Quotes from ‘Johnny Gone Down’ by Karan Bajaj

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These are a few excerpts from the book:

So now he is a legend, when he would have preferred to be a man

So now he is a legend, when he would have preferred to be a man

A single line on a page when you open the book. The one thing that got me excited about reading the book was this. I like how he makes it a humble brag.

If I had missed anything in the twenty years that I’d been gone, it was this uniquely Indian gift for immediate familiarity, the unabashed probing followed by a quick judgement on another’s choices. In another life, I’d have probably warmed up to the interrogation. Now every question unleashed an avalanche of memories – none of them pleasant.

He starts of well with an astute observation of an Indian-ism, but he just had to wrap it up with that emotional crap about memories, and this is just the 5th page!

In the world where I come from, there were no movies, no music, no life. Only time and darkness, boundless and pervasive, enough to last several lifetimes and then some more.

Page 5 again and yet another one of those dark and moody lines. Why did he even have to try so hard to get it across that Nick has a bad past? It is quite apparent even if he didn’t use such stupid exaggerations.

The origin of Dukha is attachment – craving and clinging to emotions and experiences whose fundamental nature is to change, to be in flux. This is the second noble truth. We crave a simpler past or a brighter future without realizing that the loss of that past is inevitable and that the self that is seeking the future is itself changing.

Flirting with Buddhism and detachment. The passage that follows this has him imagining that the guru who is speaking about this is actually addressing just him. This is basically his moment of truth and enlightenment and god, it is pathetically typical!

Peace was too lofty a goal, acceptance would do just fine.

I liked this one. Nick is finally growing up in this part of the book.

Casual Sex was wrong, but what if a culture treated it – as the easy-going Brazilians seemed to – purely as a physical ecstasy that came without emotional baggage? Wasn’t joy without accompanying sorrow the broader goal of spiritual life after all?

Nick is struggling with his conscience and trying to rationalize.

4 comments

  1. Oye, the one-line that you liked from the book (So now he’s a legend..) is not written by Karan Bajaj. It’s by Jacqueline kennedy Onassis. :(

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    1. Oh no. But I’ll just let it be.. Nobody will notice :P

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  2. “Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it – but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.”

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    1. Really good quote. Thanks!

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