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Recognition and Comfort: The Case of the Child’s Medal

Today, one of my nephews had an unpleasant experience at school. One of his so-called friends told him that his handwriting wasn’t very good and then the other children started copying the criticism. When he got home from school, his mother said that he had been crying and had said that he didn’t want to … Continue reading

The I/It mistake in a Child’s Reading as a Strategy of Resistance

One of my nephews, a six year old, dislikes reading. However, disregarding Rousseau’s advice that one should never pressurise a child that dislikes literature to read, one of the duties set to me by my family is to read with him once every day, since it is apparent he is not as gifted in learning … Continue reading

The Castle and the Uncompleted Flag: A Child’s Picture and Nationality

Yesterday, while he was off sick from school, my oldest nephew, aged seven, made a picture which he had already made once before. The picture was of a castle consisting of three parts – two towers and a main section. The main section had turrets and a door (the towers had no turrets). The outline … Continue reading

Simple or difficult?: Children and Motivation

I once had a discussion with a female professor about children. I had suggested that children were simple. She had taken me up on my point and questioned whether it was right or not. Although she didn’t elaborate her position, she seemed to be suggesting that children were more complicated than I had given them … Continue reading

Queen Victoria and the Romans: The Psychology of the Coloniser and the Colonised

Towards the end of her reign, Queen Victoria, who was not only the British monarch, but also the Empress of India, became captivated by her servant, Abdul Karim. She asked him to teach her the Hindustani language, among other things. In the end, Queen Victoria had fallen in love with her imperial possession and the … Continue reading

Is it ever possible for a flower to be ugly?

In our age, serious scholars argue that beauty is constructed. By this, they mean that there can never be any timeless beauty, that the idea of beauty is shaped by historical and cultural factors.   However, I listened to a Hindi song today and was struck by a thought. In the song, the man says … Continue reading

Christians and the Environment

The first duty of man to the environment and the animals is quite clear on any reading of the Bible:   “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15)”.   Similarly, God has sovereign power over His creation and … Continue reading

Immigrants and Money – According to the White Man

Towards the beginning of his biography of Queen Victorian, A. N. Wilson writes the following, reproducing a longstanding Western idea of the immigrant:   “Victoria and Albert came out of Europe, and they can only be understood in a European context. For Victoria, although she was born in England and became the figurehead of the … Continue reading

Thoughts on an egg  

Today, I made myself a simple omelette for lunch. As I took the egg from its plastic container, an object with the colour of Egyptian sand and which reminded me irresistibly of the head of a bald man, I was jolted into the recognition of the intimate relationship the egg has with beauty. The egg … Continue reading

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel

Haruki Murakami’s gripping tale catches the reader with the first line. It begins with Tsukuru Tazaki in his sophomore year in college, contemplating thoughts of suicide. The reason is quickly explained. One day, during the summer vacation of his sophomore year, between the first and second semesters, his four closest friends, the friends he’d known … Continue reading