Category: Freewheeling

An idle mind is undoubtedly a freewheeling devil!

My Friend Joanne

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”   Elbert Hubbard Elbert Hubbard neither knew Joanne Chan Ming Choo nor me but it seems as if the quote which emanated from him was directed at the two of us. For in spite of all my eccentricities, quirks and unpredictable oscillations in …

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Captain Marvel in Malaysia – A foreigner’s perception of GE14

Any foreigner touring or residing in Malaysia in the month of May 2018, could be forgiven for unwittingly suspecting that Captain Marvel of the Avengers fame had manifested in Kuala Lumpur – taking the capital city by storm – in person and way ahead of the much touted release year of 2019-20. Only, this particular …

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When Reporting in India Died a painful Death

  The Indian media plummeted to a new nadir in wake of the revoltingly voyeuristic and obnoxiously insensitive reporting following the tragic and untimely death of Sridevi, one of the most acclaimed, adored and awe-inspiring actors to have ever graced the silver screen in the country. When news initially filtered in from Dubai about the …

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The Proust Questionnaire – A Personal Effort

 I finally steeled myself in taking a stab at the much renowned, revered and referred “Proust Questionnaire”. Suffice it to say the experience was extremely enervating while simultaneously lending an electric sense of excitement. I have attempted to be as candid and transparent as my conscience would permit. So here goes!  1.What is your idea …

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WHY DO I WRITE WHEN I AM DRUNK?

I always try setting out random thoughts on paper after ingesting a couple (or more) swigs of high quality alcohol. The mind is not (yet) impaired by the beast of inebriation but is just alert but carefree enough to perpetrate a flow of feelings and induce a rich vein of emotions that reek of uncanny …

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10 Literary Discoveries of 2017

As 2017 ends, it is time to take stock of some new literary discoveries. So here goes the list of 10 authors discovering whose works gave me immense satisfaction: 1. Michel Houllevecq Reading this author has been a cathartic experience. Where Kundera-meets-Harold Robbins.        He gives one        the courage to …

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How to read Haruki Murakami – A Primer

One of the most frequently posed questions for me to answer in the capacity of a reader has been “How to read Haruki Murakami?” Mind you this is a question that is neither inane nor innocuous. There seem to be only two categories of readers in this contemporary world, those who abhor Murakami and those …

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Lessons of Life – A valuable experience worth the pain

Today I saw a very interesting question on Quora, the online forum for knowledge and information exchange. It went something like this (approximately), “Have you experienced any hardship in life?” This is a question that is extremely pertinent to the harrowing time that I am going through at present. On the 7th of June, 2017, …

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COMMERCIALISM IN A CONVEYANCE

It took an operational anomaly in the unseen workings of the Light Railway Transport (“LRT”) system in Malaysia for the full impact of rampant consumerism to sink into me. On a sunny Thursday morning, I wound my way up a crowded escalator onto an even crowded platform for what was supposed to be my routine …

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LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER

LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER India on the 5th of September every year (since 1962) honours one of its most illustrious sons, the former President Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan by celebrating his birthday, designating the day as Teacher’s Day. Dr.Radhakrishnan was a tireless academic, a renowned philosopher and a selfless teacher. Every one of us …

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