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Buddhism and Elections in Myanmar

Why am I writing a blog on Myanmar (also called Burma)? What has it got to do with Pakistan or the ancient Indus civilization?

Myanmar is a Buddhist country, in a few previous blogs I have already explained that Buddhism represents a resilient nonviolent philosophy which may have originated in Pakistan’s remote past. 719 more words

The Place Where Prayer Becomes Friendly

If I were God, I wouldn’t listen to people like me. That’s what I thought when, late in high school, I was new to serious Christianity. 922 more words


R K Narayan's 'The Dark Room'

Somerset Maugham happened to read the novel and was interested to meet Narayan when he visited South India. Unfortunately Narayan was still a rising star and their paths didn’t cross.

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Dictionary: Shake It Up


“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.”

— Somerset Maugham
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Book Review: 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias

Some people seek the meaning of life; for writers an understanding of plot becomes the ultimate intellectual goal. As anyone who has attempted fiction writing knows, comprehending it can be as challenging as finding life’s ultimate purpose. 639 more words

Book Reviews

Strange Oasis

‘Looking together united them.’

Recently I went to The Moon and Sixpence and back again. I’m glad I did it—even though it was a book I hadn’t cared for the first time.

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