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Jan. 15th, 2008 | 10:51 am

i'm down to my last few hours in india. just before midnight tonight, my plane will lift off for newark, where i hope to reunite with some old friends during an eight hour layover.

when i left to come here, i thought my house was sold and that i would be leaving soon after my return for latin america, alone.

now, my sale fell through, the house is still on the market, and, although i still know i must take that journey in some form or other, and that i hope to live outside the US, i am also hopeful that it won't be a solitary journey, whatever form it finally takes.

when i arrived, i didn't like the place at all, even though it was fascinating at times. i have since dropped most of my judgements, found things and places to love in india, and gained a small understanding of, and considerable respect for the people, although there are still things which make no sense and frustrate my western sensibilities.

if you can handle a 1000 page book, read Shantaram. now.

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from: ravengirl
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
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I saw a guy reading Shantaram on the bus a long time ago! It was huge and drew my attention.

I just heard the other day in a "study" of "happiness", that Calcutta was way UP there on the list. That's fascinating.

welcome home...almost.
*love*

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from: serendipity
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
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I can't even handle a 300-page book, but maybe someday???

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from: i
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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make sure you have time. you won't want to put it down.

a librarian who can't handle a 300 page book???

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from: serendipity
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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a librarian who can't handle a 300 page book??? ha! yeah, that would be moi! Every now and then, though, I do manage it.

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Away Above the Chimney Tops

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from: boobirdsfly
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
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it took me three months in India before I went from hating it every day and wondering why i was there to falling in love with it and having it transform my life.
i know you asked me before how it did that. it did it by being India.
it is so real and everything you say about it, the opposite is also true. i loved reading about your travels. i've been reading eat, pray, love and joinesing ( sp? ) to go back now.
also i tought myself yoga on the rooftops near rishikesh there. a fond memory with the company of the monkeys. India is the place where i really came in touch with my spirituality and what that meant for me to be spiritual. Just such religious acceptance there ( especially the hindu parts).
Did you go to auroville ? I have to go back and meditate again inside the Matrimandir.

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from: i
date: Jan. 15th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
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i didn't go there.

there are so many places i didn't go...

my spirituality is or isn't what it always has or hasn't been, but my spirit seems calmer.

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from: boobirdsfly
date: Jan. 16th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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i was a lot younger than you are now when i first went.
i was 24 and had barely touched my spirituality at all.

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