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Writing Descriptively – Primary School-style

I teach English to kids.  It’s gloriously fun.  You’re handed a kid who is terrified of his pen and you try to insert some education.  Sometimes, all you get at the end is a less incompetent linguist.  Which is just fine, by the way.  Other times, though, you get profusions […] Read more »

Agnes Nitt from Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Agnes Nitt Meets Our World

This post will only make sense to Terry Pratchett fans. If you enjoy Discworld as much as I do, make sure you switch on your Smugness before you read on.  After all, why waste a good opportunity to smug it up?  You got the reference, champ! So, remember the witches […] Read more »

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The Joys in Life

You know what brings joy to life, a smile to the face, and warmth to the soul?  Yes, the breeze on a hot summer day, no doubt.  And the laughter of an innocent child, true.  Okay, you can have your hug from a loved one as well.  But besides all […] Read more »

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The Weirdest Book I Own

The other day, I received an unexpected package from Amazon.  A book that is, without doubt, the weirdest book I own. L’apéritif a.k.a. The Title Did you know that Anthony Bourdain has written a graphic novel?  Neither did I until the postlady delivered it to my doorstep.  Imagine my bemusement […] Read more »

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Tweetiquette

Some time ago, I signed up for Twitter (@ManasiMajaama).  Their algorithms suggested my life was a barren wasteland that would be much improved by following @StephenFry.  The algorithms were right.  In one of his tweets, Fry suggested a website where I finally found good tickets for his soldout performance as […] Read more »

Shakuntala in Amar Chitra Katha's Mahabharata

Don’t Read Amar Chitra Katha as an Adult

Sometime last year, I came across a beautiful hardbound box-set of the Mahabharata by Amar Chitra Katha. Obviously, I melted into remembrances of things past.  Misspent youth, neighbourhood kids, gulli-danda, all of that.  Not that I even know what gulli-danda is, mind you, but it sounds more sentimental than Catch-Catch.  […] Read more »