Aug 5, 2012

Hurried trip to avoid a Bad star - M. Lilla and C. Bishop Barry

American geographers M. Lilla and C. Bishop Barry in their essay Hurried trip to avoid a Bad Star present an exploration of Karnali zone of western Nepal on foot for 15 months. This essay was published as a visit report in The National Geographic as Karnali, The road less World of Western Nepal in 1971. The writers in this essay describe the life account of Karnali zone people, their daily life, their tradition and culture, their lack of awareness about environmental preservation and Karnali zone’s economic dependency with the plain region of south Nepal.

Hansel and Gretel - Grimm Brothers and Others

A poor woodcutter used to live with his second wife and two children called Hansel and Gretel. Once, when the country was in famine father was really in trouble to maintain the family. But his wife was not worried even a little about the children. She rather insisted her husband to desert them into the dense forest. The woodcutter did not like the idea but he had to accept his wife’s proposal.
The children overheard their parents and Hansel collected jacket full of shiny pebbles. The next morning, he dropped the pebbles on the way while going to the forest. When they reached the middle of the forest, the parents collected firewood, kindled fire and left the children promising to return soon with firewood.
The children soon fell asleep. When they woke up, it was already dark. Gretel began to cry and Hansel consoled her.
As the moon shone in the sky, they saw the pebbles shining brightly. Following the trail of pebbles they finally reached their home.

The Boarding House - James Joyce

James Joyce in the story The Boarding House recollects his own days of youth in Dublin by drawing the characters of Mr. Doran and Mrs. Mooney.
Mrs. Mooney was a butcher’s daughter who married to the foreman of his father’s meat shop. After the death of her father, her husband started drinking alcohol and spending monkey from the shop. He started quarrelling with Mrs. Mooney in the presence of customers and soon ruined the business by selling bad meat. Once her husband chased her with large knife in order to kill her and she had to protect herself by hiding in neighbours house. After that incident, Mrs. Mooney left her husband, sold the meat shop and started a boarding house.

Aug 2, 2012

The Gardener - Rudyard Kipling

"The Gardener" is the story to be read in between lines. It was written by Rudyard Kipling. It well-written story with such a great craftsmanship and surprise ending that the readers find it necessary to go through the second reading and make readjustment in the relation between one and the other character. In other words, the end of the story acts as a switchback to the beginning of the story for the re-reading.

The story deals with the life of Michael who is said to have been the child of unmarried couple George Turell, an inspector of Indian police and the daughter of a retired non-commissioned officer. It is said that George Turell died of a fall from a horse in India a few weeks before Michael was born. After that, as admitted by George’s sister Miss Helen Turell, who had been to south of France for her lung trouble took the charge of the child.

Aug 1, 2012

On The vanity of earthly greatness - Arthur Guiterman

"On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness" is a modern poem written by an American poet Arthur Guiterman. It is a flawless poem, which shows the remorselessness of time and the vanity of human greatness.

Through this poem, the poet announces his philosophy of life or outlook that all those entities that symbolize earthly grandeur, greatness and power such as the tusks of mastodons, the sword of Charlemagne the Just, the grizzly bear, great Caesar etc. will be reduced in course of time into things of non-entity.

The Six Million Dollar Man - Harold J. Morowitz

Harold J Morowitz in his essay “The Six Million Dollar Man” examines the value of chemicals present in human body and arrives at a conclusion that human body is indeed invaluable.

Once the writer received a birthday greetings card where it was written that the material value of human body was worth only 97 cents. Being a scientist himself, the writer becomes curious and decided to examine the statement with the help of catalogues given to him by biochemical companies. He calculated various human body chemicals ranging from three dollars to 17 crore 50 lakh dollar per gram and discovered that the average value of human body chemical was $245.54 per gram. Further calculation brought the value of human body chemicals over six million dollar. On discovering this fact that he was a six million dollar man, the writer felt a great up graduation in his ego. Being a scientist, the writer calculated the human body chemicals in the highest informational and purified form whereas in the 97 cents figure printed on the birthday card, the calculation was done in the poorest informational state and for unpurified block of chemicals only.