Edinburgh: The Healing Power of this Magical City

Edinburgh: The Healing Power of this Magical City

A few pictures from my favourite place on Earth: Edinburgh…..

Edinburgh is a place that I hope to call “home” one day.

Every time I am in Edinburgh, I get this strange feeling of coming back home.

Edinburgh heals my soul – all my worries, all my sadness seem to disappear every time I come here.

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Book Review: Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Book Review: Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Melmoth by Sarah Perry is a tale of moral complexity related to the human condition. Perry’s book draws upon Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin written in 1820 which once was a well-read book with a greater significance.

Perry retells the legend of Melmoth, the loneliest being in this world who wanders across the times and places to lure away the ones who committed the acts of an unconceivable cruelty to wander alongside her for eternity. The guilty who are followed by Melmoth must make a choice between being led into the darkness or living with what they have done or what their actions led to.

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Mexico City: Yearning for a place called ‘home’…

Mexico City: Yearning for a place called ‘home’…

In October 2019 I visited Mexico City – Ciudad de Mexico. It is a magical city, full of colour, vibrant atmosphere where the old meets the new at every corner. It is a beautiful place in all its diversity but also sadly with many inequalities being apparent every step you take.

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Book Review: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Book Review: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

“I would be reading at my desk, something she deemed part and parcel of my job, and considerate as she was, she kept me company but left me undisturbed. We were two solitudes benefiting from a grace that was continuously reinvigorated in each other’s presence, two solitudes who nourished each other.”

“I identify with outsiders, with the alienated or dispossessed. (…) I like men and women who don’t fit well in the dominant culture, or, as Alvaro de Campos calls them, strangers in this place as in every other, accidental in life as in the soul.”

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Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

“The possibility of an immediate and wholesale decimation of civilization was not half as frightening as the simple realization that our individual passing had no impact on the order of things, and life would go on just the same with or without us.”

“We must do what we can to mend our lives, we owe that to ourselves – but we need to be careful not to break others while achieving that.”

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Reflections: On Empathy – Carl Rogers

Reflections: On Empathy – Carl Rogers

“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified: Or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance . . . provides illumination and healing. In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift, one can give to another.”

Carl Rogers
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Book Review: Reunion by Fred Uhlman

Book Review: Reunion by Fred Uhlman

Reunion by Fred Uhlman is such a little book, and depending on the edition, over ninety pages long. It is a story about friendship between two young boys, Konrad and Hans, growing up in Germany of the 1930, where a political landscape was changing drastically. Hans was born into an assimilated Jewish family.

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Reflections: James Baldwin

Reflections: James Baldwin

Books written by James Baldwin have always had a special place in my heart. They helped me to overcome many struggles that I faced as a young immigrant earlier in my life. I cannot express with words how much Baldwin’s writings mean to me. I especially like this quotation below from one of his interviews as it reflects my very own thoughts and it shows one of the reasons why storytelling is so important as a carrier of our shared humanity.

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Book Review: Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Book Review: Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

Mercier, P., Night Train to Lisbon, London: Atlantic Books, 2009
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Book Review: No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel

Book Review: No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel

“It is the duty of those who have survived to bear witness to ensure the dead are not forgotten, nor humble acts of self-sacrifice left unacknowledged.  (…) I dedicate this book to the MEN AND WOMEN OF GOODWILL who, generously, with unfailing courage, opposed the will to violence and resisted to the end.”

Françoise Frenkel, No Place to Lay One’s Head, 2019, Pushkin Press

If you love literature and, in particular, books by Patrick Modiano, you will love this compelling beautifully written memoir, No Place to Lay One’s Head (Rien ou poser sa tete) by a Polish-Jewish enigmatic writer, Françoise Frenkel (1889-1975) with a preface by Patrick Modiano.

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Reflections: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

Reflections: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

“your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.”

‘The Laughing Heart’ by Charles Bukowski

Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

“The path of fiction could easily misled you into the cosmos of stories where everything was fluid, quixotic, and as open to surprises as a moonless night in the desert”

Shafak, E., The Bastard of Istanbul, Penguin Random House UK, 2015, pp. 96 – 97
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