I think our fault lies in romanticizing the struggles of others.
Even here, The Tattooist of Aushwitz, it is a real story of a Jew who survived the worst concentration camp, but very few of us read it to understand the deep psychological and physical crisis these people went through.
When we read books on Kashmir, Palestine, Concentration camps, Middle East, Apartheid, Indigenous Americans, and every other displaced community in the world history, do we ever try and understand the pain and purpose of their suffering?
Or is it just a money minting process for the publishers and mystic romanticism for the readers?
The Scatter Here Is Too Great is a group of linked short stories weaving through the lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a bomb blast at the Karachi train station: an old communist, his wealthy son, a young man caught in an unsatisfactory job, a grief-stricken writer.
The lonliness, longing of the characters is well explored, along with the diaspora of urban living in a city brimming with manic energy.
Interesting facet: We meet characters, they fade out, and reappear as secondary characters in other stories, come back as protagonists in later ones only to fade away again.
The only problem is that the tales become disorienting at times, prompting a re read to understand the narrative. (⭐⭐⭐/5)
"Ever see a bullet smashes windscreen? The hole at the center throws a sharp clean web around itself and becomes crowded with tiny crystals. That’s the metaphor for my world, this city: broken, beautiful, and born of tremendous violence."
Yesterday I had a nasty argument with my parents, and it felt like time had reverted 4 years back, and I was in a vintage situation.
But then I was so glad, that my most recurring thoughts were how to make up with them.
And not, where my next meal will come from, or where I would sleep, or if I'd be alone the next morning.
Do you know how fortunate that is?
I wish you a mundane life.
Argument with parents.
Hatred of the family next door.
Lonliness in a bookstore.
Walking home, sun at their backs.
Present Life Companion( Read Current read 😜) : How Not to Die Alone, by Richard Roper.
Andrew, a lonely man learns to step outside the confines of his safe but stifling comfort zone.
He has a depressing job which involves inspecting apartments of recently deceased inorder to find their next of kin. His only friends are an online forum. He lives alone, but a mistake at work causes him to invent a family where he has a wife and two kids. Enters Peggy and he gradually finds himself connecting to another human being after really long. The problem, of course, is that she thinks he’s a married father.