The Effulgence Within

Friday, January 31, 2020

West Wind: The Incantatory Music of Shelley’s Language

Shelley‘s "Ode to the West Wind" first appeared in the Prometheus Unbound volume in 1820, signifying man’s acquittal from thraldom: the wind, building up into a tempest, is another freedom for Nature. The wind’s temperature which was initially mild and animating, went collecting the vapors as to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Olympian heirarchy’s loveliest maiden

In the days of the old, it so happened that men on earth started paying homage less and less to the temple of Aphrodite; it went increasingly unprayed and its altar uncleaned from neglect. Many a times not even the incense sticks were burned. Venus, the goddess of beauty to the Greeks, as Aphrodite,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The story of Chekov’s The Three Sisters

Anton Chekov’s play The Three Sisters ( 1901 ) centers around the lives of three sisters. The eldest Olga, an old maid of twenty-eight, teaches at a girls’ school; the middle sister Masha is unhappily married to a school teacher; the youngest Irina, who is twenty and unmarried, is wooed by two army... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Is Truth a Belief, or Belief a Truth?

“Beauty is truth,truth Beauty, — that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”. (John Keats, The Grecian Urn) Truth can never be taught; it can only be caught. Logic is always bound by discursive thought, and therefore people of logic or syllogism can never believe that there exists the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Impetuous Behaviour of Short-Lived Enthusiasms

PAlthough the background of Shaw's Pygmalion is phonetics, its basic theme is human relations. Pygmalion, in classical Greek mythology, was a legendary king of Cyprus, who, having fashioned an ivory statue of a woman, fell in love with it. The goddess Aphrodite (Venus) gave it life and Pygmalion... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Salesmanship is Raising a killing Curiosity... How?

A keen immigrant Indian Marwadi lad (when it comes to business, Marwadis are a community no less than the proverbial Jews) applied for a salesman's job at London 's premier downtown department store. In fact, it was the biggest store in the world - you could get anything there. The boss asked him,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Behind the World of Echoes

In There Was a Boy, Wordsworth addresses not the boy who is now dead but the cliffs and islands of Lake Windermere that had outlasted him. The scene is widened to take the stars rising in the east and setting. It is in this context of the vast spaces of the universe and the inexorable movement of... Sign in to see full entry.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019


In one of the stories by Leo Tolstoy 'What Men Live By', an angel is sent to the earth by God to learn some important lessons in life, one of which is: "What is not given to man?" Through his experiences on earth, the angel learns that 'It is not given to man to know his own needs'. Explaining the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi (A Repeat with minor changes)

Christmas theme is the subject matter of T.S. Eliot's poem The Journey of the Magi. It starts with one of the three Magus' narrating to us the story long after the event has happened; the Magi symbolizing the three wise men of the east who come to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Christ, the... Sign in to see full entry.

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