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An experience of not knowing

‘Incredible’ is the most common term used to describe India. From a western point of view, this is easy to get: when a foreigner experiences being in the middle of a colourful chaos of buses, cars, rickshaws, motorcycles, bicycles, people, cows, dogs, rats, sometimes elephants, or when he can gaze at pictures of beauty and dirt, wealth and poverty, tradition and modernity, he definitely considers India as a tremendous masala. Indians themselves perfectly know this “incredible-ness” and often joke about it, laughing at the daily life everyone can witness with its contradictions and its disorders. I’d like to suggest that this is precisely why this country may be the best place to un-learn: roughly said, if one wants to survive here, they have to let go of all their expectations, all their patterns of thinking, living, reacting. …

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Bread vs poetry.

French poet Charles Baudelaire who is my direct inspiration for this article wrote in 1846:

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days, but not without poetry.” (in Critique littéraire).

The first time I’ve read this sentence, I couldn’t get its meaning.

Basically, it could appear only as a provocation and a way to challenge the temptation of comfort and materialism which were arising when Baudelaire wrote this aphorism. It was obviously a way for him to warn young people against middle-class values. …


Stephanie Orace

Exploring the wonders of the inner and the outer world. Founder @Shanqa -

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