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John Updike dies at 76

January 28, 2009

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John Updike, the American poet, novelist, short story writer and a literary critic has died of Lung Cancer. He battled with this disease but was all the while quiet in public, it was on January 27 that he lost this battle. He was 76. He is particularly famous for his Rabbit series among which are […]

The Most Cherishable Freedom

January 26, 2009

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Rousseau has rightly remarked ‘Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains’. We all love our freedom and this can very well be called the most treasured thing. Imagine being a slave, and then only can we judge the extent of significance of this precious freedom. It was on August 15, 1947 that […]

Literary Jewels from Obama’s Inaugural Speech

January 25, 2009

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The winds of change have swept across America. The precursor is the man “whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.” This    year old, Barack Obama with a towering and commanding personality chose to be sworn […]

First Morning Thoughts

January 19, 2009

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How many of us wake up in the morning and say, “Today is another great day!”? Only a countable few, I am sure. A majority of us instead grumble about the unwanted impending tasks to be completed that day. Kids would lament “Oh no! I have to go school again.” Some would  simply be wary […]

Is Swift really a misanthrope?

January 17, 2009

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The word ‘misanthrope’ means hater of mankind or the one who has a distrust for human character in general. To some extent Gulliver directs his satires towards the meanness of human being. The allegation of ‘misanthropy’ has been levelled against Swift in context of his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. In Book I, Gulliver is a ship’s […]

The Spontaneous Overflow

January 15, 2009

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“If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all” – this is how the celebrated poet, John Keats put it. Poetry is actually a spontaneous overflow of emotions, as Wordsworth said. I myself experienced it yet another time. I wrote a poem at a time […]

Prove Yourself !

January 14, 2009

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We have to prove ourselves everyday with each passing moment. I remember the existentialistic philosophy here. Sartre wrote a book entitled, ‘Being and Nothing’. He was of the view that ‘man first is then defines himself’. Even in our day to day life we have to define our identity. Otherwise life won’t be so meaningful […]