How John Le’ Carre’s writing stays with you

“When Schulmann talked, he fired off conflicting ideas like a spread of bullets, then waited to see which ones went home and which came back at him. The sidekick’s voice followed like a stretcher-party, softly collecting up the dead.” – The Little Drummer Girl

Neil Gaiman on the power of stories

Courtesy  – Brainpickings.org Quoted: “Gaiman illustrates this with the most breath-stopping testament to what we endure for stories as they in turn help us endure, by way of his 97-year-old cousin Helen, a Polish Holocaust survivor: A few years ago, she started telling me this story of how, in the ghetto, they were not allowed…

David Copperfield – By Charles Dickens

This is the first time I had the patience to listen to an entire novel, word by word. Relishing the beautiful music in the words and the sentences that they came together in made my hair stand on end. And, so I began my love affair with Charles Dickens. He wasn’t a part of that…

Driveways

The driveway that led to the main college building was of great renown. Two curved paths originated from two tall, wrought iron gates that fenced the baseball and basketball courts, leading to the principal’s office and the auditorium, which oddly enough faced each other. If you moved ahead you faced a few interesting choices. First,…

Fiction – Mapping a Character

Naomi looked out of her living room window as she sat on a sofa, her feet ensconced in the slightly worn out carpet beneath, as she placed her phone on the side table. She didn’t see the road or the neighbor’s homes that she normally peered at through the window. Lost in a maze of…

Chekov’s characters

Vladimir Nabokov, of brilliant Lolita fame, said of Chekov, “What really attracted the Russian reader was that in Chekhov’s heroes he recognized the Russian idealist. . . a man who combined the deepest human decency of which man is capable with an almost ridiculous inability to put his ideals and principles into action; a man…

Helping people make their hobbies entrepreneurial – Etsy

A strong craft ethos and the willingness to experiment with both, social and traditional marketing, helped Etsy reach a 2BN USD evaluation in 2015. This story is phenomenal  and explains how Etsy became reflective of the feminist craft movement, and through its involvement and engagement with its target audience through online networks like Pinterest to…

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Artist of the Beautiful

The artist’s temperament in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Artist of the Beautiful is a classic story with language that is sometimes difficult to get past. I skipped the lengthy sentences but got the gist of the story. An artist who endowed spiritualism into his work and worshipped a human being as a deity. This part makes…

The Bangalore i Knew

I chanced upon a television channel telecasting old Hindi songs this Sunday afternoon. Songs that mostly were composed from a time when I was a toddler, and dear to my mother and aunts whom I remember chatting endlessly about these songs as I pattered around them, busy with the act of growing up.  It took…

Trees

Trees of all shapes and sizes and colors. A testament to stolidity and growth despite the odds. Especially, when you see trees growing in the most unexpected public spots in a country like India that is what comes to mind first.  And then, the desire to be able to put a chair down the road…