Category Archives: English

Edward Burtynsky’s photographs

நன்றி: Our Changing World « Experienced Yet?

These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction.

The captions from where the photos are from:

  1. Nickel Waste River. Ontario, Canada.
  2. Tire Mountains. Oxford, USA.
  3. Flattened City. Three Gorges Dam, China.
  4. Ship breaking Beach. Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  5. Oil Drum Cliff. Ontario, Canada.
  6. Computer Harvest. Guiyu, China.
  7. Concrete Forest. China.
  8. Uranium Waste Desert. Ontario, Canada.

Bolshevescent by Peter Gizzi

You stand far from the crowd, adjacent to power.
You consider the edge as well as the frame.
You consider beauty, depth of field, lighting
to understand the field, the crowd.
Late into the day, the atmosphere explodes
and revolution, well, revolution is everything.
You begin to see for the first time
everything is just like the last thing
only its opposite and only for a moment.
When a revolution completes its orbit
the objects return only different
for having stayed the same throughout.
To continue is not what you imagined.
But what you imagined was to change
and so you have and so has the crowd.

from The Outernationale, © 2007 by Peter Gizzi, published by Wesleyan University Press.

நன்றி: – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More – Bolshevescent

இன்றைய பாஸ்டன் க்ளோப் – இரு கட்டுரைகள்

1. வெனிசுவேலாவின் ஹ்யூகோ சாவெஸுக்கும் க்யூபாவின் ஃபிடல் காஸ்ட்ரோவுக்கும் உள்ள வித்தியாசமும், தேர்தல் முடிவும்: Democracy stirs in Venezuela – The Boston Globe

A majority of voters decided that they didn’t want another Fidel Castro, Chávez’s role model. But to give Chávez his due, he allowed the opposition to make its case and let the votes be counted honestly. Castro would never tolerate this open democratic process.

Even with popular disenchantment, Chávez lost by only 49 to 51 percent.

2. போர்க்களத்தில் ரிப்போர்ட்டராக வேலை பார்த்ததால் கிடைக்கும் சிறைவாசம்: A snapshot of injustice – The Boston Globe

US and Iraqi officials have no excuse for holding him for 19 months without giving him a chance to contest the charges, or even to know exactly what they are.

Officials released several journalists working for Reuters after months of detention without ever bringing charges against them.

“makes a mockery of the democratic principles of justice and the rule of law that the United States says it is trying to help Iraq establish.”

Towering Writer With Matching Ego

Norman Mailer Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 84 « தமிழ் பிபிசி

நியு யார்க் டைம்ஸில் இருந்து…

He also wrote, directed, and acted in several low-budget movies, helped found The Village Voice and for many years was a regular guest on television talk shows, where he could reliably be counted on to make oracular pronouncements and deliver provocative opinions, sometimes coherently and sometimes not.

At different points in his life Mr. Mailer was a prodigious drinker and drug taker, a womanizer, a devoted family man, a would-be politician who ran for mayor of New York, a hipster existentialist, an antiwar protester, an opponent of women’s liberation and an all-purpose feuder and short-fused brawler, who with the slightest provocation would happily engage in head-butting, arm-wrestling and random punch-throwing.

குரூப்-2 மாதிரி வினா விடை

இது பள்ளி புத்தகம் மாதிரி: தேன்: தமிழில் வார்த்தைகள் எத்தனை லட்சம்?

இது மாதிரி கேள்வித்தாள்: தினமலர்

Dinamalar Tamil Question Paper Group Two

இந்த மாதிரி தூய தமிழில் பாடங்களைக் கோரும் மாதிரி தமிழறிஞர் கட்டுரை: தன்னாட்சிக் கல்லூரிகளில் கேள்விக்குறியாகி வரும் தமிழ் மொழிப் பாடம்

Vera Pavlova Poems (The New Yorker)

If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.

If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.


Let us touch each other
while we still have hands,
palms, forearms, elbows . . .

Let us love each other for misery,
torture each other, torment,
disfigure, maim,
to remember better,
to part with less pain.


We are rich: we have nothing to lose.
We are old: we have nowhere to rush.
We shall fluff the pillows of the past,
poke the embers of the days to come,
talk about what means the most,
as the indolent daylight fades.
We shall lay to rest our undying dead:
I shall bury you, you will bury me.

(Translated, from the Russian, by Steven Seymour.)
நன்றி: Archive: Poetry: The New Yorker

Are you a maximizer or satisficer?

