Sunday, July 10, 2005

(WISHLIST ? As calls it)

Last book I read 'Learn To Live' - Vol I, by Swami Jagadatmananda.
The book dwells on various aspects of life and what can be done to improve it; better than most of the other self-help books that I have read.
The book is a translation from the actual book which was in Kannada.
Through his advice and excellent examples which are wide ranging and not just limited to national events but about incidents, personalities and anecdotes from all over the world, he explores human psychology, spirituality, history, worklife and many many other things that make a person's life successful.
Some pointers from the book will definitely help you in both your professional and personal life. A must read, now I need to buy Vol II.

Other books in fiction I want to buy/read, based on reviews that I read up.
Lets see if I can go to someplace, where I could get them cheap ...

  • 'The Namesake' by Jhumpa Lahiri
Immigrants to America and their life in turmoil, their not fitting in anywhere and feeling a pull to either stick to traditions or get merged into the American culture, through the eyes of one person who is born in America. An enlarged novel version of 'The Interpreter Of Maladies' - you'll undertand what I mean if you have read it. She had won the Pulitzer Prize and writes really well.

  • 'The Name of the Rose' by Umberto Eco
A detective story with loads of symbology and history.

  • 'Foucalt's Pendulum' by Umberto Eco
This book is supposed to be the 'mother' of 'The Da Vinci Code'.

  • 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro
A book on the students in a school who are grown as clones to their actual living counterparts.

  • Collection of Short Stories by Somerset Maugham.

  • Also some of the novels by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
She too mostly writes about expatriate life and immigration - but her writing is I believe mystical and of a folklore kind - worth a try from the reviews that I have read, especially 'The Mistress of Spices'. Was reading an excerpt of one of the short stories 'The Bats' from her short story collection 'Arranged Marriage' - very evocative and emotive writing. Good talent. 'Queen of Dreams' is her latest.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Mother India (Original & Copy)

A copy done in Gimp of the painting 'Bharat Mata' by Abanindranath Tagore.
First one is the original [from Kamat's Potpourri].
The second one, my copy.
In isolation my copy looks pretty decent, but in comparison with the original, it just pales out and vanishes in the level of grace that the original painting holds.
The painting by Abanindranath is beautiful, the borders and lines are delicate and finely composed, the hues so rich and yet the melancholy, mundane look and the mystic, hazy aura makes it very captivating - a gem.

Leader of the Revivalist Movement in the field of Modern Indian Painting in Bengal, Abanindranath Tagore is also credited with a key contribution towards ushering in the renaissance in Indian painting. (More)

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The eternal flame of hope ...

The eternal flame of hope always burns,
Through the depth of hell and the pleasures of desire,
All the illusion, the dance of the puppets,
'how beautiful'
The real, the true self is just a part of that,
'always joyful'
Existence, knowledge, bliss - absolute, eternal.
'man = divine'