Home A close friend asked me recently what ‘home’ meant to me. It’s not that we often delve into the philosophical during our frequent conversations together; she needed some information for a project she was working on and was interested in getting the perspectives of her friends and family. I was flipping through the answers she got from various other ...

Aurora Joker Card, by Chronoperates I went out to a movie and came back dead. Batman, the movie was. One of those superhero movies Where a masked vigilante finds himself in extraordinary situations and somehow emerges Triumphant. Unscathed. A hero who could never die, who could take down a hundred men without any help. Then there’s me – in the ...

Skoonheid (Beauty): A discussion NOTE: Contains spoilers At the wedding of his daughter, Francois van Heerden, thin-lipped and cold-eyed, watches a young man from across the room as he laughs and talks with friends; and if it wasn’t for the length of the stare, you wouldn’t know why. Francois is a man who has become the mask he must have donned years ago, from ...

God Only Knows (Beach Boys cover) The greatest love songs cover all kinds of love, and that, I think, is this song’s triumph. It’s not just about romantic love — you can sing it to your lover, but it would be just as true if you sang it to your child, your best friend, your mother. Furthermore, it’s not about sweeping statements and dramatic declarations. ...

Hate Also published on Groundviews.org image by michal tokarczuk Tell me, do you feel it every day? When you’re buying groceries, taking a train to somewhere; when you smoke, eat or dream? Does it take a toll? Make your feet drag, perhaps, or your head ache? * Tell me, Does it get away from you sometimes? Have people around you sensed ...

Catcher in the Rye: my thoughts. WARNING: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the book.   I finished reading J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye today. Despite being such a short book (at just over 200 pages), I was surprised that I managed to finish it so quickly. I read every day but sparingly – perhaps on the train on the way to work if I’m lucky enough to ...

I see songs in colour and line. This might sound strange but that is one of the many ways I experience music: I visualize it involuntarily. As soon as it fills my ears, it fills my head with tinted pulses and waves and I revel in the sensory experience no matter where I am – [...]

Crash Into Me http://weheartit.com/entry/13078125 Whenever I hear this song I think of the sea. I’m not sure why, but there’s a sea-like quality in the songs and lyrics; the way he talks about lust and love and dreaming. Perhaps it’s simply the word ‘crash’. I don’t know. Either

Secret from http://butterflycry-.tumblr.com/ There’s just something about Maroon 5 – I’ve always loved their sound and admire how they manage to be one of the few ‘pop’ bands out there with real soul. Their melodies and lyrics are usually extremely vivid: wh

Everyone who knows me knows I love music and singing. I grew up watching Michael Jackson concerts with starry-eyes, believing till an embarrassingly old age that all you needed was passion and talent in order to make it big in showbiz. While other kids were talking about becoming doctors, I had my sights set on a Grammy. I was so ...

May 28, 2011 14,000 things to be happy about Settling down here hasn’t been easy – and that comes from someone who wasn’t expecting a fairytale to begin with. Still, I have to say I wasn’t prepared for how difficult it would be. A lot of the time it was like I was watching myself ...

Lift-off; touch-down. Airplane_by_MiekoMiley The plane purred into the humid early morning air, as if it was rousing itself in preparation for the journey ahead. Strapped not-so-comfortably into my seat, I was doing exactly the opposite. Literally minutes away from lift-off, I was plagued by a sudden and unfamiliar urge to run ba

Rebirth Originally published on Groundviews. Floods in Batticaloa (http://airforce.lk) I haven’t been reading the news much lately. I heard about the floods in the East and North Central Province and thought abstractly to myself, ‘how awful’. I watched the downpour in Colombo itself and complained about the shivering cold of that one day during ...

The stars have it… or do they? Marry Me Young, by PlayPretend There’s just something about storybook fortune-tellers, isn’t there? Whether they are men or women, young or old; whether they read stars, tarot cards, palms or crystal balls, they all seem ageless somehow; and beautiful, and wise. The ide

ICE (Written a while ago but probably just as – if not more – relevant today…) Ice Heart, by Happy Tea The block of ice was determined. It could survive – even in this heat. If it just gathered its resolve and stayed frigid, things would be alright. The sun would ...

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