Want to Witness True Happiness? Go to an Airport

I am a huge fan of the movie Love Actually. It’s my Christmas season staple. I watch it at least once a year, and subconsciously, my screening criteria for the inner circle of close friends is them having the same level, if not more, admiration for the movie.  So naturally, I carry it everywhere with meContinue reading “Want to Witness True Happiness? Go to an Airport”

Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut: Summary and Review

Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Miss Temptation was first published in the 1950s by Saturday Evening Post. It also appeared later in an anthology called Welcome to the Monkey House.  Miss Temptation by Vonnegut: Summary and Plot Analysis Miss Temptation, if the name doesn’t give it away, revolves around a temptress, a young actress named Susanna, who lives in aContinue reading “Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut: Summary and Review”

The Last Leaf by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Last Leaf is one of the most popular short stories penned by O.Henry. First published in the early 1900s, this was part of his short story collection, The Trimmed Lamp. The Last Leaf by O Henry: Summary and Plot Analysis The story, set in Greenwich village, revolves around the lives of two young female artists –Continue reading “The Last Leaf by O.Henry: Summary, Analysis and Review”

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”

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?”

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”

A Little Joke by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

This is the time of the year when love is everywhere, absolutely everywhere!  You just can’t miss the red roses, the greeting cards lining up the aisles everywhere you go. You might also be getting those subtle hints from your partner, your love interest, in anticipation of the gifts they are expecting, come the 14thContinue reading “A Little Joke by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

Spring by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis

Gustav Mahler, the famous Austro-Bohemian romantic composer, once said: “Spring won’t let me stay in the house any longer. I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” I see myself nodding at this; I bet you do, too, in all likelihood. But not Chekhov’s protagonist from his short story called the Spring. This excerptContinue reading “Spring by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis”

Anguish by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

My son’s dead, but I’m alive…It’s a wonder, death mixed up the doors, instead of coming to me, she went to my son… This excerpt from Chekhov’s short story Anguish explores the themes of grief, loneliness, and poverty in an indifferent society. The story is one of his earlier works published in 1886. It is also availableContinue reading “Anguish by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

An Educated Blockhead by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

I don’t know about you, but I have had the privilege of seeing many of these creatures over the years—more than I would like.  Having said that, I think I have the full potential to be one, too; I have proven to myself on occasions that I might be worthy of the crown. Hopefully, thatContinue reading “An Educated Blockhead by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”