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The Man of Feeling – A Novel of Sensibilities

    The Man of Feeling, a sentimental novel by Henry Mackenzie was published in 1771 at the pinnacle of sentimental literature. The importance of sensibilities in a polite society was catching momentum and Mackenzie’s hero Harley was the quintessential sentimental hero. It is difficult to look at Harley through 21st century mindset and admire […]

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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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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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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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The Art of War: Why is Common Sense so Special?

image by kainet   This little book, The Art of War, has been celebrated for centuries as the military manual. That I can understand. But business gurus, writers, and no doubt other industries have also taken it up and wrote their own version of war for their industry. It’s a great book. However, it’s full […]

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Utopia – Fantasy or Ambition?

image by captain_die   Many people, even many great people have dreamt of utopia throughout ages. Dreams are a funny thing – make them achievable and they can become ambitions, but make them unrealistic and they can be fantasies. Each has its place, and neither is wrong. But the question I ask is if utopia […]

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Tennyson’s Protagonists: Yearning for What Isn’t

image by digitalsextan   As I read through Selected Poems of Lord Alfred Tennyson [1] two settings that stood out were Ancient Greece, and Camelot. Across these poems, there are multiple themes, but the one that stood out for me was yearning. Protagonists yearning for “…the days that are no more” (Pg. 46), yearning to […]

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The Little Prince: Portrayal of Adults vs. Children

 image credit – wikipedia   Antoine de Saint-Exupéry emphasises from the very beginning, the difference between adults and children, and his not very flattering opinion of the former. In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I […]

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