Why the Hell am I So Bad at Ice Breakers?

“Ice-breaker” I don’t know why, but when I think of this term, the first image that comes to my mind is a completely flushed face, extremely cold hands, and a racing heart—all mine. For those of you who aren’t aware of what these are, I envy you and then offer you a little bit ofContinue reading “Why the Hell am I So Bad at Ice Breakers?”

Better to Trip With the Feet Than With the Tongue – Zeno

Tripping. If only they handed out degrees for that thing, I am sure I would now be prefixing my name with a Dr.  I tried to take the easy way out and pin it to a genetic fault – one that made me prone to tripping, but after weeks of ogling away at my parents’ movements,Continue reading “Better to Trip With the Feet Than With the Tongue – Zeno”

A Dollar’s Worth by O.Henry: Summary and Analysis

This short story by O.Henry, published in the early 1900s, explores the theme of justice, compassion, and love. A Dollar’s Worth: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens with a letter. The letter is a threat from one of the convicts to the judge Mr. Derwent, who had presided over the case leading to hisContinue reading “A Dollar’s Worth by O.Henry: Summary and Analysis”

For The Folks Who Take TOO LONG to Order Food

I was rewatching the standup bit by John Pinette the other day – the one in which he expresses resentment against people that can’t decide what to get from the menu. He just wants them to get out of the line and let the others get served.  I love the bit, mostly because I love John PinetteContinue reading “For The Folks Who Take TOO LONG to Order Food”

A Retrieved Reformation by O Henry: Summary and Analysis

Originally called Retrieved Reform, this short story was first published more than a century ago in Cosmopolitan magazine.  A Retrieved Reformation: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens in prison, where an inmate, Jimmy Valentine, is diligently working in the prison shoe shop. The man is serving a four-year sentence but is freed much earlier, apparently owing to hisContinue reading “A Retrieved Reformation by O Henry: Summary and Analysis”

The Ransom of the Red Chief by O Henry: Summary and Review

In 10 minutes, I shall cross the central, southern, and middle western states and be legging it trippingly for the Canadian border. What comes to mind when you read this? Hot air balloons? Spaceships? Science fiction? The answer will come to you in the form of Ransom of the Red Chief, a short story by celebratedContinue reading “The Ransom of the Red Chief by O Henry: Summary and Review”

Would You Keep Your Promise to Meet Someone Years Later?

Every now and then, I feel drawn to a particular genre of movies. Movies, where the lead characters of the same or the opposite sex make a pact to meet at a mutually agreed location sometime in the future. Sometimes in a month, some years, and sometimes in a decade or more.  The most recentContinue reading “Would You Keep Your Promise to Meet Someone Years Later?”

Where Would You Hang This Picture in Your Apartment?

If you are a creature known to browse the internet in your spare time, identifying (web)surfing as a hobby, there is a good chance that you have come across this picture- ”Lunch atop a skyscraper.”  For those who haven’t, fret not; I used to be the same as you until a year ago. Why that does/doesn’tContinue reading “Where Would You Hang This Picture in Your Apartment?”

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?”