The Kafka Of Our Time: Han Kang!


Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is viewed as one of the great writers of the 20th century. His big works like Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle dealt with isolation, anxiety and guilt often in absurdist and surreal set-ups. Many have focused on Kafka’s philosophy or use of surrealism and seen subsequent writers like Milan Kundera and Gabriel Garcia Marquez as his heirs. But I think one the most powerful contributions of Kafka was the focus on isolation and difference in conformist societies. On that measure, I think the latest winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Korea’s Han Kang could be his latest heir. Continue reading “The Kafka Of Our Time: Han Kang!”

The Best Description Of Jet Lag…Ever


I’m reading the novel “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson. Seth Godin recommended it. Loving the book, especially its description of jet lag, which unfortunately I often have to endure:

“Five hours’ New York jet lag and Cayce Pollard wakes in Camden Town to the dire and ever-circling wolves of disrupted circadian rhythm. Continue reading “The Best Description Of Jet Lag…Ever”

India’s Hidden Gem…Bhopal!

Tribal Museum
Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum
Tribal Museum

Pool side at Jehan Numa Palace
Pool side at Jehan Numa Palace

When we think of holidays in India, we think of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur in Rajasthan, the beaches of Goa, and the bustling cities of Mumbai and Delhi. Having just come back from India, I have to say that Bhopal must be added to the list.

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Me: I Can’t Find the Teacups. Partner: It’s In Front of You!!!


Your wife/girlfriend tells you to get the teacups from the kitchen cupboard. She tells you its on the second shelf in the cupboard above the cooker. You go, look, and cannot find it. Your wife/girlfriend walks in, opens the cupboard, and points to the teacups straight in front of you. But it was on the first shelf, not the second. You feel silly, but now you have an excuse –  inattentional blindness: Continue reading “Me: I Can’t Find the Teacups. Partner: It’s In Front of You!!!”

5 Grown-Up Movies I Recently Watched (and Liked)

Confessions (Japan, 2010)
Confessions_(2010)_film_posterAn original and disturbing movie, especially for parents out there. I don’t want to give too much a way, except to say that it is about a teacher who wants to get extract confessions out of two pupils she believed killed her child. As they would be protected by law for murder (as juveniles), she exacts revenge meticulously.

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Does Money Corrupt Athletes? (1min read)

By Hy Crutchett aka Crotchsplay on Flickr
Image source: wrestlers in lycra By Hy Crutchett

I’m at the age when many of my peers have taken to wearing lycra. This is not for fashion, but to enter into triathlon, Iron Man and Tough Mudder competitions. A few have casually mentioned to me that it is quite common for people to take performance-enhancing drugs in amateur competitions. This inspired the below excerpt from my upcoming book: Continue reading “Does Money Corrupt Athletes? (1min read)”