Everything is held together with stories.That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.

—Barry Lopez, Winter Count

First the back story: In 2002, Pavithra Mehta (then Krishnan) sent a formal e-mail request to her granduncle, Dr. V, asking if she could come in each morning to interview him in his office at Aravind-Madurai. She doesn’t fully know why she did this. But it changed her life irrevocably. “You can come every day,” he replied, “including Sunday.” So she did. In those mornings of questions and answers that later flowed into their daily readings from Savitri, she first began listening to a story she had heard for much of her life. It turned out to be one of the most incandescent, healing, and alive stories ...

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