Monday, March 19, 2012

To stop time

My Life’s Sentences
Jhumpa Lahiri

"In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were not necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do."

(You still do. You type them down. You store them on this blog. Which is all that remains.)

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1 comment:

Priya said...

Thanks for sharing this Asha! Though I dont underline, I can perfectly relate.. and think back to the times when I look up from my book and wonder!! and reflect..

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