Think back to your last job search. Did you apply for dozens of jobs in search of the ideal position? Or did you send out a few applications and accept the first offer you received?

If you relate to the former, you’re a “maximizer,” according to research by Columbia Business School professor Sheena Iyengar. You take your time making decisions in hopes of homing in on the very best option. If you recognize yourself in the latter, you’re a “satisficer.” You end your search after finding a result that meets your basic requirements.

Iyengar’s research on a group of job-hunting seniors at 11 U.S. colleges and universities found that maximizers received more offers and had higher starting salaries. They were less satisfied with their jobs, however, and more likely to seek another job within a year.

So who’s better off, maximizers or satisficers?

“That brings up an ethical question,” Iyengar said in the “Columbia Ideas at Work.”

“What should we seek to maximize — people’s material welfare or their psychological welfare?”

Related Links:

1. Ideas at Work : “Doing Better But Feeling Worse: Looking for the ‘Best’ Job Undermines Satisfaction”

2. Ideas at Work : “Positive Illusions of Preference Consistency: When Remaining Eluded by One’s Preferences Yields Greater Subjective Well-Being and Decision Outcomes”

3. Quiz – Find out: Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

4. Why More Options Make us Less Happy

Reading Recommendations – American & English Fiction

ஆங்கிலத்தில் ‘must read’ என்று ஒரு பட்டியல் போடச்சொன்னால், நீங்கள் பரிந்துரைக்கும் பட்டியல் தருவீர்களா எனக்கு? நவீன இலக்கியத்தில் தான் வேண்டும்.

என்று நண்பரிடமிருந்து கேள்வி. என்றாவது நேரம் கிடைக்கும்போது படிக்க வேண்டும் என்று நான் நினைக்கும் பட்டியல்:

  1. Reservation Blues – Sherman Alexie (1995)
  2. The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende (1985)
  3. Money – Martin Amis (1984)
  4. Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anya (1973)
  5. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (1996)
  6. Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin (1953)
  7. Collected Fictions – Jorge Luis Borges (1998)
  8. Drop City – TC Boyle (2003)
  9. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953)
  10. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (1985)
  11. Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willia Carther (1927)
  12. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (1939)
  13. The Fruit ‘N Food – Leonard Chang (1996)
  14. Donald Duk – Frank Chin (1991)
  15. A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie (1950)
  16. American Woman – Susan Choi (2003)
  17. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies (1970)
  18. Rockbound – Frank Praker Day (1928)
  19. White Noise – Don DeLilo (1985)
  20. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant (1997)
  21. The stolen Child – Keith Donohue (2006)
  22. A Yellow Raft on Blue Water – Michael Dorris (1987)
  23. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser (1925)
  24. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (1952)
  25. Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich (1984)
  26. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
  27. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner (1929)
  28. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  29. From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming (1957)
  30. Inez – Carlos Fuentes (2000)
  31. A gathering of Old Men – Ernest J Gaines (1983)
  32. Dreaming in Cuban – Cristina Garcia (1992)
  33. I Wish Someone were Waiting for me Somewhere – Anna Gavalda
  34. Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
  35. Three Junes – Julia Glass (2002)
  36. Rites of Passage – William Golding (1980)
  37. Our Man in Havana -Graham Greene (1958)
  38. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett (1930)
  39. The Puppet Masters – Robert Heinlein (1951)
  40. Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin (1983)
  41. Goodbye, Mr. Chips – James Hilton (1934)
  42. The River King – Alice Hoffman (2000)
  43. Brave New world – Aldous Huxley (1932)
  44. Deafening – Frances Itani (2003)
  45. The Love Wife – Gish Jen (2004)
  46. Dead Solid Perfect – Dan jenkins (1974)
  47. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams – Wayne Johnston (1998)
  48. The Healing – Gayl Jones (1998)
  49. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong (1973)
  50. Echo House – Ward Just (1997)
  51. Andersonville – Mackinlay Kantor (1955)
  52. Fateless – Imre Kertesz (1975)
  53. Sometimes a Great Nation – Ken Kesey (1964)
  54. Green Grass, Running Water – Thomas King (1993)
  55. Animal Dreams – Barbara Kingslover (1990)
  56. A Separate Peace – John Knowles (1959)
  57. The Buddha of Suburbia -Hanif Kureishi (1990)
  58. The Diviners – Margaret Laurence (1974)
  59. The Gangster We All are Looking For – Thi Diem Thuy Le (2003)
  60. Native Speaker – Chang-Rae Lee (1995)
  61. The Call of the Wild – Jack London (1903)
  62. Zami – Audre Lorde (1983)
  63. Midaq Alley – Naguib Mahfouz (1947)
  64. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy (1985)
  65. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers (1940)
  66. Beloved – Toni Morrison (1987)
  67. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (1977)
  68. Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Novel – Walter E Mosley (2004)
  69. The Delta of Venus – Anais Nin (1969)
  70. When the Emperor was Divine – Julie Otsuka (2002)
  71. Kiss of the Spider Woman – Manuel Puig (1976)
  72. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand (1957)
  73. Joshua Then and Now – Mordecai Richler (1980)
  74. Housekeeping – Marilyn Robinson (1980)
  75. The Counterlife – Phillip Roth (1986)
  76. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (1951)
  77. The Killer Angles – Michael Shaara (1974)
  78. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (1993)
  79. Prep: A Novel – Curtis Sittenfeld (2005)
  80. In America – Susan Sontag (2000)
  81. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (1961)
  82. Angle of Response – Wallace Stegner (1971)
  83. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (1939)
  84. The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan (2001)
  85. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  86. Anatomy of a Murder – Robert Traver (1958)
  87. Reversible Errors – Scott Turow (2002)
  88. Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels – John Updike (1995)
  89. The Hummingbird’s Daughter – Luis Alberto Urrea (2005)
  90. Washington DC: A Novel – Gore Vidal (1967)
  91. Slaughterhouse-Five : Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  92. Force Majeure – Bruce Wagner (1991)
  93. Meridian – Alice Walker (1976)
  94. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (1946)
  95. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh (1928)
  96. The Day of the Locust – Nathaniel West (1939)
  97. The Old School – Tobias Wolff (2003)
  98. Native Son – Richard Wright (1940)
  99. A Good School – Richard Yates (1978)
  100. We – Eugene Zamyatin (1920)

