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Lyrical Enchantment

When novelist Orhan Pamuk was asked by The Paris Review whether he wrote poetry, Pamuk replied in the negative. Pamuk then added, “…because poets hear voices from God”. This is true especially of lyric poets. In ancient times, the poems of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Virgil were regarded as highly prophetic. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav… Continue reading Lyrical Enchantment

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Pseudo-intellectualism

Writers nowadays have acquired celebrity status and fame with success and popularity of their novels. Many of them, though, are quite self-conscious about it. The question arises — Shouldn’t they be considered “thinkers” rather than “celebrities”? Literary festivals like the Jaipur Literature Festival, The New Yorker Festival, The Hindu Lit For Life Festival etc have… Continue reading Pseudo-intellectualism

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Questions on Matriliny-A Review

An attempt to make a documentary film on Khasi matrilineal society is difficult. For one has to present contrasting views without prejudice. Aditya Seth was able to achieve this objective. The established filmmaker from Mumbai did extensive research on the subject. He came to Shillong in 2014, and started filming the documentary. Are They Better… Continue reading Questions on Matriliny-A Review