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Readalog #17 | Where Life Changes A Little

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Readalog by Neha

February 2 · Issue #17 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.


“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” - C.S. Lewis
Normally, this is how life works. It keeps on moving. But there are truly life-changing moments and incidents, which you can identify while they are happening. You live through that moment, recognising it as being one of those which will be filed in where-your-life-changed-a-little section in the roster of life.
Reading Paul Kalanithi’s hauntingly beautiful memoir When Breath Becomes Air was one of those incidents for me. One that clearly divided my life into two parts: Before Paul, and After Paul. (Yes, I am aware of how dramatic it sounds. But that’s just how it is. Truly.) Though calling it book of the week is an understatement, I’ll roll with it. (It might be the most impactful book I’ve read, ever. Jury is still out on this one.)
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Book of the Week
When Breath Becomes Air. Paul Kalanithi.
When Breath Becomes Air. Paul Kalanithi.
Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.
In Three Words: Excruciating. Intense. Sincere.
Why Should You Read It: To find your own meaning in life. If you are curious about your own mortality—the purpose and meaning of life and death, if you’ve ever wondered what are you doing here, it could be one of the most definitive books you ever read. You will love the simplicity and honesty of the prose, coming from an intelligent, well-read, articulate and deeply insightful neurosurgeon. It’s going to be a teary ride, one that your future self will thank you for having undertaken. Godspeed!
Beyond the Book: The very premise of this book is humbling—Paul passed away while writing this book. The epilogue is penned by Lucy, his wife. The book was published posthumously.
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
induratize
v. to make one’s own heart hardened or
resistant to someone’s pleas or advances,
or the idea of love.
#FF
@AListRap. Ashwini is the fearless sceptic I want to be when I grow up. Nothing can stop him, except maybe the strength training he partakes in, or the video games. Oh, when he is in the mood, he writes too—both, in verse and in prose. His presence on the timeline is not for the weak-hearted. If your privilege makes you prickly, you better stay away from him.
#OnLoop
Affection by Cigarettes After Sex. If my inner monologue could have a background score, it would be this song. The sensuous vocals and the enchanting melody makes for a perfect combination, to be played on loop on days you want to shun the world. (Oh, I hadn’t even paid attention to the scandalous name till that one day when a friend gasped and chuckled suggestively, on seeing it on the browser while using my laptop.)
As ever,
With warmth and gratitude
Neha
P.S.: Bringing Letters Back
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