While the World Sleeps

This essay is the first in a collection in Ben Okri’s book, A Way of Being Free. The book is seemingly based on creativity, and yet really about life, dreams, authenticity, and so much more. While the World Sleeps sets the stage for the rest of the book, the very title turning on the imagination. Think […]

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Ask the Readers: How Do You Decide Which Books to Read?

image by practicalowl So many books to read….so little time! That’s a perpetual problem for even the most devoted of readers. If you are like me, your buying speed far exceeds your reading speed, and so even in my house, I have hundreds of books I have not yet read. Yet, each trip to the book […]

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When did Kindle Become Essential?

image by DollyGarland   I have often talked about how I prefer paper books over e-books. I still hold to that. I love paper books. I love their individuality, their aesthetics, their use as home ornaments, and most importantly being able to flip the pages and make notations within the physical books. And yet, I […]

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The Best Kind of Books

 image by 0olong   Reading, to those who see books as living, breathing things, is not an optional activity. It is not a hobby, nor something one does only to kill time. It is not a weekend-only, or vacation-only task. It is as essential as breathing, to be done as much as possible, in whatever […]

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Airports: Gateways to the Romance with the World

  I was quite excited to read A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton, because personally, I love airports. They represent the gateway to the romance with the world. Not all of them, but certainly the big and busy ones, where there is constant movement, and screens blink rapidly with upcoming departures to […]

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How Books Can Open Your Mind

I watched this inspiring TED Talk, and it’s something that every Kaizen Reader should watch, and think upon. I have had similar experience to Lisa Bu, in which that books have become my ultimate teachers, my companions. Books have either taught me the values I hold, or they have reinforced what I was taught by […]

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Ask the Readers: How Thoughts Transmute into Art?

image by jinterwas   If art is based on thought, what is the transmuting process? – Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary P. 94 Woolf, a skilled writer and a deep thinker, posed the right question. I paused when I read it, and made a note of it to ponder it at leisure. I would like […]

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Those Who Study…May Succeed. Those Who Do…Definitely Succeed.

Theory Versus Practical Education Those Who Study…May Succeed. Those Who Do….Definitely Succeed. I included The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg in the Kaizen Reading Challenge, because this book is highly relevant today. Whether you are currently in education, interested in future studies, or thinking about education for your children, this book gives you something […]

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The Humanity of Taboos: Explored through Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

 image by Dolly Garland   Note: I first submitted this essay with my MA in English Literature application. I received the admission offer, and so now I can publish it here.  The Humanity of Taboos Explored through Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things It is not the most common thing […]

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Books Read – 2013

image credit: DollyGarland 2013 has been a pretty good year in terms of reading, though not as good as I wanted. I wanted to finish at least 100 books, and it could have been achieved if not for my month long vacation (super hectic, not rolling around on a beach). But never mind. One can’t […]

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