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Of Men, Pen and Letters

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The Nobel Prize in Literatureis awarded annually, since 1901, to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction" (original Swedish: den som inom litteraturen har producerat det utmärktaste i idealisk riktning).The "work" in this case refers to an author's work as a whole, though individual works are sometimes also cited. The Swedish Academy decides who, if anyone, will receive the prize in any given year and announces the name of the chosen laureate in early October.

Nobel's choice of emphasis on "idealistic" or "ideal" (in English translation) in his criteria for the Nobel Prize in Literature has led to recurrent controversy. (In the original Swedish, the word idealisk can be translated as either "idealistic" or "ideal&quo…

Home is where the heart is

The homes we occupy are seldom ideal. A space that satisfies our basic needs may nonetheless leave us wanting where location, decor, or style are concerned. Yet every home has the potential to be beautiful. When we fill our homes with love, we transcend worldly factors such as market value and design. Our conscious, loving intentions can literally transform the spaces in which we live, dispelling any lingering unharmonious energy and replacing it with an ethereal beauty that is felt rather than seen. Our homes become spiritual dwellings that feel soulful and alive. Regardless of their outward appearances, they radiate love, making all who enter, including ourselves, feel instantly welcome.
Turning a space into the beautiful outward expression of your inner warmth is as easy as projecting love into it. When your intentions are sincere, you can infuse the walls of your home with your energy, your emotional sensitivity, and your generosity of spirit, turning it into a haven of affection, …

Election fever

Wrong rally blunder in India poll VS Acharya said he was just paying a courtesy visit

A minister in the Indian state of Karnataka has made a quick exit after realising he was addressing the wrong election rally.
VS Acharya, the home minister of the southern state and a Bharatiya Janata Party member, saw an opportunity to address a rally in Udupi district.
Observers said he seemed oblivious as he denounced the Congress government - in front of Congress supporters.
A sheepish Mr Acharya later said he was just paying a "courtesy visit".
In a separate incident the BJP suffered another embarrassment when a top leader called for the repeal of a law that had already been scrapped.
Police at the rally on Sunday in the coastal district of Udupi, 390km (243 miles) from Bangalore, said the senior BJP leader beat a speedy retreat when he realised his mistake.
Mr Acharya had been on his way to meet a fellow BJP activist when he noticed the rally.
The Times of India said t…

A Paper smeared with Blood

It has almost become a ritual for the media in Manipur to cover maximum insurgency-related reports. In fact, there are no issues to cover in the region, which is infested with violence and corruption. Issues, in this sense, means those of development and other positive subject; it could be health, lifestyle, society or whatever. What we need is an alternative strategy to search for a solution, rather that losing ourselves in the vicious cycle of anarchy and underdevelopment ever since the completion of the British imperialism. 
In midst, I was surprised by the following reports on a leading newspaper, based in Imphal – for I feel, they are long-drawn-out for an 8-page daily. Here we go:   

PREPAK casualties increase in 'Op Summer Storm'

IMPHAL, Apr 15: With three more killed in the wee hours of April 14, the number of militants killed has gone up to 11 in the ongoing 'Op Summer Storm' to flush out militants from the Loktak area. While nine bodies have been already recover…

For the sake of news

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Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in New Delhi. They decide to take a roam during their lunch hour. Halfway up the street, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says "Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish."

The photographer went first. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in Shimla with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.

The journalist went next. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.

Finally, it was the editor's turn. "And what would your wish be?" asked the genie.

"I want them both back after lunch" replied the editor,…


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