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Every day, I pick at least one new book, read what it has to offer, make notes and share the best ideas with you. Sounds fun, right? Join me in this journey and explore a whole new world of books and stories. For any suggestions/queries please contact us at contactkalampedia@gmail.com or visit Kalampedia.org on your browser.
 
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In his book Essays in Love, author Alain de Botton explored different stages of a romantic relationship - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is narrated as an essay. And since we are narrating essays this week, I pick one from this book (on Beauty) and narrate it today…
 
R.K. Narayan was a well-known Indian writer famous for his set of work and writing in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was one of the leading and famous authors of early Indian literature written in English along with two others, Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.Narayan's greatest achievement was to make India accessible to the outside wor…
 
Brianna Wiest is the bestselling author of 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think. Since I am narrating essays this week, I have picked one from this book. The essay is called Things Emotionally Healthy People Know How to Do. Hope you will enjoy it. Stay tuned for more essays this week. Don't forget to subscribe and visit www.kalampedia.org …
 
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. Joseph Addison's profound words on friendship still hold great value even after more than 300 years. In this episode I narrate his essay called Friendship. Hope you will enjoy this and other audio essays to follow…
 
This week we are discussing different schools of Indian philosophy and we now arrive at Yoga. Yoga philosophy is well described in “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,” where he outlines the eight limbs, or stages, that one should follow to reach moksha. More on this in this episode. Keep following for more interesting content from some really good books…
 
In this episode I discuss the basics of Jaina philosophy, or Jainism. Jainism is one of the world's oldest religions, originating in India at least 2,500 years ago. The spiritual goal of Jainism is to become liberated from the endless cycle of rebirth and to achieve an all-knowing state called moksha. Find out more in this episode.…
 
This week I will discuss different schools of Indian philosophy, starting with the Charvakas. It is a heterodox school of Indian philosophy. Charvaka holds direct perception, empiricism, and conditional inference as proper sources of knowledge, embraces philosophical skepticism and rejects ritualism and supernaturalism. More about it in the episode…
 
A Haunted House is an interesting short story by Virginia Woolf. It is and is not a ghost story. In less than two pages of prose, Woolf explores, summons, and subverts the conventions of the ghost story, offering a modernist take on the genre. I narrate this story in today's podcast. Visit www.kalampedia.org to check out more interesting stories or…
 
Should you eat meat or not? What are the philosophical arguments for or against the idea of veganism? Stephen Law, in his book The Philosophy Files, takes us on a quest where we discuss these kinds of questions. Originally intended for children, this book provides interesting philosophical conversations for adults as well. I discuss one chapter of …
 
Meghna Pant's book How to Get Published in India is an easy guide for all the aspiring writers in India that dream to get published one day. I discuss briefly what you will get out of this book in today's podcast. To know more, you can write us on contactkalampedia@gmail.com or visit www.kalampedia.org and check there.…
 
live in a hectic, hyperactive, over-stimulated age. Excessive busyness and overfilled schedules are the norm, as are their effects on our mental and emotional lives. How to overcome this challenge? We learn it through Eva Hoffman's book How to be Bored in today's podcast. Subscribe to keep exploring the world of books with me.…
 
Anansi is an Akan folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is sometimes considered to be a god of all knowledge of stories. In this podcast I narrate a story which tells us about how he came to possess all the stories. Keep listening. Don't forget to subscribe. Visit www.kalampedia.org to know more.…
 
Shashi Tharoor, in his book India Shastra, gives a broader perspective of India's history, culture, politics, social practices and much more. In one of the chapters, he talks about the atrocities committed by the British during the colonial period. I share this in today's podcast. Subscribe to keep listening to more such interesting stories or visi…
 
In her second compilation of published writing, Brianna Wiest explores pursuing purpose over passion, embracing negative thinking, seeing the wisdom in daily routine, and becoming aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. The collection is called 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think. I narrate one of the es…
 
Sohrab and Rustom is a narrative poem with strong tragic themes first published in 1853 by Matthew Arnold. The poem retells a famous episode from Ferdowsi's Persian epic Shahnameh relating how the great warrior Rustum unknowingly slew his long-lost son Sohrab in single combat. I narrate the story in today's podcast. Don't forget to subscribe to thi…
 
Classic Taoist wisdom applied to the world of parenting, guiding mothers and fathers to meaningful conversations and relationships with their children. William C. Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks -- parenting. I discuss some of these ideas in this podcast.…
 
In today's podcast I discuss Tété-Michel Kpomassie's memoirs titled An African in Greenland. It's beautifully narrated account of a young man who leaves Africa, travels through Europe, in search of Arctic mountains, and finally arrives in Greenland. Along the way he learns and shares some remarkable lessons on human societies.…
 
The Great Narrative of Phertajido was told in the Bo language, now among the extinct Indian languages. Its last speaker, Boa Sr, passed away in 2010. The language is a part of history now. However, thanks to Professor Anvita Abbi, parts of this ancient language have been preserved and documented. In her book Voices From The Lost Horizon, Professor …
 
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