"…थोरो म्हणजे गांधी आणि टॉलस्टॉयलाही शिकवणारा, स्फ़ुर्ती देणारा गुरु...गांधीच्या अहिंसेचं मूळही थोरोच्या विचारात दिसतं. त्यांच निसर्गाचं प्रेम मलाही होतंच...तो जंगलात राहायचा. पण कधी पांथस्थ त्याच्याकडे आला, तर तो कौतुकाने त्याचा पाहुणचार करायचा …"
She also talks about how "Manusmṛti" (मनुस्मृति)- translated by Sir William Jones- fundamentally changed Thoreau's view of life: How trees and bushes too have a soul, how everything is connected...
But she is silent on his "living deliberately".
Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, October 19 2015:
This vision cannot survive any serious reading of “Walden.” The real Thoreau was, in the fullest sense of the word, self-obsessed: narcissistic, fanatical about self-control, adamant that he required nothing beyond himself to understand and thrive in the world. From that inward fixation flowed a social and political vision that is deeply unsettling..."
Thoreau lived in a cabin built on the land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) near Walden pond from 1845-47.
The following set of pictures imagine what happened when Emerson visited Thoreau in his cabin.
A small part of the exchange:
"...Emerson: So what do you do all day, anyway?
Thoreau: I live in each season as it passes: breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign myself to the influence of the earth.
Emerson: Yeah, but I mean...like, what do you literally do?
Thoreau: Mostly sit around and try to come up with profound sounding quotes. Want to hear some?
Emerson: Please no...."
(if you can't read the word in the pictures above, open the entire frame in new window and magnify)