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A Vision by the Rivers of Babylon

In the year 586 BC, the Jewish nation was carried away into captivity by the Babylonians. Eleven years before the destruction of Jerusalem, Ezekiel (Heb. “God will strengthen”), the son of a priest named Buzi, was taken to Babylon in the captivity of Jehoiachin. 2,425 more words

Culture & Society

Hyderabad: A Different Kind of Love Story

It recently came to my attention that people might not know what Hyderabad is.

In the short story that I just submitted for publication last Thursday (pray for me!), I decided to make the protagonist a Hyderabadi Muslim girl, not unlike myself. 1,135 more words

Family & Relationships

I-Nag-Na-In-An-Um: Routine, Habit, Accident and the Other Meanings of Tagalog Affixes

…..A way of teaching translation and language – based on the linguistic notion of focus (on the subject or object of an action) — does not quite capture the full essence of Tagalog and its conjugation system for verbs.  2,336 more words

Asian Studies

Twilight At Noon

So The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse struggles with resignations and credibility, while Penguin Books announces it is publishing “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the Maquis deSade.  423 more words

Understanding Others

Thinking Fast, and Slow

Thinking Fast, and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Synopsis: In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. 251 more words


Apocalypse 2016

I’m glad that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the presidential nominees.


Let me clarify – I say this not because either candidate is necessarily good for the country, but because this election has revealed so many ideological, moral, and existential crises that need to be grappled with. 1,535 more words



In this room, hours pass, a slight

corruption of each previous

allotted time block—and probably

confirm failure and humiliation,

which though not ideal, I accept… 160 more words

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