AN AFTERNOON WITH MAX
With a weary and disillusioned look, but at the same time obviously happy to have new friends, Max shows me his countless family’s memories, his family tree, and the portrait of his ancestor that looks exactly like him. This reminds me of a Maharaja I met long ago in Udaipur who only lived in one room of his castle that he otherwise rented to tourists. He would spend his days watching TV programs on wildlife, the same wildlife as his father hunted a long time ago.
Over here, the state does not provide meaningful assistance. People are “stuck”in difficult family situations, health challenges, unemployment, or are left to care for a lazy, delinquent, absent or simply more selfish close relative. It’s difficult to quit smoking under these conditions.