Today I went to Borders and met a guy… (alternate title: my eventful evening)

(ok, the title was really a gimmick to get you to read this. and i bet it worked!)

    i was in the front area looking at the new hardcovers and i saw tim keller’s new book “the reason for God” and the indian guy next to me asked to look at the book next to it (i think it was about evander holyfield). this struck me as strange, since he didn’t really have to ask permission. i said “yeah” and continued looking at keller’s book.
    he saw the title of the book and asked, “do you believe in God?”
    surprised, i answered “yeah, i’m a christian.”
    “oh,” he said, “i believe in God too. i like some of the things the bible says.” and recited a verse (which i couldn’t make out).
    we introduced ourselves, his name is aravind. he moved here from india in ’06 to study electrical engineering at san jose state.

i don’t know if it’s because aravind is from india or just really gregarious, but it was humbling that when i think about it, i probably wouldn’t have taken such a good opportunity to talk to someone about God (i.e. someone looking for an extended period of time at a book called “the reason for God”.)

it turns out that aravind is hindu and knows a lot of what he knows about christianity from the writings of norman vincent peale (the author of “the power of positive thinking”). i actually saw him again about twenty minutes after we parted ways and we talked a bit about the book i was reading “the omnivore’s dilemma” and it was only after he left that i realized i was also carrying mere christianity on me and had missed yet another opportunity to at least try to slip jesus in there. so i tracked him down and told him that if he wanted to read something he should pick up a copy, which was probably a bit more awkward than if i’d remembered to bring it up in the first place.


on another note, tonight i had two of what npr fundraisers call “driveway moments”. when i got to safeway (where i bought grapes and a beef jerky stick, haha the bagboy was like “beef jerky and grapes huh?”) i stayed in the car for an extra 15 minutes before getting out because they were running a segment on ‘the onion’, which made me really want to read it.

and when i got home after safeway i stayed in my car for another 5 minutes listening to a short story about a woman who read tarot cards in a bar-car on a train when she was 15 years old. which thoroughly creeped me out.

resolution: i decided i’m not gonna buy a book for 6 weeks. i have way too many to read.


~ by justinhong on February 17, 2008.

5 Responses to “Today I went to Borders and met a guy… (alternate title: my eventful evening)”

  1. you DO read a lot, guss 😉

    happy belated v-day, old friend 🙂 i miss ya!

  2. “““`
    “But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that!”(2Peter 3:13)(CEV)-BibleGateway 


  3. :]

  4. @TheVoiceToday – Romans 8:9, Luke 11:13.

  5. YOUUUUU!!! }:Ohahaha jk… I didn’t actually really listen to more than 20 seconds of the song {:| before I slung it over… ah well

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