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Manual Connections

Manual Connections

The Carpenter by Frans Mortelmans. (artwork can be purchased at www.passionforpainting.com) Lack of experience diminishes our power of taking a comprehensive view of the admitted facts.  Hence those who dwell in intimate association with nature and its phenomena are more able to lay down principles such as to admit of a wide and coherent development; while those … Continue reading

The Millipede and the Songbirds

The Millipede and the Songbirds

“Story is metaphor for life and life is lived in time.” -Robert McKee, author of Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principle of Scriptwriting One of the ‘homework’ I have to do while preparing to teach a class about scriptwriting is to read Robert McKee’s book on the subject. The book, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and … Continue reading

The man and the forest

The man and the forest

This is a story a friend of mine shared with me a few days ago: A man set out on a journey through a forest. After walking a short distance, he tripped and fell. It didn’t hurt much; just some minor scratches. He picked himself up and walked again. It wasn’t long before he tripped … Continue reading

Further down the Trackless Path

Further down the Trackless Path

I. And so it has come to pass, as quietly as it has begun. The book launch for my book Trackless Paths this Saturday went ahead without much fanfare. Just a small gathering of friends at a cafe belonging to a friend of my publisher Hoe Fang. Hoe Fang gave a short speech; I gave … Continue reading

Nothing gained? Good!

Nothing gained? Good!

Nothing much to say I guess, Just the same as all the rest, Tryin’ to throw your arms around the world. – Lyrics to the song Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World , by U2 It’s been nearly two months since my last entry. Between then and now, a lot has happened. I had … Continue reading

The silence in the darkness

The silence in the darkness

I am scared of the dark. Or rather, of being alone in the dark. You can say that this could be a biological relic handed down from our prehistoric ancestors who had very good reasons not to feel safe at night. For it is at night where fearsome predators prowl and hunt. But my fear … Continue reading

Falling and flying

Falling and flying

“Funny how falling feels like flying, for a while.” Lyrics to “Fallin’ and Flyin’”, from the soundtrack of ‘Crazy Heart’ I never really learnt how to swim until I was fourteen, although my father did try to teach me when I was six years old. I remembered how he would support me with his arms, … Continue reading

Thaipusam 2013

Thaipusam 2013

“Hinduism is about joy, but it never forgets the struggle.” Karen Armstrong, writer, academic Thaipusam is a Hindu thanksgiving celebration, in honour of Lord Subrahmanya (also known as Lord Murugan) the favored deity among Tamil Hindus. There are many stories about Lord Murugan, but the most popular account is that he was created by Shiva … Continue reading