Answer by A Quora admin:
(spoiler alert: anna karenina, Leo Tolstoy)
Do you know where I am right now?
In the general ladies coach of train from surat to baroda ( Gujarat, India). I am surrounded by sweating fat ladies on all four sides. There's no place to sit, I am standing in the aisle. Someone again left the toilet door open, it's stinking. Two women are fighting for a seat, calling each other names.A baby is crying somewhere due to the commotion, the stink and the heat.
Before I opened quora on my phone, I was reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. For about an hour, I forgot that I was in the hot,stinking, crowded train in India.
I was hunting with Levin in the fields of Yasyana Polyana, Russia. I could feel the cold morning air and the dew under my feet.
I was worrying about my farm and cattle, and the kopecks (old russian currency) I owed to various people.
I was having an affair with Vronsky, feeling the passion and regret. Waiting for my lover to come back from a party, worrying whether he was with some other woman. I looked at myself in the mirror to see whether my beauty was intact.
I just committed suicide by jumping in front of a train due to my insecurity.
Maybe I will never visit fields of russia, never have an extra marital affair, never commit suicide. But for an hour, I felt all of it. I was there. Not with them. I was them.
My first 1k! Thanks for all the upvotes 🙂