Sunday, 7 June 2009

After reading the piece "A touching innocence"

http://www.hindu.com/mag/2009/06/07/stories/2009060750070200.

The article quickly brings to mind different aspects - Anne Frank, her diary, the cherry tree and the nazi regime.

Reading the article this Sunday morning was refreshing in many ways: One, it brought back memories of the book which one enjoyed as a young reader. Two, the writer had chosen lovely passages from the book to describe the young Anne's sensibilties.
Even though, I had read the book in my early 20s, it struck a chord with me. The deep human insights of the young Anne were way beyond her age and conditions. The dark and claustrophobic warehouse is definely not a place from where one can imagine thoughts as that of Anne's could flow. Her observation of the human predicament, her sensitivity and the developing of her personality is unravelled in the book.

The writer, Indu Balachandran has indeed chosen renditions from the book that can bring about the personality of the author, Anne. Sample this:

"It is the silence that frightens me . . . and I am scared to death we shall be discovered. We have to whisper and tread lightly, otherwise the people in the warehouse might hear us." 11th July, 1944

"I've learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!" September 28, 1942

"Dear Kitty, I don't want to live in vain. I want to be useful to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death . . . Yours, Anne."

The last excerpt is something that touched me and true to that Anne lives on and continues inspiring generations of people across ages to fight, dream and move on with life.

P.S: Please do read the article. The link is provided in the beginning of this post.

Be inspired. Dream. Courage and passion always.

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