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We never spoke about blogs, did we?

June 21, 2016

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…

Books

Selecting books that could add vibrancy and years to your life

June 21, 2016

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…

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What happens when you read to those who can’t

June 21, 2016

This remarkable and inspirational story is a precursor to a later post on two very different women. In that post, one of the women was incredibly brave. This helped her to chronicle one of the most gruesome events that are now part of world history. The events occurred during the middle of the previous century, and in part thanks to this brave woman, one of the most prominent perpetrators of crimes against humanity ultimately received a humane judgment.

But being the coward that he was, he chose to take his own life instead. For the record, this man was responsible for the deaths of millions, not even thousands, of men, women and children. In my later post, the other woman, completely different from the first one mentioned here, was initially an unwitting participant in these gruesome crimes. Originally, she did not know what was happening. As will be pointed out later, one of the problems related to her early ignorance was the fact that she could not read. Continue Reading…