In the Vast of Night

On the northeastern borders of Vidyapith, close by the dairy complex where the iron gates opened into the Gurupalli section, there was a long two-storeyed building nestled between the campus groves. Like all Vidyapith buildings, it too had a name – they called it Sarada Sadan. It used to house the higher secondary students of class 11 and 12, and back in the autumn of 2008, I was one of the boys who lived there.

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“But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief.”
— Robert Greene

The world is growing simple by the day. Simple, not as opposed to complex, but as opposed to sophisticated. It is very difficult nowadays to have a discussion where you can forward a nuanced, complicated argument, and not have it immediately reduced to gross, low-resolution generalizations by the opposition.

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Take It From A Different Point of View

Clichéd, right? – It’s going to get better, you just wait.

They say whatever attains the status of cliché must have a time-tested foundation of truth supporting it. Having a different viewpoint is not an exception to this. It can have powerful, significant effects on one’s life and on the world. But like any other powerful tool, it begs to be used with moderation. Overuse of the ‘different-ness’ idea can get old very fast. So much so that as a slogan, it has become counterproductive in our times – people have jumped on the ‘uniqueness’ bandwagon merely because everyone else is doing it, ‘being different’ has become an universally common fad.

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It is not that nothing has been said on the subject. I am sorely tempted to lift entire paragraphs off articles on psychology websites and quote them over here. My own generation, and the generations after me, are victims to a ever-increasing culture of forced positivity that is turning us into repressed neurotics, steadily infecting our lives with every passing day.

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Sweet-talking Skies

I came to know this noon, from an update from a friend, that Sushant Singh Rajput had died.

Many have been expressing their heartfelt sorrow. It has been a real loss for many. Me, I don’t follow Hindi cinema too well. I have watched only one of Sushant’s films. But I liked him. I identified him with the character, – since I knew little else about him, I think I projected the character on to him.

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ভ্যাম্পায়ার কীভাবে হয় জানেন?

একজন মাস্টার ভ্যাম্পায়ার থাকে। যে বিকট টেকনিক লাগিয়ে নিজের মানবসত্তা বিসর্জন দেয়। তারপর থেকে সে যাকে কামড়ায়, সেই ভ্যাম্পায়ার হয়ে যায়। ভ্যাম্পায়ার হলে নানারকম অতিমানবিক শক্তি পাওয়া যায়। আসুরিক গায়ের জোর হয়, কোনো রকম চোটজখম হয় না, আকাশে ওড়া যায়, স্বাভাবিকের চেয়ে অনেকগুণ বেশী হিংস্রভাবে প্রতিপক্ষকে আক্রমণ করা যায় লড়াইয়ের সময়। দরকারে ইচ্ছেমতো নানারকম রূপ নেওয়া যায়। এমনকী কিছু কিছু পশুপাখিদের নিজের বশ করে তাদের দিয়েও কাজ করানো যায়।

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