Category Archives: Literature

‘Kindly adjust’ to our English – Shashi Tharoor

I have long immodestly considered myself the inventor of the term ‘prepone’. I came up with it at St Stephen’s in 1972, used it extensively in conversation and employed it in an article in JS magazine soon after. Prepone, as a … Continue reading

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Book Review – Ministry Of Utmost Happiness

I was expecting better from Suzanna Arundhati Roy but alas, this book does not come anywhere near close to the brilliance of her first novel. I’d bought this at a book promotion event at Dublin where author explained her reasons … Continue reading

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Mere Rashk-e-Qamar – Sufi Ghazal

This Urdu ghazal was penned by the Pakistani poet Fana Buland Shehri. Fana’s Real name was Muhammad Hanif, he was shagird (student) of well known Urdu Poet Qamar Jalalvi میرے رشکِ قمر تو نے پہلی نظر، جب نظر سے ملائی … Continue reading

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Airfield Reader’s Day: Mountains To Sea DLR Book Festival

Today, I attended along with my wife the Reader’s day event at Airfield estate held as part of Mountains To Sea DLR Book Festival mountainstosea.ie. It was a great event and an opportunity to meet with a number of talented … Continue reading

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Fascinating Words

If you’re fascinated by words, then this is for you… Glabella – The space between your eyebrows is called a glabella. Petrichor – The way it smells after the rain is called petrichor. Aglet – The plastic or metallic coating … Continue reading

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You start dying slowly – Pablo Neruda

You start dying slowly If you do not travel, If you do not read, If you do not listen to the sounds of life, If you do not appreciate yourself. You start dying slowly When you kill your self-esteem; When … Continue reading

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