Letters of Life

Month: November 2011

And Twist of Fate

This post is written on deadline as my connection only lasts 20 minutes (minus mail-checking, etc). Read this first. Thanks. Dear Wolff, I am so glad you reacquainted yourself with the erstwhile Beagle.  It’s not my fault, it was serendipity, you said. Sleight of Hand is a trove of beautiful stories. The thing is, short… Read More ›

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Off the Hook

The thing about not getting easy access to the virtual world is that one discovers a shameful thing about oneself. More of that soon enough. Until I entered a mall in Port Louis, the capital town of Mauritius, getting online was a first-come-first-served basis in my five-star hotel resort, which is limited to three computers,… Read More ›

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Business Class

The only bad thing about travelling on business class is that the magazine pocket on the seat in front of you is so far away one has to lean forward and stretch out one’s arm just to get at the meal menu, the inflight entertainment guide, or one’s latest issue of Vanity Fair. Otherwise, the… Read More ›

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The Myth That Is Mauritius

Like a carbochon embedded in a tiara of islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has long been something of a myth to me. Some 40 years ago, my mother’s youngest sister married a Chinese Mauritian doctor she’d met while in nursing school in London. They settled down in Mauritius. At a time when people travelled… Read More ›

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The Bonfire of the Humanities

Although it doesn’t look like it, I did study the humanities. It was in a decade of excess and decadence said to have eclipsed the roaring Twenties. The Soviet Union was nicknamed ‘the Evil Empire’ by the American president at the time. The defence initiative against said Evil Empire was thus nicknamed Star Wars by… Read More ›

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The Philosophical Life, or The Art of Bullfighting

I’ve tried to avoid getting too deep into philosophical arguments eversince I left college. Because 1) ultimately, it’s futile; it only impressed the wrong type of guys, 2) it gives me the illusion I’m intelligent when I’m merely being intellectual (intelligent I define as the ability to escape being fleeced at a night bazaar in,… Read More ›

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20.11.2011 And Other Auspicious Dates

Today is looking good at 20.11.2011. Time for a post, if only to show off the date. But the day sure was special. A visiting musician shared his life story in church, the story of a sick, unremarkable child deemed a failure in Indian society but who heard the Lord Jesus speak when he was… Read More ›

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A Heart of Thanksgiving

The evening before, each person in the circle voiced out thanksgiving for the things they were truly grateful. In a year where there was much much much to be thankful for, 15 people thankfully named only one thing they thought would encourage or bless this group, which, over the past year, had come together often… Read More ›

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Serendipity

Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place? Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words. Jonathan: It is? Why? Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: A fortunate accident. – From the movie Serendipity (2001) What makes… Read More ›

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A SIRI-ass Conversation

Siri, the much-hyped personal assistant included in the iOS on the iPhone 4S, seems like a good idea. How useful to just dictate a text message to someone if you’re too busy! Say if you’re eating, or trying on clothes, or driving. Siri captures your spoken message and sends it off when you hit ‘Send’…. Read More ›

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Under Grace, In the Flow

Standing still and calm Yet going at jet speed Going somewhere wonderful yet Not going anywhere at all Standing in the flow Awash in streams of light Etched in feathered glass These are my airplane summers. This is my 40th day of a second Lenten season. A quiet day by all accounts, but eventful just… Read More ›

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The Pain of Running

“The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.” –Karl Marx Having one’s form analyzed, especially when it comes to the biomechanics of running, is a complex thing. Worse, and I don’t know why no one told me this before and I kick myself for not bothering to find out, wanting to find out how… Read More ›

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Breakthrough

Where I live my friends refer to as Manhattan, largely because of the district and because the interior is reminiscent of a New York pied-à-terre. In Manhattan gather some of the coolest, most precious bunch of God-loving people I know. Lately, there had grown an aura, like a silent disesase, within the group, ensnaring odd… Read More ›

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Transient Thoughts in Transit

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, although that might not be far from the truth. So much has been happening, all good, thanks be to God, that I have been, for some time now, at a loss for words. Thoughts and ideas are percolating inside, quite unlike the latest espresso-brewing machine which… Read More ›

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Thoughts in Transition

Already November? October has been a special month in so many ways. The most important was that I decided to go on a personal season of Lent the second time around in 2011. As theologian Oswald Chambers wrote, “Unless we are experiencing the hurt of facing every deception about ourselves, we have hindered the work… Read More ›

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