Missing the Story for the Details

Amit Chaudhuri:

… why did these houses seem to suggest that an infinitely interesting story might be woven around them? And yet the story would never be a satisfying one, because the writer, like Sandeep, would be too caught up in jotting down the irrelevances and digressions that make up their lives, and the life of a city, rather than a good story – till the reader would shout, “Come to the point!” – and there would be no point, except the girl memorizing the rules of grammar, teh old man in the easy-chair fanning himself, and the house with the small, empty porch that was crowded, paradoxically, with many memories and possibilities. The “real” story, with its beginning, middle and conclusion, would never be told, because it did not exist.

A Strange and Sublime Address, p. 65f