Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

Having read three engagingly weird and surreal books by Haruki Murakami, I am eagerly waiting to get my hands on his soon to be released book in English. It is called “1Q84”. An excerpt was published in The New Yorker last month which you can find it here.  Below is an excellent piece about the author by Sam Anderson in the New York Times Magazine: 

I prepared for my first-ever trip to Japan, this summer, almost entirely by immersing myself in the work of Haruki Murakami. This turned out to be a horrible idea. Under the influence of Murakami, I arrived in Tokyo expecting Barcelona or Paris or Berlin — a cosmopolitan world capital whose straight-talking citizens were fluent not only in English but also in all the nooks and crannies of Western culture: jazz, theater, literature, sitcoms, film noir, opera, rock ’n’ roll. But this, as really anyone else in the world could have told you, is not what Japan is like at all. Japan — real, actual, visitable Japan — turned out to be intensely, inflexibly, unapologetically Japanese.

More here.

See my earlier post about Murakami here.


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The History of American Secularism

It is interesting to learn about the differences in the way secularism came about in the West and in India. The speaker points out that in the US the concept of secularism primarily came about as a resistance to the idea of America being a Christian nation. It emerged as an idea that is against religion. Whereas in India secularism arose as a way to achieve inclusiveness,  because of the radical diversities already present in the society.

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Military Madness

Its been exactly ten years since the Afghan war began.

Military madness by Graham Nash:

Folded flags by Roger Waters:

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