From Still Sundays: On Friday evening I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was mesmerized by this amazing sculpture. I am sure most people who visit there often are quite used to it and hence could and couldn’t understand […]

We would rather be ruined than changed We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die. ~ W.H. Auden   Took this photo in Cambridge, England inside a spot on […]

I know NYC is not “it” for many, even those who have lived here for much longer than myself, and many move for various reasons that together trump staying here.  I just wish everyone has some city, like some love, […]

Walk Along River Cam in Cambridge, England

I came across a wonderful book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf while I stayed at my cousin’s in Cambridge. I share some excerpts from the final chapter. No, I did not finish the book in two days, I just […]

“Once mocked for their astonishing originality, his [Gehry] buildings have become the signature structures of the challenging times we live in.” More here.

The wonderful and inspiring Czech photographer  Jan Pohribny invited me to his village where he lives with his wife, a beautiful woman and amazing artist and photographer too, and their son who enjoys playing the guitar and can cook a […]

The title I borrowed from Gore Vidal’s book (I read it ages ago in my political science days). That is not the actual title of the mural. I don’t know what the actual title is. I guess I could ask […]

Lorca writes: “The duende, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ‘The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside […]

I know when I am developing a character, the biggest challenge is to show that like life itself he or she is not one dimensional. And that something in him or her is really also in the reader  too, whether […]

After lunch I continued writing. Then it got sunny. This meant I had to rush and avail the opportunity to finally get recharged (it has been cloudy and cool lately in Prague and I can’t function too long without the […]

July 24th. A woman named Yo; the windmill within, World Rivers Project; truth is a deadbody…   Stillness is some fog today and thoughts heavy sandbags. There is a blanket of clouds made of stubborn gray covering the Prague sky […]

No – I did not take a nap – The nap – took – me ~ from the poem “The Nap Taker” by Shel Silverstein   So all who know me know I believe in the power of naps. I […]

This is around Sovinec Castle (‘owl’s nest’ castle). It is in the south-west parts of the Rešov hilly region in North Moravia in Czech Republic. It is in a small village town and there are other towns near by as […]

Known as the John Lennon Wall which used to have beautiful graffiti… now it is just graffiti…but still colorful… : )   And this…   And Prague from an overlook spot   One of my favorite restaurants here in Old […]

“The creative ability of an artist is manifested only if he succeeds in transforming the natural phenomena into ‘another reality.’ This part of the creative process as an independent element, if conscious and developed, hints at the possibility of creating […]

“The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building” said the architect Louis Kahn. But some days while walking in Prague I wonder if the Sun was made for Prague or perhas it […]

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come…” ~ Chinese Proverb  

Author Charles Baxter has required we read the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” (1930) by Katherine Anne Porter, a Pulitzer winner I had never read. I knew that one of the reasons this Prague experience is seminal for […]

unfinished Mr. Owl in a Tree (1978) Pencil Sketch of a Young Boy (1978)   Landscape with dogs (1978)   Very few artists are diverse in what they create. Most create the same style over and over again. I don’t […]

At the Kiss the Sky bar in North London area… Looking at her I understood for the first time the actual meaning of the words, “She was very attractive but not beautiful.”

Woke up thinking about Toni Morrison’s novel Paradise. This excerpt. Only the brilliant Toni Morrison can put it this way…brilliant because she says it however she wants to say it… Here:   Let me tell you about love, that silly […]

While walking towards Tate Britian Museum  

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