People

Who should I talk about today then?

June 21, 2016
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Initially, I was quite ambitious and enthusiastic about this. If you recall the note I left you on my About Page, you may recall that I have a close interest in what other people are doing or what they have achieved in life. My mission was to talk about anonymous men and women such as ourselves over and above the obviously well-known and famous ones from our short histories. Now, my memory is not by any means short, but as I laid my fingers to the keyboard tonight, my mind suddenly went blank.

So, by the time you’ve had a chance to leave me with your own suggestions, It might be too much too late. While I look forward to reading about who inspired you today, or who from the past remains your hero or heroine, let me rush on with a whirlwind tour of the who’s who in our world from the present and the past. It should be fun, really, because thoughts will be coming thick and fast like a flash in the pan, and in this short space and time left to me, I may not be able to squeeze any more famous faces in here. That’s where you’ll be taking over from me, I would hope. Continue Reading…

Books

We never spoke about blogs, did we?

June 21, 2016
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Not that I have done this much, I don’t believe I talk enough about the books that I’m reading or would like to read. I don’t talk enough about the books I would like you to read someday. I don’t always comment on great works of literary art. There are no regrets about this. Mostly, it has to happen more out of inspiration, not that I’ve been short of this lately. It is also more a case of paying homage to our cultural diversity. Although I don’t think this is good, there are many of us who won’t be sitting down to read a book, whether by choice or due to circumstances. Continue Reading…

Poetry and its Words

A poem a day keeps you on your toes in the day

June 21, 2016
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If there’s one small regret I have in life it is that I don’t read enough poetry. This is also ironic because on some days I’m actually teaching this rather romantic subject. But teaching poetry to willing learners, usually just a small class of exceptional young women and men, and sitting in a quiet corner or on a park bench all by yourself, reading just a few lines of poetry are two different matters altogether. The aesthetic and esthetic results will be entirely different. Continue Reading…

World Events

The small things we can do to make the world a better place for all

June 21, 2016
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Right now, if you wanted to live blissfully without any troubles, worries or concerns, you may just be able to pack a few of your belongings and head off to a tiny island located somewhere in the middle of the ocean, somewhere between South America, Africa and Antarctica.

I have one such island in mind but I won’t be naming it. I leave that to your own imaginings and resourcefulness. In fact, your task won’t be difficult. Just pull out a map of the world and have a look for yourself. Continue Reading…

History

Those I was there days

June 21, 2016
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Some of you, in fact, very few of you may have been lucky enough to have great, great aunts (or uncles) who lived in this world well beyond a century. This would mean that in terms of their unique longevity, they would have been great human beings into the bargain. There would have been those uncles and aunts who have lived in not just three centuries, but at this point of our human history, in two millenniums.

How wonderful is that? In fact, as we speak, there are such remarkable men and women who are still living to tell their tales of history. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were blessed in such a way and could tell the rest of us what stories those magnificent people shared with you over the years? Continue Reading…

Profiles

Who are the world’s greatest human beings?

June 21, 2016
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In such a short space and in limited time, this question is always going to be challenging for one person to answer. It also depends on how far back in time one is prepared to challenge one’s self to do this.

Conventionally, particularly with online publications and, in this case, blogs, writers and thought leaders generally take us back to the last century or, at best, the last two hundred years or so. Some are lucky in the sense that their nations and/or cultural gatherings are relatively young, so, of course, they can perhaps list great men and women with a lot more clarity for the benefit of others still foreign to their heritage. Continue Reading…

People

How bookworms can save money and earn more

June 21, 2016
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I am going to tell you something that may shock some of you. Not by any means an unusually different woman, I cannot and don’t drive a car.

Apparently there are psychological reasons for this, but time, money and space does not allow for an extensive explanation on this conundrum that does affect a minority of men and women, mostly women, one might add. I could rather begin this post with a positive affirmation that, yes; someday I will be driving my own little car. And, of course, there are a number of positive but necessary reasons for wanting to do this. Continue Reading…

Books

Selecting books that could add vibrancy and years to your life

June 21, 2016
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The heading to this post could initially be perceived to be misleading. It could also be misunderstood. This is not the fault of the writer nor is the deliberate choice of title intended to sow confusion and misapprehensions and misunderstandings. In fact, it is intended to help heal, build and cross bridges and invite others to join hands with those they opposed in life before. This title is, indeed a metaphor for all those familiar online self-help guides, tips and tricks and bestsellers which most of you should be familiar with by now.

Let’s start this post by elaborating on the motivations for using such self-help guides in the first place. The obvious reasoning is that you want to improve an area in your life. You want to make things better for yourself, improve your personal circumstances and, if I have this much faith in most of you reading this, you also want to invigorate your personal life by improving your surroundings which go beyond your private room and your home. Not only do you want to make things better for yourself, you also want to help others do better too. Continue Reading…

Languages and Literature

A recommended approach or two to cultural diversity

June 21, 2016
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When I opened the cover of my first book during the first hour of the first day of the first month in the first year of my BA Degree in Languages, Literature and Creative Writing, I had no idea of what I was letting myself in for. Because of my own cultural, aesthetic and vocational aspirations, I had a fair enough idea of where I wanted this study journey to take me. But, boy was it long and hard. One of my cousins has been particularly vocal in her remarks over my perceived high levels of intelligence and intellect. She echoes what others also make of me. But little do they all know how much I have struggled. Continue Reading…

Music and its Words

Tanita Tikaram and her worldly imagery

June 21, 2016
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This may be one of the most difficult posts I have chosen to write. Many of my sparks begin so quickly. And because time is so limited, there’s hardly a moment left to follow through on an inspirational thought or piqued interest in an artist, in this case singer and songwriter, Tanita Tikaram. Some of you may be familiar with her work and yet because this New Zealand-born folk singer and writer is not part of the mainstream world of music, many of you may not be.

It is hard for me to acknowledge that while I list Tanita Tikaram among my all time favorite songwriters, I have only ever had her debut album, Ancient Heart, in my small music archive. And before I make an unqualified remark about this being her best work of all the albums she has produced over the years, I had better watch my step. I have only listened to Ancient Heart, over and over again, and amazingly, am not yet familiar with the rest of Tanita Tikaram’s oeuvre. Continue Reading…