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The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I read ‘The Gulag Archipelago Volume I’ about six months ago. Unfortunately, I did not write a review at the time and therefore this review may not capture all my detailed thoughts on this book. I should re-read this book in the future and would like to read volume II at some point. Despite the… Continue reading The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Cycling

Wind flowing through your hair,As you ride a downward slope,Your surroundings turn into a blur,One half exhilaration, the other half calmness Pumping the peddles or pushing gently,A choice between speed or serenity,The effort is energizing,Liberating you from a hectic life Navigating a known trail,A blissful time with yourself,Each curve known from memory,Just enjoying each moment… Continue reading Cycling

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The Right Words

The right words,With that precise intensity,and the subtle emotion,That perfect set,Which flows smoothly,and materializes effortlessly,That powerful idea,which widens vision,and shakes away preconceptions,That what we yearn for,and seldom deliver,That which is most beautiful,constructed the most succinctly,capable of drawing awe,yet calming like a gentle breeze,which finally brings the message home,Forever elusive,The right words.

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Laugh

Laugh, when you're story's a tragedy,Cause they make the best comedies.Laugh, when you're flaws draw attention,It's not ugly if it's funny. Laugh at you're failures,So that you may fail again.Laugh at you're foolishness,It makes you humble. Laugh, when you're on a high,That's what a high is for.Laugh, when you're clumsy,Those are genuinely funny. Laugh, when… Continue reading Laugh

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Shades of Happiness

Loud guffaws of thrill,Watery eyes from unpolished honesty,Laughter that stretches the cheeks, and hurts the stomach,Moments that usher bouts of happiness Shy grins of comfort,Expressive eyes that glitter with warmth,A face that glows with love, a heart that flutters,The constant dull sensation of positivity An expressionless face,Soft eyes filled with contentment,A mind that looks back… Continue reading Shades of Happiness

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Solace

A tranquil silence,Growing deeper as time passes by,Loneliness that brings peace,Darkness that creates comfort. The surroundings encourage self reflection,The sparse lights sparkle beautifully,Twinkles that are noticeable,Details cannot be overshadowed. A time to rest or a time to reflect,Surroundings that refresh or surroundings that lull,A newfound time to step back,If the day has left you ever… Continue reading Solace

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Peace

The soft aroma of simplicity,On a Saturday afternoon,The light midday meal,With gentle warm tastes. Graceful, meandering music,Soft and soothing notes,To gently caress you into your dreams,To gradually nudge you out of sleep. A cold sensation on the tongue,of unmitigated sweetness,or tasteful bitterness,relishing the slowly melting chocolate. Floating peacefully in the pool,Drifting around contently,Coolness washing over… Continue reading Peace

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Contrasting Slavoj Zizek with Jordan Peterson

I first watched Slavoj Zizek when he debated Jordan Peterson in ‘The debate that was not’. Most of the debate was Slavoj and Jordan discussing their commonalities than actually debating on their differences. Yet as personalities both these individuals are starkly different.   Slavoj challenged a few of Jordan Peterson’s rules, especially about personal responsibility.… Continue reading Contrasting Slavoj Zizek with Jordan Peterson