Last week, I finished Kitchen and Moonlight Shadow by Banana Yoshimoto. The review will be out on September 2 on @fuzzabledotcom.
But I wanted to share these books as a recommendation for your summer read. Light-hearted yet deep, both Kitchen and Moonlight Shadow talk about the incessant presence of loss around us. As much as we want to escape the conversation around death and the despair that follows, it's an inevitable part of our lives. The beauty of Yoshimoto's works lies in her sensibility for things. While most of the writers use objects as motifs, Yoshimoto brings life to them, providing them with a voice of their own.
My favourite quote: "I realized that the world did not exist for my benefit. It followed that the ratio of pleasant and unpleasant things around me would not change. It wasn't up to me. It was clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness." I have finally started reading and drawing actively again and I feel myself in a good mental space too. Now, all I need to do is build upon it. In the image share, the image on the left is my artwork inspired by the book. Have you read Kitchen or Moonlight Shadow? What did you think about them when you finished reading the texts?
I thought living in India would be hard, until I made Indian friends. Anyone who is lucky enough to have friends here will know they are some of the most loyal, call up at any time of day, trust with your first born child, type of people. I literally think of my friends and smile so much. Saying goodbye felt like I was leaving family. I love you all. Xxx
I’m starting to have to accept that my little baby is not so little anymore. She’s so headstrong, so determined, and such a go-getter (read: tantrums galore 😝). Thank you for teaching me patience. Thank you for teaching me that sometimes you just gotta fight for what you want. Thank you for loving me despised all my flaws. I will watch over you forever.
This is why I love travelling! Today I met Dianne and Roger who are locals in the town of Talkeetna. They spend their time offering support to people going through tough times- from ex military suffering from PTSD to people recently released from prison. They use bunnies as a form of rehabilitation to do this by allowing people free hugs. Listening to them speak of their own hardships made me teary (which isn’t hard to do!) because they proved to me that in a world full of evil, you can still be kind to others. Spread the love people ✌️