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Montaigne’s back room

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 3 comments

In these days of solitary confinement, this correspondent remembers a one-time lawyer and courtier in 16th century France who inscribed a few lines in Latin on a pillar of his study that read like this: “…. on the last day of February, his birthday, Michael de Montaigne, long weary of the servitude of the court and of public employments, while still...

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That Vital Need for the Pestilence-stricken Multitude

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life’s as cheap as beast’s . . . Thus exploded the raging King Lear in Shakespeare’s play when he realised that his two daughters were trying to deprive him of all that represented his identity. The king’s daughters were...

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Confinement, isolation and Marcel Proust

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

To ……….. In these days of government recommended social isolation, we have days, may be months, to meditate on the benefits of inaction. It is nothing new though for the ‘magnum opus’ of the French author (bearing the title of À la recherche du temps perdu) mentioned in the title of this piece has also been translated as ‘In Search of...

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Postural reflections

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Ours is a downcast generation. It appears that soon the entire humanity would curl up. By wedging the buttocks in an armchair facing a screen, the homo sapiens is shrivelled. Back problems are the evil of this century. From osteopathy to treadmills in workplaces, resistance is planned so human bodies may recover from bad postures. The Macintosh and the...

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A Chronicle of Wasted Time

A Chronicle of Wasted Time

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Miscellaneous Jottings, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you need to attend to a phone call, an email, a Whatsapp message or a Facebook post, do not waste your time glancing at this post for, at the end of it, this may take you nowhere. It is not my wish to add to your own chronicle of wasted time and this essay is not for those who try to extract significant profit out of all they do. They won’t turn...

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Some Asleep, Others Wide Awake

Some Asleep, Others Wide Awake

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Don’t consider this narrator heartless on getting to the end of this post. It is not his intention to blame or condemn a person. He shares here how the memory of something that happened long ago —  an old event or a forgotten anecdote helps us to bear difficulty or pain with a beaming face. Are you envious of a solitary translator working from...

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