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Heritage, Countee Cullen

Found many poems, scribbled on scraps of yellowing paper, squirreled away in drawers. Saving it here before Meera rips it to shreds. What is Africa to me: Copper sun or scarlet sea, Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regal black Women from whose loins I sprang When the birds of Eden sang? […]

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Spring in Boston

The days that used to lie curled up, numbed by penetrating frost, bit by bit stretch out their limbs now that winter’s past. ~ Sri Dharanidhara from Vidyadhara’s Subhaashita Ratnakosha Translated from the Sanskrit by Daniel HH Ingalls, Harvard University Press The original verses were composed between the 8th and 10th century. Vidyadhara probably compiled […]

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Bookshelves

When I left India, I left behind my collections of Chandamama, Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys, Louis L'Armour, Alistair Maclean and many others. Also left behind boxes of Amar Chitra Katha, Commando, Tintin and scores of other comics. On these shores my collection sprouted anew. But every time we moved, it was easier to give away […]

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Listening to Maya Angelou’s A Song Flung Up To Heaven

Listening: What it means to me If a case has to be made for audiobooks, it is definitely when authors narrate their own works. Authors ensure tonal changes are exactly as they intend, and the listener need not rely on interpretations of a narrator. And Maya Angelou makes a superb case for audiobooks. I just […]

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I’d Pick More Daisies

I’d Pick More Daisies If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I know very few things I would take seriously. I would take more chances. I would be […]

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Maya Angelou

If you ever get an opportunity to hear Maya Angelou speak, jump to it! You will remember it for the rest of your life. I heard her speak about 5 years ago, and by the end of her lecture I was reduced to tears. She is the best. Or read her books. You will feel […]

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