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

A reflection on the dark and macabre nature of Grimms’ ‘household’ tales

A look into what was considered ‘household’ a couple of centuries ago was terrifying, as one would expect to be to look into an attic where generations have dumped stuff; who knows what monster lurks behind the shadows and cobwebs. Reading the household stories written for children in an era where violence is abundant in all sorts of visual media makes one think deeply about … Continue reading A reflection on the dark and macabre nature of Grimms’ ‘household’ tales

Dracula – A Tale of Betrayal

Marking the dawn of Vampire stories, Dracula, though not the first, was one of the foremost works responsible for making the undead a household name. Literally translating to “the dragon” or “the devil”, Dracula is purely evil and malevolent to the core. The question of this malicious, calamitous villain being a betrayed soul arises while searching for the backstory of the character; why is Dracula … Continue reading Dracula – A Tale of Betrayal