Darkness Will Never Be My Old Friend

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The night sky has always fascinated me, and so when I heard of the Perseids meteor shower and that it would be at its peak last weekend, I decided to take a shot at it despite Edinburgh’s cloudy skies. The cloud cover was uncannily reduced on Sunday night and although the best night would have […]

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Spirit of the Game

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My dad always said that to be a jack of all and master of none would be the saddest thing. He said to achieve excellence, focus and polish one thing. He said do at which you’re best. It’s true what he said. It always worked for me. I have a passion in life which I […]

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The Idea of Success

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The idea of success has definitely changed for me. And while it is something that will constantly change over time, I think it is important to direct it in a way so that it becomes, ‘to be able to lead a happier life’. Happier in the sense that you choose to do things, shape your […]

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The Problem of What to Do With a Woman

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In the past few days, I have watched two old Hindi movies: Guide, released in 1965, and Aradhna, released in 1969. While obviously, one is not supposed to take these movies as true to life, we can still acknowledge, to some degree, that in cinema, characters and attitudes would be reflective of the lives of […]

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Language is a funny thing

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“Five rupees for every word in Hindi,” the teacher would say, “you will be fined five rupees for every word spoken in Hindi.” That is how we were taught to speak in English. At nine or ten, we knew the theory of it, we knew how most words were spelt and written, we knew them […]

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The Limitations of Language

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Perhaps it’s time to start considering yourself lucky in life if you think that you are unable to express what you are feeling, that words keep falling short, and that language is inadequate to articulate your experience. A lot of literary theory talks about the limitations of language, about how it is simply not enough […]

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Grip on Reality

Perhaps we learn something invaluable about our own selves every time we meet new people. Each of us creates a customized system for ourselves through which we navigate the world; we build that system through our experiences, the kind of people we surround ourselves with, the exposure to others’ views we receive, the socialization we […]

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2017

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I haven’t taken any new year’s resolutions for the past few years, but this time the idea seems appealing. It’s a chance to resolve to do things, and I don’t want to pass up on that. These are my new year resolutions: 1.  Focus on health: It’s been a struggle all my life, but this year […]

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Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Walk

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The leaves in the meadows are now yellow and brown. They crinkle at the slightest touch, and are gathered around the elm trees that perimeter the grass, which covers the ground like rich, green velvet, cut through only by dark grey, concrete pathways. We walk on the pathways because the grass is always wet. The […]

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