,meaningless sex, without any strings attached?”
“Being listened to is the second best thing in life”
“Whats the best thing, then?”
“It isn’t a secret, unless keeping it hurts”
This man is amazing!!Thank You,Lin baba!