I recently stumbled across a manga titled Addicted to Curry–a long running series that will soon come to an end, yet still hasn’t been serialized in America. The manga is true to its name in that the characters really are addicted to experiencing curry in all its forms. Despite all the various kinds that I read about in the nine volumes I could find of the forty-six, it was the very first chapter that re-energized me. In it, gifted curry chef Kouenji Makito makes Sonezaki Yui, the heir to a declining curry restaurant, a well known Indian dish: keema matar. The ground meat and pea curry revitalizes Yui with its familiar taste and spiciness and helps her realize that she truly loves her restaurant and is not yet ready to give up. What once seemed impossible suddenly begins to look achievable. Given my current situation, I couldn’t help but cling to that vision as well.