Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brief summary of ‘A thing of beauty’ by John Keats

A thing of Beauty- By John Keats

John Keats, a British romantic poet, has sung to the glory of nature in the poem "A thing of beauty." He says that 'a thing of beauty is a joy forever.' Through this line, Keats tries to assert the permanence of natural beauty. Beauty of nature does not fade away with the passage of time. Rather, 'its loveliness increases' and it continues to give joy to an observer for eternity.

Keats includes celestial objects as well into his definition of nature. According to him, the sun, the moon and even the old withering trees offer permanent pleasure and dispel gloom and despondency from our lives.

The poet also borrows from Greek legends and calls their heroic deeds inspiring and exemplary. He compares their heroism to Ambrosia, an immortal drink containing the elixir of life. Just like Ambrosia makes a person immortal, in the same way, natural beauty and tales of heroism inject fresh life into our bodies. They banish all sorrows, agonies and hopelessness.

-Ritesh Agarwal

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Poem: A hurt heart

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You rebuffed me once
There won't be a twice
Your heart may change its mind
No superior suitor, it could find
But my mind has shuffled the dice
My heart though hurt, now is wise...


-Ritesh Agarwal

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Harry Potter book review for school students

JK Rowling, the writer of Harry Potter series

'Harry Potter' is a popular fantasy series penned by the renowned writer JK Rowling. Split into seven books, the series depicts the odyssey of a boy named Harry Potter from boyhood to adulthood, as he discovers his true identity (that of a wizard), gets tutored/mentored in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces demons, undergoes hormonal changes and vanquishes the evil wizard Lord Voldemort.

Written in lucid style with a hint of wit, Rowling is elegant in her prose. The absence of abstruse vocabulary makes the books easily comprehensible to teenagers and kids. However, it would be a blasphemy to call Harry Potter strictly as a children's book. The book has been widely read and appreciated all over the world by people from six to sixty.

Rowling has craftily created a confluence of two worlds-one is the real world of non-magical humans (muggles) and the other is a makeshift world of sorcerers, goblins, giants and house 

The plot is incantatory and there are several parallel stories that move together. The major part of the story is set in the school of Hogwarts, a setting which is relatable to the kids and nostalgic to the adults. Overall, the series is steered by powerful characters, an addictive plot and an arresting narrative style. However, it is ironic that the book that has influenced millions of people, has also been criticized by certain sects like the clergy.

~Ritesh Agarwal

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

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One thousand moonlights away
We kissed as if there was no tomorrow......
Then the terrible cloud travelled in
It turned the moon off
And we kissed coz there was no tomorrow.......

-Ritesh Agarwal

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Alternate careers for JU teachers of Comparative Literature

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What if our dear professors and lecturers at Jadavpur University were not in this profession and were something completely else. Based on their habits and teaching style, this is a meant-to-be-a-fun-read post on the suitable alternative careers for them:

Ipsita Chanda- Architect  (coz she goes so deep)

Kunal Chatterjee- Substitute for Prof. Binns, the teacher of history of Hogwarts  (coz KC is the only one listening to himself, and can be soporific to the extent of putting Dennis the Menace to sleep)

Dipannita-  Poster girl for Lakme India

Sujit Kumar Mondal- Stage comic actor  (I don't know why. Perhaps he is just too endearing and can always make his audience smile)

Sayantan Dasgupta- Projector guy at Inox

Debashree Datta Ray- A storyteller (A bard using oral tradition or a novelist who uses diacritical marks)

Suchorita Chattopadhyay- Owner of a poultry farm that rears dogs or a babysitter

Partho Sarthi Bhowmick- Editor of a revolutionary Bengali magazine called 'Hok Theatre'

Kavita Punjabi- Coach of Kolkata 'Knight' Riders

[Note: No offence intended. The post is to be read with a light heart. I hold upmost respect for all these beloved teachers.]

-Ritesh Agarwal,
PG-1 student of Comparative Literature,
Dated: 4th November 2014


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