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a letter to holden caulfield

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Catcher in the Rye Dear Mr. Holden Caulfield, You broke the ice in my soul. I see the world differently after I read your diary. I was too much of a wimp before this but as the bible says "whereas until now I was blind, but now I see". I consider myself kind of lucky to have found the personal diary of a high school student, a year back, just before I was to get admitted into one. I really was quite a wimp before this and perceived myself to be in the company of dominating buddies, who'd hang in popular circles, whom I'd have to devote my honest friendship to, just so that I could earn my share of popularity. But your diary altered my wimpy perception and served to be a good sign of the rather depressing life that was coming my way. I can relate quite a lot to your high school experiences and must admit I find it comfortable thinking the "Holden Caulifield" way. We seem to have already shared a similar pre high school life considering my mom died when I was five. By the way, let me introduce myself, I'm just another high school "phony", as you may find me. ...read more.

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They made the already terrible school day even worse. Even the teachers were phonies. All of them, especially my math professor. I don't even know his real name. I felt phony myself addressing him as "Sir" because I always felt he wasn't capable of the title. All the teachers at school expect you to address them that way. Anyway, this man really beat the crap out of my mind. I believe I was much better at math than him. He wasn't even good at English and failed to communicate his explanations of mathematical theories effectively. If I'd politely correct him when he went wrong, he'd feel humiliated and throw some irrational questions at me, some other time, to counter my action and embarrass me in front of my fellow students. Besides, the students themselves behaved very phony themselves and supported him. Still I tried to preserve some respect for him. Today, recalling those memories I feel depressed as, after reading your diary, I perceive how goddamn stupid some people can get. I must also confess I had no problems with my teachers in the 9th and 10th grade and was pretty much of a "teacher's pet". Anyway the damn reason I left that school was because my roommate was a freak. ...read more.

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I just felt it wasn't right for an adorable kid like her. I feel pretty disturbed with the thought that society is too phony for kids, as it influences them and kills their innocence, in a way. One day, I may not be there to help her comprehend what's best for her and what isn't. I must admit, that se does have a group of decent friends and leads a less depressing life than mine, at least so far. Anyway I'd conclude by saying that I'm thankful to the circumstances that led me to find your diary, a kind of a guide that helped me to alter my perceptions about my forthcoming life issues and make me less of a wimp. I'm sorry to read something where you record your personal stuff, but I couldn't help but read it once I got my hands on it. I have a feeling you may find me phony and I wouldn't urge you to reply back but I think it would be pretty exciting to hear from a person like you, whom I can relate to. By the way, if you ever find out, I too am interested in knowing where the ducks go when the lagoon freezes at central park. Your 'phony' admirer, Abhishek Chhabria. ...read more.

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