The Dead by James Joyce: Review and Analysis

The Dead is a part of James Joyce’s short story collection called The Dubliners, first published in 1914. The Dead is one of the most celebrated short stories of James Joyce, frequently adapted into plays and movies. It had a broad appeal – in and outside Ireland. The Dead by James Joyce: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens inContinue reading “The Dead by James Joyce: Review and Analysis”

Are You a Beach-Person or a Mountain-Person?

I have learned to understand that clickbaits are all around us. My daily visits to streaming platforms have taught me more than what I need to know to steer clear of those. Or that’s what I would like to think. But I fall for them at least a couple of times a week. After all,Continue reading “Are You a Beach-Person or a Mountain-Person?”

I already know where you are going, my dear!

There is a look about tourists, is there not? There is something in their manner that gives them away. It also helps that they are usually found in ‘the spots’ of the city; which makes the art of spotting them seem effortless. All that to say, I got a good taste of being spotted asContinue reading “I already know where you are going, my dear!”

A Painful Case by James Joyce: Summary and Review

Friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse. If you thought this was straight from the Meg Ryan-movie When Harry met Sally, you are as wrong as I was. This is a quote from a short story A Painful Case by famed Irish author James Joyce.  This was featured in his short storyContinue reading “A Painful Case by James Joyce: Summary and Review”

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome: Summary and Review

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is a humorous account by the renowned British author Jerome K Jerome, detailing a boating holiday spanning a couple of weeks.  Funnily enough, the book was initially meant to be written as a serious travel guide, but the comic element in the presentation ended upContinue reading “Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome: Summary and Review”

It’s not personal, it’s just business… but is it, really?

There is a good chance you know what I am talking about. Great chance if you are a movie buff or an avid reader.  The Godfather. Now I must admit, I never read the book myself, but the movies were so good that I thought the book wouldn’t be able to beat the charm –Continue reading “It’s not personal, it’s just business… but is it, really?”

Sorry, what did Betty buy again?

For some reason, someone decided that the best way for a person to perfect English pronunciation was to hone their skill in tongue twisters.  After all, what other way to royally mark your rite of passage to the world of fluent native speakers than: Being able to give a perfect account of a lady sellingContinue reading “Sorry, what did Betty buy again?”

How in the world do movie-people kick doors open so easily?!

I have been watching a lot of crime/investigation shows lately, and it has been messing with me.  No, it’s not the rampant gore that gets to me, thanks to my palms-to-eye coordination. Those babies are always on standby, deployed efficiently, at the slightest cue from the suspenseful background score. It’s the doors.  Yes, you readContinue reading “How in the world do movie-people kick doors open so easily?!”

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” – The Godfather

I keep watching and re-watching the Godfather trilogy; I must admit that the third one isn’t as regular of a re-run for me as the other two.  There are plenty of timeless Marlon Brando dialogues – delivered with immaculate precision in the movie.  But the post is not about him.  The post is about AlContinue reading ““Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” – The Godfather”