Making It Through Hard Times: Books, Movies and Rumi’s Poetry

It has been a difficult week for me. A bad cold, a sore throat and nasal blockage wouldn’t let me sleep at night. Every muscle and joint of my body was aching. Even the slightest work seemed to require a huge effort. Sometimes I just wished to leave everything and go somewhere far away, whereContinue reading “Making It Through Hard Times: Books, Movies and Rumi’s Poetry”

Confessions of a Bookworm

I am a book-lover, which means I am not only a voracious reader, but also a book collector. One of my sisters called me a book connoisseur. I was pleased to hear that, but only I know the reality. I am a book-dragon! I hoard books like a dragon hoards gold in ancient tales. IContinue reading “Confessions of a Bookworm”

Welcoming Autumn with Nostalgia, and Poetry of Keats

What makes the season of autumn so special? Perhaps it is the transitory nature of autumn. The last breath of summer mingles with the first breath of winter and creates pleasant autumn breeze. Autumn is the time when the earth prepares to go to sleep after the harvest, under the blanket of the approaching winter.Continue reading “Welcoming Autumn with Nostalgia, and Poetry of Keats”

The Dream of the Rood: Where Paganism Meets Christianity

I came to know about ‘The Dream of the Rood’ when I was exploring the oldest works in English language. Students of English Literature have probably studied this in their course. It is a poem written in Old English, which was quite different from the English we read today. I read a modern translation of the poem online, and marveled at the beauty of it. Like most of the Anglo-Saxon poems, it is written in alliterative verse. It is one of the most important literary works in Old English which have survived till date.