50 Incredible Novels Under 200 Pages

Pretty quick reads for an avid reader are here…’The old Man & the Sea’, ‘Animal Farm’, et cetera et cetera 🙂

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Springtime can make even the most devoted of readers a little bit antsy. After all, there are flowers to smell, puddles to jump in, fresh love to kindle. You still want to have a novel in your pocket — just maybe one that doesn’t require quite so epic an attention span. Never fear: after the jump, you will find 50 incredible novels under 200 pages (editions vary, of course, so there’s a little leeway) that are suitable for this or any season. For simplicity’s sake, the list makes no distinction between novel and novella, excludes children’s books, and only allows one novel per author. Read on to find a book to divert your springtime attentions, and since there are way more than 50 incredible short novels out there in the world, add any favorites missing here in the comments.

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Intuitio Scientificto.

Intuition. Gut feel. Whatever one might call it.

Intuition is what one feels about something from within without himself knowing why he feels so.

I read today in an article that intuition may not be a purely out-of-the-blues-I-feel thing. A research shows that intuition can be domain-specific, i.e. one can be very intuitive about one thing but blank on another topic. I too have observed the same.

Intuition is about the brain’s ability to pick up on certain recurring patterns; the more we are exposed to a particular domain of activity the more familiar we become with the relevant patterns.

So, intuition after all is not as unconscious a thing as it looks like. It, in fact, looks like the involuntary background work of one’s brain before yielding a decision based on past occurrences.

 

 

The sons of Shadow

 

I walk past thee
The sons of Shadow.
Through the misty realms
unto the end of sorrow.

The unguided paths
thou guide me into
through the roads less tread
where victory awaits me.

For valor and honor
none less I want, none more I seek.
Hearken to my spirit
molded by fire, undaunted by death
cast upon thee vengeance
and emerge a free will…

 

PS : self composed

 

The ‘why’ behind procrastination!

This is strange…strangely strange. A moment ago I was power-packed to do this piece of work, and now I can’t figure out why I am not doing it! It happens with a lot of us, procrastinating again and gain, moment after moment, and gradually sinking ourselves into the depths of laziness.

I can tell you with my years of experience in the ‘art’ of procrastination, that I am finding it really hard to write this blog since my ‘active mind’, which is urging me to write this blog, is in constant contention with my ‘lazy mind’, which is repeatedly asking me as to why the hell I am writing this. You see, such is the beauty of procrastination. It might engulf you to the extent that one day you all of a sudden start building on the notion that ‘sab moh-maya hai’, i.e. ‘all work is secondary and fruitless’!

As I am writing this down, I am thinking of what could be the potential reasons for explaining the phenomenon of procrastination, and I can think if this…

  1.  You have a feeling that doing what you feel to will in any way not yield any immediate result. eg., you are thinking about writing down a poem…you have an idea…you know how to begin…but before lifting up the pen, you feel that you aren’t going to become any poet even if you finish writing the poem. You feel that your poem is not going to impact the people around you anyway, that it wont create a difference, and so you give up.
  2. You are not able to think of how your deeds of today will be yielding fruits in the future. In short, you can’t see the big picture. If I am thinking of working-out since tomorrow morning, and I cannot think of how in several months time I will be fit as ever, I won’t begin to work-out! The good future is there, waiting to be unveiled by your simple acts.
  3. My ‘lazy mind’ is winning over my ‘active mind’ and so I can no more think over!!
  4. I give up.

That’s pretty much about it, my philosophy on procrastination. Hoping to hear your views on the same. It kind of gives comfort, you know 😉

The Lone Companion

reflectioned

the two ways,
the two journeys,
imprinting on the thread of time
so delicately, so intricately

one, through the past
through the mire of thoughts
through the future
through the endless apprehensions
through the times I’ve lived
dead in the world through the same times…
other, through the visage
through what is seen
yet what is not
through what is revealed
veiled but remains
the inner chaos pacified
all but a vain…

through the thick, thin through I’ve emerged
into a field, extends beyond my cognition
the frontiers I know not
the seeable I see not
the murky my conscience
the fathomable I reach not
only you I see, see me in you
my lonesome companion
transcending the cognitive
entering the physical
to the world you carry
my only harbinger
lest I be dead
in me you live
I live in you

my only hope…be with me
my precious tears…I…

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Book Review – ‘An Uncertain Glory’ by Amartya Sen & Jean Dreze

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A keen and comprehensive study of the current economic and social status of India, Nobel laureate Mr. Amartya Sen along with renowned economist Mr. Jean Dreze have illustrated with such finesse the canvas of Indian development.

‘India has been climbing up the ladder of per capita income while slipping down the slope of social indicators.’

Comparing India with two of the most human deprived regions i.e., South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, India doesn’t stand at a much farther position on several social indicators. In fact, based on gross national income per capita , India is just above 15 most poorest countries outside sub-Saharan Africa. India needs to go a long way down the road of development.

‘Corruption has become such an endemic feature of the Indian administration and commercial life that in some parts of the country nothing moves in the intended direction unless the palm of the deliverer is greased.’

The big setback to the growth of Indian societies is the widespread disparities feasting on the ignorance of people. Caste, religion, language, etc., which were to keep us united, are now used as weapon by the malefactors of the society to play their cards and turn the fortunes of us. Another deficiency in the Indian working systems is the absence of accountability. It is when our representatives in the democracy as well as the incumbents at levels of decentralization aren’t answerable to us or to the apex institutions of governance that the roots of corruption start spreading. By the time we gain senses, the tree of corruption has taken a grotesque shape and we can do nothing but savor its fruits where we needed to condemn it at a primal stage.

All in all, the book puts the very facets of Indian governance and societies to the scrutiny of the citizens and this makes it a 5-starrer for me. Every person who wants to get acquainted with the same should grab a copy and savor the journey down the 287 pages of realization. 🙂

The Lone Companion

the two ways,
the two journeys,
imprinting on the thread of time
so delicately, so intricately

one, through the past
through the mire of thoughts
through the future
through the endless apprehensions
through the times I’ve lived
dead in the world through the same times…
other, through the visage
through what is seen
yet what is not
through what is revealed
veiled but remains
the inner chaos pacified
all but a vain…

through the thick, thin through I’ve emerged
into a field, extends beyond my cognition
the frontiers I know not
the seeable I see not
the murky my conscience
the fathomable I reach not
only you I see, see me in you
my lonesome companion
transcending the cognitive
entering the physical
to the world you carry
my only harbinger
lest I be dead
in me you live
I live in you

my only hope…be with me
my precious tears…I be with you.