Italo Calvino

Dec. 7, 2011, 10:11 a.m.

The Kaleidoscope of Italo Calvino I started reading the book as just another novel, but by the time I read the last page, I felt as if I had read about all the writers and all the novels ever written, and to be written by man in the future. I read it with a mindset nurtured by Eastern Philosophies a ...

Jaffna carvings

Nov. 30, 2011, 2:20 a.m. Jaffna , temple carvings

Temple Carvings in Jaffna What stands out on the partly ruined six-wheeled wooden chariot are the blocks of intricate carvings. The carvings are really the work of a master-craftsman, devoting painstaking days and weeks on his creation. We talk about the carvings of Khajuraho, Konark and Mahabalipur ...

Creativity and food

Nov. 2, 2011, 4:28 a.m. creativity , food , imagination

Eating and Creativity Recently an idea has been floated that N-acetyl-aspartate or NAA to Neuroscientists, could be the chemical which controls creativity in the human brain. If one or more chemicals in our brain or the nervous system could be the decisive factor for creative talents, it opens up a ...

cultural chauvinism

Oct. 12, 2011, 7:21 a.m. chauvinism , feminism , literature , venus

Cultural Chauvinism One of the most noted examples of chauvinism in the Arts is the name given by Marquis Paul de Vibraye to the little female figurine found at Laugerie-Basse. He called it 'Venus impudique' (immodest Venus), mocking the entire feminine world, by relating it to the so-called 'Venus ...

voyeur and exhibitionist

Sept. 7, 2011, 8:11 a.m. exhibitionist , voyeur

daya dissanayake “Every writer, without exception, is a masochist, a sadist, a peeping Tom, an exhibitionist, a narcissist, an injustice collector and a depressed person constantly haunted by fears of unproductivity.”- said Edmund Bergler, the psychoanalyst who has been called “one of the few origin ...

Don’t let the sun go down

Sept. 6, 2011, 8:19 a.m.

Nawalowa Nawahiru’ was the title given by Bandara Eheliyagoda to the biography of Deshamanya H.K. Dharmadasa. I had the good fortune to translate the book into English, with the title ‘Son of the Soil’.   Bandara Eheliyagoda was able to take us through the life of ‘Nawaloka Mudalali’, from his early ...

Bulgari Connection

Sept. 5, 2011, 8:21 a.m. embedded marketing

“…white gold and pavé diamonds, cold metal intricately, beautifully worked, lain heavily against the cool, moist flesh of wrist and throat”. This is not a line from a jewellery advertisement, but from Fay Weldon’s novel, ‘Bulgari Connection”. The novel is also an advertisement and the copy was writt ...

i copy therefore i am

July 27, 2011, 8:23 a.m. copying , copyright , creative commons

The Art of Copying, a Fundamental part of Life   “Man is an idiot. He doesn’t know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping.” Augusto Roa Bastos, (1913-2005), noted Paraguayan novelist had said. “…copying is pervasive in contemporary culture….co ...

culture vs. nature

July 13, 2011, 8:32 a.m. culture , nature , pre history , raj somadeva

Culture is departure from nature. It has been the way throughout man’s history. Man, Homo sapiens would have lived with nature till he became Homo symbolicus and then Homo eastheticus.   Every step man took in the name of progress and advancement of his culture was a step further away from nature, y ...

Music in the clouds

July 12, 2011, 8:34 a.m. cloud computing , copyleft , music

Paul McCartney is planning to have his complete music library in the clouds. Once this ambitious project is completed, any music lover could select his music ‘out of thin air’. According to CNN reports, McCartney, the former Beatles legend, is having all his music digitized. It is estimated that it ...

genes, memes and arts spots

June 8, 2011, 8:36 a.m.

Dr. Dean Hamer, director of gene structure and regulation unit at U.S. National Cancer Institute, wrote a book about the ‘God Gene’, trying to identify a gene responsible for religious beliefs. He was attacked by Barbara J. King, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma,  who said that “Ham ...

Be Peaceful & Useful

May 19, 2011, 8:38 a.m.

The concept of “Dhammic Socialism” was introduced by Ajahn Buddhadasa. He defined Dhammic as being “Peaceful” and “Useful” and Socialism as serving our society selflessly. Anyone who can be at peace with the universe, and be useful is a true follower of the Dhamma. Dhamma is the universal truth, whi ...

Buddhism in India

May 12, 2011, 8:41 a.m.

from the Daily News Wesak Annual, 2011 “As the most creative social philosopher in our history, Buddha has symbolized an alternative of possibilities of organizing society, an alternative to the hierarchical and inegalitarian principles of Brahminism”. Wrote Prof. Uma Chakravarti, commenting on Kanc ...