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…

Happiness may not be happy

Happiness does not always make you happy. I read this from The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, a book that i am reading in parts, a chapter once in a while. A kind friend gifted it to me, probably, at a time when i sent out signals of dissent and angst. The book grows on…

A sense of purpose

Happiness is often considered the ultimate life goal, but a recent Journal of Positive Psychology study suggests you might want to seek something different. Researchers found that happiness was connected to fleeting, shallow emotions, whereas meaningful experiences, even if they caused stress or were hard work, were associated with strong personal relationships, better self-expression, and…

The comparing mind

Originally posted on Mindfulbalance:
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are. Montesquieu, French lawyer and philosopher, 1689 – 1755 photo michael johnston