Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

01 Jul 2005, 7:59 a.m.

More Food and Nervousness

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Last night I ate at Cafe Andree and of course the ravioli were delicious. Today, eggs and toast because I'm too nervous to eat much more, even though come midmorning I won't be able to eat or drink at all! Even water! Aieee!

Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirement, Nina Totenberg is audibly in shock, people in Iraq and Cuba and Sudan and North Korea and the US are dying for no reason, but I can't concentrate on anything but my impending fast and surgery and recovery. Yudhisthira was right, in that riddle session with Yama by the lake, possibly the second most didactic scene in the entire Mahabharata (after the Gita).

Yama asks: What is the most amazing thing in the world?

And Yudhisthira answers: Every day, men see others die around them, yet each man thinks that he himself is immortal. That is the most amazing thing.