Encouragement and Musings from a Third Culture Kid

"I think that for immigrants, the challenges of exile, the loneliness, the constant sense of alienation, the knowledge of and longing for a lost world, are more explicit and distressing than for their children." - Jhumpa Lahiri Arguably, few types of people can claim to know alienation and insecurity better than a third culture kid.… Continue reading Encouragement and Musings from a Third Culture Kid

Enduring Love, A Book Review 

Enduring love; the book's title promises the story of a faithful relationship, of love transcending all obstacles, something reminiscent of Shakespeare's 'Marriage of True Minds'. Somewhat luckily, reading McEwan's other masterpiece "Atonement" and living with the rather faulty configuration of my own mind had already primed me to discover something much more disturbing. McEwan doesn't… Continue reading Enduring Love, A Book Review 

Atonement by Ian McEwan Study Part 1: Genre, Context and Theme

Atonement by Ian McEwan plays with your mind on so many levels: just as promised in my title, this book is actually about a book. The narrative in that book changes someone's life; it draws from many different narratives set in the real world's story, one of wars and people sucked in by the conflict.… Continue reading Atonement by Ian McEwan Study Part 1: Genre, Context and Theme

Month 1: Journey to Becoming an AQA AS Level English Literature Superachiever

Okay, I just threw a jumble of long words on the screen, hoping that the general impression is that 'I'm going to try my best to do well in AS level English this year, and I'm sharing how I plan to do that'. Read on if you think this could be useful! And if you're… Continue reading Month 1: Journey to Becoming an AQA AS Level English Literature Superachiever

The Grandmother-Great: A Poem by Shreya Manna

How do I introduce this poem? It is about a beginning or an end that I will ever fully understand. It is about a poem in it's own way; a human one, a memento of your heritage. What you are about to read is the humble attempt of a great-granddaughter, who, making her own way… Continue reading The Grandmother-Great: A Poem by Shreya Manna

Prelude by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

In this post, I respond to what I have read in quite a few academic journals (links below) and make summary notes about the context and narrator. With the background knowledge to inspire my own analyses, I've sprung off some thoughts about Mansfield's literary and writing choices. Step 2: Analysing the opening You can't go… Continue reading Prelude by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

NUHA Writing Competition: Let Me Be a Girl, Not A Bride

If you've been reading my earlier posts, you'll know about my plans to submit an essay for the NUHA Foundation Blogging Prizes Writing Competition. I'm finally done! You can vote for my essay by liking or commenting below my essay on their website: http://www.nuhafoundation.org/home/bloggingprizes_english/youth/let_me_be_a_girl_not_a_bride#.WZ0zOPojHIV It's an essay centred on the issue of child marriage, a… Continue reading NUHA Writing Competition: Let Me Be a Girl, Not A Bride