I am currently reading a book called Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie.

It has a line – ‘Some things you promise yourself you won’t get used to, and then you do.’

There was a piece of work I could never read without it penetrating deep into me, momentarily blinding me to the presence of anyone else but the author.

There was another piece of work which I couldn’t read even once without getting terribly aroused and turned on in whatever situation or place I found myself in.

Today I could read the latter without getting aroused. The seemingly impossible has become possible, even if just once.

Would that happen with people also? Could it? Does it?

Shamsie calls it the shameful resilience of the human heart.

I love that phrase.

The shameful resilience of the human heart.

She also has another phrase which I quite like – Love has taught me to be kind, but not gentle.

Kindness isn’t always gentle.

Sometimes it’s terribly unpleasant. The memory of the kindness brands itself on your chest like a hot iron, a mark which refuses to fade with time.

I like her book. I am not done with it but I’ve decided to like it.

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