The Mayor of Casterbridge

“Happiness [is] but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.” This quote from the book perfectly describes the story. Moments of true happiness are few and far between the alcoholism, business failure, loss of rank and brutal heartbreak. But what else can you expect from the blunt Victorian realist whose books sometimes were so controversial that they had to be sold in brown … Continue reading The Mayor of Casterbridge


 “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”    Once I finished reading Foundation, this quote stuck to my mind and comes up every time I watch the news. The source of this ever relevant quote is Isaac Asimov’s seminal work Foundation, a science fiction novel which transcends the barrier of sci-fi and talks to the reader from sociological, political, historical, scientific, and religious points … Continue reading Foundation


A Philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.   Good Omens was the first book that I read which was written, in this case partially, by Neil Gaiman. After reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, my … Continue reading Stardust

Harambe and humanity

Harambe has taken the internet by storm. Let me rephrase that, the untimely death of Harambe has taken the internet by storm. People have criticized the Cincinnati Zoo and the parents of the child, while zoos around the world have supported the decision of the Cincinnati zookeepers. I am no zookeeper to analyse the situation professionally and opine whether they did the right thing or … Continue reading Harambe and humanity