“The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.” ~ Abraham Verghese in Cutting for Stone


I have been mostly absent from SL the past week because I have been absolutely enraptured by a novel I have been reading by Abraham Verghese called “Cutting for Stone.” The author, a professor and surgeon at Stanford, interrupted his career about the same time I was in grad school to go to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and good thing he did, because the novel is magnificent. Narrated by Marion Praise Stone, a twin born with his brother in a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it traces his life through the years—a rather dramatic life in a third world hospital. His adoptive mother, Hema, is an ob/gyn who, with his twin brother Shiva, create a scholarship about fistulas. (The book is stuffed with medical stories, information, and details—it’s amazing). Hema is, as you would expect, a wonderful mother, and it’s after her I name this entry.

I found this beautiful set of top and leggings at the Marquis Market, made by uklea Resident using template mesh pieces. I love how she has combined a bright and royal purple with gold and turquoise for this stunning display of color and texture. Also clever, she has used an East Asian silhouette (the cheongsam) with a more West Asian motif (kind of Indian). I decided to go the Indian route with a nose piercing, bindi, bangles and slippers from Zaara Kohime.


Tricky Boucher has just released the full Leila skin and I opted for the deepest skin tone to make this look. The eyes, while not specifically kohl-lined, are smoky and darkly shaded and the lips are a succulent though muted red. Mirja Mills’ gorgeous full ponytail completes the look, making my Hema as beautiful as the one Ghosh fell in love with in the novel.


…As she bent over the child she realized that the tragedy of death had to do entirely with what was left unfulfilled. She was ashamed that such a simple insight should have eluded her all these years. Make something beautiful of your life. ~ The character Hema in Cutting for Stone

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ALISHA*/black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila Mocha 7 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Top: LavandaChic*Indian Fashion Dress (P/T) by uklea for LavandaChic, available at Marquis Market

Pants: LavandaChic*Indian Fashion Pants (Turquoise) by uklea for LavandaChic, available at Marquis Market

Bindi: ZC : bindi purple by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Bracelets: ZC : Indra painted stacked bangles *gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara and Boho Bangles – Laquered Gold and Diamonds by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Earrings: Zaara : Anjami Chandelier earrings *gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Nose piercing: Juiced Up Stone Nose Piercing by Ameshin Yossarian for Curious Kitties

Shoes: Zaara : Ilaida Mojri *turquoise* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

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