Thought Capsule-3

Elizabeth Gilbert

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

I love this idea of a soulmate. Truly!

I think I read this in a horoscope website, that my soulmate or life partner will turn my whole belief system upside down- he would make me question my own beliefs, thoughts, views, prejudices and put me through huge discomfort- but eventually, I’d grow to understand him and adopt the newer self. Now, thinking about it, as much as I despise any discomfort, I know that only through that can I discover my real self- the self that hides somewhere unnoticed. I wonder, keep the awe and just wonder, how life would be, then.

I still haven't been able to finish listening to the audiobook of 'Eat Pray Love'. I'm loving it. I'm just reveling in the food for thought Elizabeth gives in the book. I don't want it to finish anytime soon. Already a fan of her words, I'd go back to every favorite chapter and listen to it again. Book review coming up soon.... :)


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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