I am learning to let go of perfection
How much of life does one miss out on if all you ever chase is perfection? I’m wondering whether I’d still be out there trying so hard to write the perfect novel, live the perfect life without the strange and surreal gift of this year.
Nilanjana Roy
23 December 2020

All through the first few months, I told myself I was lucky, and I believed it. My husband and I had jobs, food on the table, a wide, warm circle of friends and relatives, access to a roof during the worst of the lockdowns. We could comfortably manage the housework required to keep a household of two humans and four cats from sliding over the edge into total squalor. Food, companionship, shelter, security: we are so lucky, I said to friends, we are all so lucky. 

I meant it, too. I felt astonished by our luck.


In many of the older fairy tales, especially those from Russia and Bengal, someone walks into a jungle, into woods, strays off a path, loses their way in a forest. They are still walking, as the road narrows and thins out, as darkness falls, as gleaming-eyed wolves or tigers, demons or ancient tree spirits, gigantic spiders or ogres sniff the air and pick up their scent. It usually takes these travellers a while

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