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I’ll start with the definition google gives for the word; “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” I just like the sound of that phrase, ‘extremely good’. This following piece is an extension and elaboration of my notes from a keynote I attended today, given by professor Terry Orlick. He’s a Canadian expert on … Continue reading

How does it feel to fall for someone…?

“It was not only her looks, though they were awfully alluring, the smoothness of her pale skin and the way her hair fell over her forehead and the grave sweetness of her brown eyes, it was more that that; you had a sensation of well being when you were with her, as though you could … Continue reading


It seems a long time ago when I last seriously sat down and wrote something substantial. There were other things on my hands that needed tending to. It’s bitter cold these days and generally sitting in a warm quilt on a wintry day, holding a cup of tea would bring out the best in my … Continue reading

100 best first lines of novels #5 -American Lit Review

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

Slaughterhouse 5

Jibananda Das

Amidst a vast meadow the last time when I met her I said: ‘Come again a time like this if one day you so wish twenty-five years later.’ This been said, I came back home. After that, many a time, the moon and the stars from field to field have died, the owls and the … Continue reading

Revisiting Freedom

And I don’t like your friends. Let me tell you a secret, my dear. Often at your parties I’ve had an almost irresistible impulse to take off all my clothes just to see what would happen. -Maugham

Maugham on love

Their love is founded on an illusion, perhaps; but since it has to them all the appearance of a reality, what does it matter? – Somerset Maugham, The Happy Couple, Collected Short Stories Volume 1


I was having a bad day…

… So I went shopping.