Marie Kondo Sparks Joy in Me

Before this review takes it course, I have a confession to make… I have something of a culture crush when it comes to the Japanese. I am inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, that exquisite art of fixing broken ceramics using lacquer dusted with gold, silver or platinum. I take months to read […]

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What you need to know about Charlie

Ok, I have a friend, right…. Charlie… When I hear a metal trolley wheeling its way down my street, I instinctively look over to check if it is Charlie passing through my ‘hood! The first time I made Charlie some fried beans and eggs and toast and a mug of Ricoffy, he told me, “God […]

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The Gift of a Blog: A Love Story

I once had a job, after I’d completed my masters in English Literature, and jumped at the first paycheck offered me… As a high school English teacher. But I grew ever more miserable, ever more depleted…. As I wrote in a previous blog, I was living an unliveable life. I saw my psychiatrist from the […]

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Harumi Kurihara… My Saviour! (Or, The Art of Simplicity)

I thought of an old blog post of mine yesterday, on a book reviewing blog I used to have, Attic Door Loves Books, during my student days, working weekends at Fogarty’s Bookshop. I thought it, now in these desperate times of inflation on the rise, all the more relevant… I hope you will take its […]

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The Case of a Good Book, in the Case of Laetitia Maklouf’s “The Virgin Gardener”

A review I wrote many moons ago on another blog site I created during my varsity days… Felt it fitting for this beautiful sunny day, surrounded as I am by lovely plants on my balcony… Thanks to this woman and her very special book… There are books that hold literary merit, that leave the mind […]

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