The Reader

One of the greatest authors speaking about the method behind his writing process once said that as soon as he wakes up words and sentences start to form in his head and he needs to put them down on paper just to keep his head clear. Many other writers may have expressed similar thoughts about […]

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Going Mental

Commenting on the nature of mental illnesses, Joseph Heller, in his hilarious rendition of the Old Testament, “God Knows” had David mouth the statement that it is contagious much like physical illnesses. It is apparently quite an offensive statement particularly given the sensitivity with which the issues associated with mental disorders are treated in our […]

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A Contrarian View on Virtues

Display of courage or for that matter any inherent trait is quite essential. Like any other human attribute or acquired skill, reading, writing, driving, culinary skills, athletic abilities, physical or mental strength, characteristics such as courage, kindness, empathy, compassion or in general any virtue needs occasions of expression without which left unused and unexpressed these […]

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Who’s Shirin Dalvi?

Tagged as Editor-in-hiding by NDTV, Shirin Dalvi, a Mumbai based journalist and the ex-editor of Urdu daily “Awadhnama” has just become, against her wishes of course, a member of the ‘Offenders of Sensitivities club. She earned the distinction after publishing an article on the Charlie Hebdo attacks where she used a cartoon depicting the most […]

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