Finding Faith: How I Discovered Religion When I Left India

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Finding Faith: How I Discovered Religion When I Left India

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n the 1995 neo-noir film, The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey’s character tells his interrogators: Keaton always said, “I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.” Once upon a time, I agreed with that sentiment entirely.

I used to be one of those people, who told people at parties that I didn’t believe in organised religion, but that I did believe in some higher power, even though I didn’t know what it was. It’s like avoiding a route after a black cat has crossed your path – as a rational human being you don’t believe in it, but you don’t want to offend it, whatever “it” is.

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