Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are: Theodore Roosevelt

As simple as these words sound, the impact that they have when you let them sink in is profound. Have you seen one of those people that are constantly in their future, either imagining it in all its glory or dreading it? I have. I am one of those people. This is what my dayContinue reading “Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are: Theodore Roosevelt”

Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang: Summary and Review

Story of Your Life is a science fiction short story written by Ted Chiang. It was first published 1998. The story revolves around a renowned linguist and how she makes a breakthrough in communicating with the aliens that have landed all over the world in massive spaceships. This story received many accolades and shot toContinue reading “Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang: Summary and Review”

A Man Who Carries a Cat by the Tail Learns Something He Can Learn in No Other Way: Mark Twain

When I first came across this quote, a short film started playing in my head: Someone (not me, I promise!) is carrying a cat by its tail; the cat, seeing that its upside down, is understandably confused and angry, violently lunging to attain a normal posture. After several attempts, it finally manages to strike theContinue reading “A Man Who Carries a Cat by the Tail Learns Something He Can Learn in No Other Way: Mark Twain”

Many People Die at 25 and Aren’t Buried Until They are 75: Benjamin Franklin

Did you understand the meaning of this quote when you first read it in the title? To be honest, I didn’t. In fact, when I first read this famous quote by Benjamin Franklin (an American scientist, inventor, politician and the man whose face is printed on the US dollar), I thought I read it wrong.Continue reading “Many People Die at 25 and Aren’t Buried Until They are 75: Benjamin Franklin”

You Don’t Drown by Falling in Water; You Drown by Staying There: E.L Cole

If the same analogy is to apply to the situation that the world finds itself in, what’s the next step? COVID-19 has affected everyday lives of people around the world. We are all drowning in the news coming from all directions. We are drowning in depressing news of people dying, doctors having to make choicesContinue reading “You Don’t Drown by Falling in Water; You Drown by Staying There: E.L Cole”

Wound Is The Place Where Light Enters You – Rumi

Sadness, disappointment, anguish, hopelessness… We, being humans, are prone to feeling these emotions more frequently than we would like to admit. The triggers that could lead us to this pit are too many to count. Loss of a loved one, struggle with a chronic illness, a crippling disability, lack of financial resources, one or manyContinue reading “Wound Is The Place Where Light Enters You – Rumi”

I Like Work; It Fascinates Me. I Can Sit and Look At It For Hours: Meaning and My Take

Jerome K Jerome is known for a lot of things. And being funny is right on top. I was surfing the web randomly one fine day – I chanced upon this quote by Jerome K Jerome: “I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” Mind you, this wasContinue reading “I Like Work; It Fascinates Me. I Can Sit and Look At It For Hours: Meaning and My Take”

What Does Not Kill You, Makes You Stronger: Meaning and My Take

These words from Friedrich Nietzsche have inspired many of us over the years – and like a perfectly-aged whiskey, they have only gotten better. The times that we find ourselves in today amid the COVID-19 crisis, these words are more powerful than ever before : What does not kill you, makes you stronger. Here, letContinue reading “What Does Not Kill You, Makes You Stronger: Meaning and My Take”

Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King: Summary, Analysis and Review

Drunken Fireworks is a short story written by Stephen King. It was first released as an audio book in 2015 as one of the stories in a short fiction novel titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  Stephen King mentions an anecdote with this short story, wherein an old woman, recognizing him at a grocery store,Continue reading “Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Stone Boy: Short Story Summary, Analysis and Review

The Stone boy is a short story by Gina Berriault. It was first published in 1957 in Mademoiselle magazine. The story revolves around a nine-year-old boy who accidentally shoots his older brother, but is freakishly calm about it later on. The short story catapulted its author, Gina Berriault, to international fame when the story wasContinue reading “The Stone Boy: Short Story Summary, Analysis and Review”