I have often expressed my regret that the portions of my Indian life which I get to tell over and over again are the ones which were the most painful to live. We all know this phenomenon: the worst moments make for the best memories.
Anne-Marie came up with the very simple answer I had been awaiting for ages: these difficult moments, these “adventures”, contain drama, and therefore they can be told. They make a good story. Happiness cannot be told. It is a state of being, not a series of events.
Do remember this when I write or talk about India: you are often hearing about the most negative things. I love being here, but there is no way I can really tell you this without boring you to death.
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- Did Tara Go to Katmandu? (2000)
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- Reboot9 — Alexander Kjerulf: Happiness (2007)
- Drive, Practical Wisdom, Money and Congress, Alone Together (2012)
- Hellenistic Philosophers (2002)
- Lift13, Resilience and Resistance: Venkatesh Rao (2013)
- A Week Without My Cat (2010)
- Bitter Chocolate (2001)