Monthly Archives: July 2011

On the Tragedy in Norway


Norway is a country respected by all. It is known for its beautiful fjords and the Nobel Peace Prize, a tradition of liberal democracy and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. It is a country where for decades now immigrants have gone … Continue reading

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Wisdom or Folly?


Subjecting of every facet of poetry, imagination, and spiritual experience to the microscope of rationality, empiricism, and scientific argumentation may not be the best application of scientific methodology.. No one can deny the enormous expansion of  knowledge and enhancement in … Continue reading

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Sa’di’s Gulistan


Once in Persia there was a king who had condemned a wrong-doer to death. The angry man abused the king in his native dialect which the king could not understand. So he asked a vizier to translate what the had … Continue reading

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Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Stanton


I recall a visit to Eisenhower College sometime in 1980 to give a talk there. That college 0 no longer in existence – was in the quaint little town of Seneca Falls which is in the Finger Lakes Region of … Continue reading

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On Thackeray’s Vanity Fair


Exactly two hundred years ago today, on July 18, 1811, there was born in a house on what used to be called Freeschool Street in Calcutta, not far from St. Xavier’s College where I once studied, a child to an … Continue reading

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Ghazals


Poetic forms know no cultural or linguistic barriers. Thus there are not only rhymes and meters, but also odes and sonnets, elegies and story-poems  in English and French, in German and Italian and more. Likewise, one can find ghazals in … Continue reading

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Thoughts Provoked by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 -1400)


Many decades ago I had skimmed through some of Chaucer’s  Canterbury Tales, in the modern intelligible version, for sure. I recall how that reading, with a version of medieval English on another page, made me aware of the way  languages … Continue reading

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