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Self-discovery (A Personal Response to Jhumpa Lahiri's the Namesake)

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There is a conversation between Ashoke and Ghosh that took place on a train. It was a few hours before the accident that ended Ghosh’s life and made Ashoke had to lay in bed for almost a year for recovery. In the conversation, Ghosh told the twenty-year-old Ashoke: “You are still free.” He said, spreading his hands apart for emphasis.“Do yourself a favor. Before it is too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.” (Page 16) Ashoke used to believe that he could see the world only by reading books as what his grandfather told him. He believed that books were the simplest way to travel all around the world without moving even an inch. However on that day, for the first time in his life, he was told to pack his clothes (and books) to see the real world. Ghosh literally told him to experience living in a country that has a different culture, meet stran…

Daffodil

"Secantik apapun bunga, bila tidak disiram air untuk waktu yang lama pasti akan mati."

"Seperti bunga Daffodil itu?" Adam menunjuk pot bunga Daffodil yang kuletakkan di atas meja makan. Ia lalu menoleh ke arahku dan tersenyum.

Aku masih memandang keluar jendela, menatap pemandangan kota yang selalu terlihat indah di malam hari. "Aku menanam bibitnya musim gugur yang lalu. Kusiram secara teratur, kuberi pupuk sesekali. Kurawat hingga bunga-bunganya mekar di akhir musim dingin. Cantik sekali warna bunga-bunga itu saat bermekaran -- kuning cerah seperti matahari. Setiap kali aku melihat bunga-bunga Daffodil itu rasanya seperti mereka juga berbunga di dalam hatiku."

"Lalu bagaimana Daffodil itu bisa mati?" Adam menyernyitkan dahinya.

Aku tidak menjawabnya kali ini. Kami terpaku dalam diam untuk beberapa menit. Entah apa yang sedang dipikirkan Adam saat ini, aku tidak akan menanyakannya -- karena aku tidak senang bertanya.

"Pergi kemana k…