In Light of India by Octavio Paz | Book Review

In Light of India by the Mexican poet and the 1990 Nobel Prize laureate, Octavio Paz is a rich collection of essays on India, packed with ideas, informative, well- researched and lived-through insights, deep ruminations on culture, history, religion, philosophy, society, architecture, languages, Sanskrit poetry and the notion of nationhood and statehood shown through the […]

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The Melancholic Soul of Fernando Pessoa | Reflections

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” A few thoughts from “The Book of Disquiet” by Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935), a Portuguese writer who is the dearest to my heart. Fernando was a Portuguese poet, considered one of the most significant literary figures of the early 20th century, and one of the […]

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Mendel The Bibliophile by Stefan Zweig | Reflections

Below I am sharing with you this quote that I really love about the magic of books, reading and literature. If you have a chance to read a moving short story: ‘Mendel The Bibliophile’ by Stefan Zweig, I would very much encourage you to do so. “Just as an astronomer, alone in an observatory, watches […]

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Yes to Life In Spite of Everything by Viktor E. Frankl | Reflections

I thought to share a little post about ‘Yes To Life’ by Dr Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997) as it might help some of you out there who currently go through personal struggles especially due to the pandemic. You might be familiar with the name of Dr Frankl from his other well-known book: ‘Man’s Search […]

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Invictus by W.E. Henley | Reflections

“Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the […]

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Alone by Edgar Allan Poe | Reflections

“From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were—I have not seenAs others saw—I could not bringMy passions from a common spring.From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow; I could not awakenMy heart to joy at the same tone;And all I loved, I loved alone.Then—in my childhood—in the dawnOf a most stormy life—was […]

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Reflections: Self-Care List for Empaths and Introverts

I am a highly sensitive person and ‘extreme’ introvert, empath which sometimes makes daily activities very challenging and often exhausting. At times I must spend entire weekend in my bed, just recovering, sleeping and unable to do anything productive. I wrote below a few ideas that helped me in the past and they might also […]

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On Empathy – Carl Rogers | Reflections

“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 […]

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James Baldwin | Reflections

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 […]

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Charles Bukowski – The Laughing Heart | Reflections

“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 […]

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Wanderer . . . Bibliophile . . . Introvert . . . Exiled Soul . . . My name is Joanna and this blog is merely a tool for me to express my thoughts about the books I have read, places I have visited and experiences I have lived through. My reading list is very […]

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