இது ஒரு ஜாலியான பட்டியல். ‘அவசியம் படிக்க வேண்டும்’ அல்லது ‘மிகவும் புகழ் பெற்றவை’ என்பதை விட வெரைட்டி + வித்தியாசம் நிறைந்த லிஸ்ட்.

அவசியம் புரட்ட வேண்டிய புத்தகங்களுக்கு The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics: (W. John Campbell) போன்றவற்றையும் கவனிக்கலாம்.

Nina Simone – Backlash Blues

NPR : Remembering Singer Nina Simone

Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash
Just who do think I am
You raise my taxes, freeze my wages
And send my son to Vietnam

You give me second class houses
And second class schools
Do you think that alla colored folks
Are just second class fools
Mr. Backlash, I’m gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

When I try to find a job
To earn a little cash
All you got to offer
Is your mean old white backlash
But the world is big
Big and bright and round
And it’s full of folks like me
Who are black, yellow, beige and brown
Mr. Backlash, I’m gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash
Just what do you think I got to lose
I’m gonna leave you
With the backlash blues
You’re the one will have the blues
Not me, just wait and see

Langston Hughes

பாடலைக் கேட்க

நன்றி : Ahhh, Nina « And She Wrote

Todo: Movie Reviews

கூடிய சீக்கிரம் விரிவாக்கங்களுடன் இற்றைப்படுத்தப்படலாம்…

1. ராட்டடூயி: இப்போதைக்கு *****/****; அமர்க்களம் + அட்டகாசம் + ஆஹா!

2. யூ, மீ, & டூப்ரி: மனம் விட்டு சிரிக்கலாம். தமிழில் எடுத்தால் கோபிகா, பரத் (மாட் டிலன்) & தனுஷ் (ஒவன் வில்ஸன்).நிச்சயம் ஹிட் ஆவும்.

3. 40 யியர் ஓல்ட் வர்ஜின்: எப்படி? எப்படி? ‘டேட்‘டுவது எப்படி? அமெரிக்க காதல் அணுகுமுறை + கலாச்சார விதிநெறிகள் அறிமுகம்.

4. பொய்: எனக்குப் பிடிச்சிருக்கு. எனக்கு இன்னிக்கும் பாலச்சந்தர் படங்கள் பிடிக்கும். முடிவு 😦 பாரதிராஜா என்றாலும் படம் 🙂