“It is easy to show sympathy towards someone. But empathizing with their pain is a different thing!”
Aditti Gaur, Adhira: Love Lost & Found
Why I like it
Mainly for how it differentiates sympathy and empathy and the way the author has clearly described how they are not to be confused with each other
Why it finds a place in my top 100
Some books stay with you as a whole story – even if you don’t remember the dialogues and scenes verbatim, you tend to remember the story outline in general. Some other books stay with you in parts – the overall story might not have worked out but some parts might be very well written and stay with you for a long time after. But the really successful books are those that make you relate with the characters, be it the protagonist or the villain or the wronged justice seeking maiden – the author needs to be extra careful while plotting the story around the characters and maintaining the balance.
Adhira as a book and Adhira as a protagonist are two different things that left an indelible mark on my mind. Aditti had captured the essence of many emotions of an independent, loving woman in turmoil. This particular quote itself is a perfect blend that says even the best of friends could only offer sympathy, and not hope to understand the exact feeling of pain one is going through. The clear distinction between sympathy and empathy draws me to this quote.
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