About the book: The Weight of a Cherry Blossom is a collection of refined, curated journal entries that trace the journey of self-discovery of the author Shruti Buddhavarapu, wherein she writes about her experiences of finding belongingness in the modern world.
The Weight of a Cherry Blossom was a truly amazing experience for me in view of the fact that this was perhaps the first memoir I’ve ever been able to read from start to finish. Memoirs, as a genre, don’t hook me up so soon and neither did this one, at first. However, it started catching up to me around the second or third chapter and I’ve not been able to drop it since.
Here are some of the quotes I truly loved, some of them gave me the thrills whilst reading the book and I couldn’t be more excited to add them to my list of…
How much of our personalities are innate, and how much is hastily slapped together in the wake of childhood crises?Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 18.
We’re all unreliable narrators, because narration is unreliable. They shift and squirm and thrum under your fingers, mould meaning into a thousand ways, waiting to be whatever it is the listener is open to receiving.Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 33.
Love was also two people in a well-meaning relationship experiencing two very different things, out of sync.Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 33.
In a while, you’ll have turned so many pages, across so many genres and mediums, that the act of reading gets under your fingernails, your skin, the message in your synapses, between your neurons, until it is muscle memory, something deep inside of you, green and gnostic. You’re always reading. It’s who you are.Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 58.
Racism, sexism and other institutionalized systemic oppressions all wield this idea that you’re simply overimagining slights, hyper-focusing on unintentional micro-aggressions and that we could all get along if you could just give humanism a chance.Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 61.
Over millennia, what women have been articulating as intuition or gut feeling is the power of reading – reading rooms, reading situations, the crowd, a group of men in an empty unlit alley at night, potential violence.Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 61.
They say a life filled with love necessarily involves a life filled with the fear of that love’s lossBuddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 106.
How else do you explain the grandeur and delusion in assuming that people will be unable to carry on without you?Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 123.
What is it that we seek when we travel to a new city? Is it the rush of heading into an unknown experience? Is it the physical validation of having researched that experience for months first? Is it the joy of learning things around you and about you? How important is it, in each of these factors, that you be the first to do so?Buddhavarapu, Shruti. “The Weight of a Cherry Blossom” : Pg. 129.
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