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Kamala Das: March 31, 1934 – May 31, 2009
With her mother being a famous poet and her grand-uncle a respected writer, Kamala grew up in a culturally rich household.
She married at the young age of 15 and the resulting unsatisfactory relationship led to her writing being focused on domestic and sexual oppression of women. Her open and honest assessment of female sexuality made her work both controversial as well as acclaimed.
The poetry of Kamala Das is known for its confessional tone, like that of Sylvia Plath. She wrote in English as well as in Malayalam, the language of her native state Kerala. While to her English audience, she was Kamala Das; in Malayalam, she wrote under the pen name Madhavikutty.
She converted to Islam in 1999 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya. Kamala Das was one of the leading Indian poets of the 20th century and she is known as the Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry.
My Grandmother’s House
Punishment in Kindergarten
Why do we often carefully think before we spend our money but don’t do the same when we spend our time?
The 3-time perspectives of the human mind
When we think about time, we usually think of the following states and how they impact our actions:
Past: When you’re focused on the past, you’re often paralyzed by what has happened to you. You either wish your life was like the “good old days” or you wish certain things didn’t happen. People who often ask “Why?” are overly focused on the past.
Present: When you’re primarily focused on the present, you either want instant gratification or enjoyment of what’s in front of you. No thought of the past or the future. “I only live today” is your motto.
Future: A future-oriented person is someone who eats healthy food, gets good grades in school, doesn’t smoke, drink, and is always working towards a future outcome.
The 1/9/90 principle of time perspectives
Awareness of time perspectives helps you to live better because you will make better use of your time. It will help you to enjoy your days, learn from the past, and shape a better future.
1% past-focused: reflect on the past to learn.
9% future-focused: planning and thinking about the future.
90% present-focused: execute the plans and the time you spend enjoying your days.
”Work hard when it’s time to work. Play hard when it’s time to play. Enjoy listening to Grandma’s old stories while she is still alive. Meaningfully connect with your friends. View children through the eyes of wonder with which they see the world. Laugh at jokes and life’s absurdities. Indulge your desires and passions. Save for a rainy day, and save enough to spend when it is sunny.”
Mahadevi Verma: March 26, 1907 – September 11, 1987
Mahadevi Verma was born in a liberal Hindu family and it was her mother who inspired her to write poems at an early age.
After her husband refused to live with her as she was not good-looking, Mahadevi began teaching at village schools around Allahabad.
She went on to become the Principal, and then the Vice-Chancellor of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth, a woman’s residential college in Allahabad.
As a poet, Mahadevi Verma is regarded as one of the four major poets of the “Chhayavaad”, an era of Neo-romanticism in Hindi literature. She is known as the “modern Mira” due to her emotional intensity and rich imagery of nature.
In 1988, Mahadevi Verma was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India. She has been called the grand dame of Hindi literature and her poems are widely read in schools as part of the curriculum.
Main Neer Bhari Dukh Ki Badli
Aa Gaye Tum
The first-ever Watermark can be dated back to 1282.
They were designed to identify and protect the work and prevent counterfeiting. Exactly like the Watermarks we see today!
Do you feel this urge to experience life to the fullest? Do you feel like you need to do more in life?
A lot of people have a bucket list with a lot of great things on that list. And they chase those things desperately.
Millions of people all over the world are saying goodbye to traditional beliefs and prefer to live differently. They want to travel the world, enjoy the company of others, hike in the Andes, watch air balloons in Turkey, go surfing, you name it. We’re chasing experiences. But we’re missing out on the real experience of life.
When you’re trying hard to experience something special in life, you’re actually chasing your desires without being aware of them.
“You have to understand that it is your attempt to get special experiences from life that makes you miss the actual experience of life. Life is not something you get; it’s something you experience.”
On small occasions during the day, pretend it’s the last time you’ll experience that thing you’re doing. When you’re drinking a cup of coffee, pretend this is the last time in your life you will drink coffee. After your last cup, coffee beans will vanish from the planet.
Another thing standing in the way of a happy life is our pursuit of change. We often want to change our surroundings because we don’t like them. There’s nothing wrong with trying to change your life.
Instead, view change as optional. Adopt a mindset of, “I’m good with the way my life is right now. And if I can change some things, that’s great. But if it doesn’t work out, that’s fine too.”
That way you’re good with any experience in life. It’s a beautiful way to live because no matter what happens, you will be happy and content.
Rahim: December 17, 1556 – 1627
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, better known as simply Rahim, was a Mughal general and courtier during the time of Emperor Akbar. He was in fact one of the Navaratnas of the “nine gems” in the court of Akbar.
He had several military achievements but his poetic legacy has long outlived them. As a poet, Rahim is most famous for his dohe, couplets consisting of two lines, each of 24 instants.
The dohe of Rahim are straightforward lessons for everyday life, touching on themes such as friendship, enmity, the crests and troughs of life, family, and relationships.
Apart from dohe, Rahim also wrote a great deal of Hindu devotional poetry and even poems on love and erotica. In contrast to his dohe which are simple and have moral and ethical overtones, his other poetry is more literally complex.
Rahiman Dhaga Prem Ka
Dono Rahiman Ek Se
Jo Baden Ko Laghu Kahe
You’ve heard the term ‘graphic design’ countless times before, but do you know where it comes from? Book designer William Addison Dwiggins coined the term in 1922.
The term was used to cover his entire design process.