The Elopement :: A Memoirby Dipika Kohli
But finding herself in
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When American-born Karin Malhotra* elopes to Ireland with her college sweetheart, she botches the dreams her parents had for her when they left New Delhi with a stalwart philosophy on what a good life “ought” to be. “Opportunity,” her father said, “is in the U.S. That’s why we came.”
But finding herself in Ireland, juxtaposed in not one, but two additional cultures (her new husband is Japanese), Karin finds herself thinking about the early years of her own parents’ married lives, and wondering if, like her, they questioned their decision to leave everything familiar for the mere promise of a better life.
She tumbles headlong without any preparation into a small village in the corner of Ireland. Not only does she have to contend with a new suite of social mores, she wonders what it would have been like had she not quit home.
*Names have been changed, but the story is relayed as it happened.
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Physics always intrigued me. Philosophy, too.
I think about the way Max Planck and the early quantum physicists were called 'natural philosophers.' It's not unrelated, you know. The quest for query, exploration, and the human will to seek. For the heart to search for story in patches of random events.
My writing work began as a couple of journal articles, and then staff reporting for an Irish monthly and a Seattle daily. But my favorite kind of writing asks big questions.
Life, love, loss and chance. Those are my big themes. Welcome to my Nook.
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