Editor’s Pick: The Week that was…

Apart from the pandemic, globally we seem to be battling on so many other fronts as well. From floods to forest fires, the natural calamities around us are scary. Every day as we wake up, our hearts pray for some good news amidst all the chaos that surrounds us. And it is this positivity which has helped us stay afloat. Positive stories of humanity, compassion and love show us how together, we will come out of this stronger and better.

“In times of this corona pandemic, people often ask when the world will return to its normal days! Don’t wait for normal days! Assume that abnormal days are normal days! Today’s abnormal normal is now our new normal! The world may not return to its old days; the smart person is the person who adapts to the changing world! All days are normal as long as you adjust yourself to the changes no matter how dramatic these changes are!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

Sharing this week’s recommendations without much ado, hoping these videos and articles help you sail through these times and fill your heart with love , hope and joy.

1. Books that merged cities with the story

We have always read stories where cities play an important role as a backdrop or at times, even as a protagonist. But there are some books which have taken it a bit further and blended the story and character so well that they couldn’t be told apart. Read on to know which books did so, beautifully.

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Editor’s Comments: At a time, when travel looks like a thing of past books are the only solace. For books are the ticket to a world that is waiting to be explored and what better way to do so than start with cities we have loved and dreamt of.

2. Out of tragedy comes literature

Gary Budzak talks about the impact of COVID-19 on literature and writers.

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Editor’s Comments: These words, “We are living archivists” in this write up by Anne Sokolsky (Professor of Comparative Literature at OWU) say it all. Brilliant piece on how stories are here to stay, the narratives might keep changing.

3) Secrets of Singapore

Did you know the secrets of Singapore’s most famous buildings? Watch, Catherine Nadira Tan, author of Secrets of Singapore: National Gallery shares her top 3 secrets.

Editor’s Comments: Yet another video which takes us on a virtual tour from the comforts of our home and shows us the hidden secrets of some of the most beautiful landmarks of Singapore. (It has a book recommendation too!)

Let the magic of the written word, heal you and help you deal with the uncertainty of the world around. We will be back soon with more recommendations for you.

Till then,

Stay safe!

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