The Veda and Voltaire

Does everything really happen for the best? I snarl, as Voltaire most probably did, challenging Leibniz with comedy and wisdom amid a world of atrocities.

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The Bhagavadgita | e-book

It is with great pleasure I announce the e-book version of my translation of the Bhagavadgita by Padma Shri award-winning author and Vedanta teacher, Gloria Arieira

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Book review: Albert Camus’s “L’Etranger”

The Outsider? The Foreigner? The Stranger? One would expect more consensus regarding the translation of the title work of a Nobel prize-winning author. However, just the title of Albert Camus’s 1942 classic novel, L’Etranger, provokes reflection, as does every page of his terse prose

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Book review: “The Maze” by Panos Karnezis

  More than its reviews, it was the novel’s setting just after the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) — in which a remaining and lost Greek regiment wandered the deserts of Anatolia to find the sea — that sparked my curiosity to read Panos Karnezis’s, The Maze. Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong and A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Story are […]

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The Curse of Saraswati

If I look irritated, it is because I was. It is in these moments of disappointment, however, when we learn the most.

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the Lodhi Garden

It may be the way the air chills softly under great neem trees, cackling with parakeets, or the eagles that swoop calmly over the roses as the sun sets. Bamboos create archways between fields dotted with the crumbling stone of tombs from empires past. The scent of jasmine lifts the air from the smell of […]

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Book review: “Ema, the Captive” by César Aira

Argentina, 1800s. A nubile captive, together with her infant child, are government prisoners, taken on long caravan as part of the supplies needed at the military outpost of a sinister colonial world deprived of women. It is just the beginning of the adventurous captivity of Ema, a “white” woman of unknown origins who is bartered […]

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The Royal Portuguese Reading Room | Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

It is not exactly on the main axis of tourism of Rio de Janeiro. For that matter, it is not even easily placed on the axis of tourism for visitors spending a day hiking among the many attractions in Rio’s Centro between Cinelândia and the newly fashioned port area of Praça Mauá. The Real Gabinete […]

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