These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Discovery of the High Lama

The Discovery of the High Lama (2009) by Sushma Joshi (ebook on Short Stories)
The spin of apparent circumstance settles into a life purpose for one and a humbling experience for another.

Dead Rose Tigerbalm in the Insight Bar

So far from the studies of Boston

Strumming lop-sided chords on the guitar

A Kathmandu backwater 

So far from marketed fortunes

A potato stuffed mentality
Ripe for
Chopping boards

And remote

Bigyan thought he was on a quest for
Black belt success

But the Enlightened One decided


The Discovery of the High LamaThe Discovery of the High Lama by Sushma Joshi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elusive be "the simple science of inner knowledge" for those burdened with bookish academics; for those who have concocted their own template of superiority. While his "friends" travel to Boston or Australia to seek mercenary, intellectual status, Bigyan, with his black belt in kyo-kushin karate, travels from Kathmandu to Mongolia to compete. He wins a silver medal and stumbles into the delighted welcome of monks. A bizarre, but fascinating sequence of circumstantial scenarios give birth to a multi-faceted awakening.

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J Cosmo Newbery said...

Other wise indeed. I always have a soft spot for Kathmandu!

Mary said...

You definitely have a talent for poetic summations! Enjoyed this.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is such a wonderful tale. I have a friend who recently visited Mongolia, said it was stepping back in time and that the people are the most beautiful in the world.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

A potato stuffed mentality
ripe for chopping boards

Great imagery throughout---lovely

Cressida de Nova said...

I like the potato stuffed mentality image (chuckles)
I think I might have one of those(dauphinoise variety of course:)

Kerry O'Connor said...

My grandfather used to swear by tigerbalm, but I haven't seen it in years. This sounds like an interesting exploration of a fascinating culture.

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