Review – Musk poem | Caravan magazine

About poetry – I am not too much into this noble activity of the human soul, nor do I understand it much. But it never fails to fill me with wonder… what a medium! You can’t call yourself really educated if you don’t appreciate poetry. Viyogi hoga pehla kavi, Aah mein upja hoga gaan. Coming to the poetry review, the first on this blog! Its  not a real review, but just some comments and observations from an amateur. So the poetess need not take it seriously. And a little adult stuff here. The Musk, by Nabanita Kanungo Here is the excerpt: But they’ve not been able to corner the man’s face against the whereabouts of her thoughts. Most of the women hate this stench. They may even will their eyes to grow fingers and draw some of that rain blooming from between her thighs, hold it to her nose in the clouds, expose her for the whore she is. . . She is disgustingly divine. She is in love. via Two Poems | The Caravan – A Journal...
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The world tday

What it means to be an individual in traditional societies is an enigma. Just follow the norms and the fashions and put up an appearance, don’t fight for truth, and u will live happily. Money can save u even this trouble. To what extent are our identities being shaped by the world around us? Was the adolescent identity crisis a joke? It appears to be so in a society that is not interested in anything other than itself. The expectations to conform were never so strong and naked. Lets enjoy the show. It was never so interesting. ...
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Top ranking keywords on 21c Stories

Once in a while it makes sense to see what keywords are attracting people to your site, and especially what keywords bring your site pages to the top in the search engines. Here are the top keywords for this site and my views on these: Chinta chhod chintamani review The play has been performed many times. Though the concept and the name was attractive, it could have been better — where the problem lay is difficult to pinpoint — family dramas involve many members, and it’s difficult to take sides. The play had familiar strands running through it — religion, cricket, exams, grown up kids. I hope it delivered the right message! The flower that smiles today shelley analysis We read the poem in high school, and in those depressing days, it lent more tragedy to life. It ends on an optimistic note, but the tone is very stark and sombre, though very forthright. Still makes for a good light read. Morbe village Often went there,...
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Why Khajuraho temples are overrated

Artistic portrayal of love and belonging in Indian religious sculpture The small village of Khajuraho is located near the historical city of Jhansi, and boasts of its own small airport. A declared protected monument of Unesco, it is part of the popular culture and rhetoric. Talk about sex and its repression in modern India, and the first argument to fly across will contain references to the imagery on this group of temples. No one however knows for sure the purpose of this public display of kamasutra in a religious place. In the heat of the topic and the arguments, the artistic side is often neglected. Let’s cool down and put on the artistic goggles. The artistic and sculptural value of these erotic poses is extremely poor. The shapes of men hovering over, with lopsided proportions and huge heads, look monstrous. Even the ones that are beyond the reach of vandalising attacks. Compare these with the pic shown alongside. There is beauty here shining...
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Will Viswanathan Anand go for the kill? – Sport – DNA

Viswanathan Anand has reached that stage in the World Chess Championship from where he can literally call the shots against Boris Gelfand. It is a great position to be in, but the question is will he actually try to call the shots or opt to play it safe? via Will Viswanathan Anand go for the kill? – Sport – DNA.   Anand had a marvellous time in the drawn ninth game: – He built a marvellous little castle. – His rook was bound to protect the pawn. – His knight bravely jumped around and kept the lone enemy Queen at bay. As the younger of the two contenders, I guess he ought to eventually outrace Gelfand and come out on top. ...
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Shelley’s Poem – The Flower that Smiles Today

I was in my high school when I came across this famous poem by P.B. Shelley. It left some impression on me, and made my adolescent gloomy outlook on life even darker! Recently I revisited the verse with fresh eyes, and uplifted spirits, and saw the silver linings for the first time – that we could learn from the flowers. I guess the poet himself felt the same way, and the verse tapers appears to taper off on an optimistic note, albeit with gravity –  enjoy the delights, then wake up to weep. The poem begins with an analogy — a very terse statement. The flower that smiles today, tomorrow dies. It goes on to point out the transitory, ephemeral nature of the delights of this world, all so very tempting but momentary flashes of pleasure. And if pleasures are such, then equally so are even the higher value of life – love, friendship, virtue too, all beset by an inbuilt mortality.  Soon, an optimistic note takes over. Let us...
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Response to – An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes – NYTimes.com

An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes – NYTimes.com. The India Ink blog column carried this piece of advice from a consulting firm employee a few days earlier. The letter is addressed to India’s new graduates and postgraduates (from engg. and business schools) and carries a typical employer’s expectations, experiences and words of advice to the soon-to-join younglings at work. The piece generated some heated discussion and angry reactions for its truth-on-your-face writing style. Here is a rather sketchy attempt to address the same audience, but from the perspective of an employee with 10 years of experience in the corporate world. Dear friends, Leaving college to join workplace is both an exciting as well as challenging time. The workplace is a sphere of life that till now had remained a half-mystery, and it was all too convenient to lose oneself in the invigorating atmosphere of college life. The postgraduates may differ on this, for they are already half-way through to the employer’s door. But...
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Comments and criticisms on my writings

In appreciation Nicely writen, and some what fearfuly true. lol.— Katrina Soroya (on circles of friendship) I enjoyed the story. As a reader I thought you did a great job with keeping my attention and with descriptions.— spillingwords (on the man at the grocers) A very intriguing topic. Could have been spiced up with some colorful language or dialog, but very good all the same.— Nick Counts (on breaking free) Wow that rocked!! Are you planning on continuing it?— invisiblexpain (on breaking free) I found this an eloquent and interesting piece.— Doc Scurlock (on review of Shelley’s poem) A great piece, but honestly… I live in london. You’re so lucky to have been treated so well. A free taxi ride?! Lucky. They’d usually kick us out the cab, and tell us to walk. That’s when they’re being nice. A great piece though.– sineadmc1990 (on My trip to England) Brickbats There is no conversation. No motivation. We don’t know why things happen,...
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