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See You There, Vasundhara By Raja Sharma
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Vasundhara: Life begins again! Shashtriji: Hum… Vasundhara: Earth has completed its circle. Shashtriji (opening his eyes): Just like you, Vasundhara. Your name means ‘earth’,... More > and you take a complete circle every day. Vasundhara: Just adjust yourself a little higher on the pillows and take tea. Shashtriji: Who will help me there? Vasundhara: I am talking about here. Shashtriji: But still, I want to know who will tell me there!< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: Robinson Crusoe By Raja Sharma
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It is a fictional autobiography of Robinson Crusoe, who happens to be a castaway. Crusoe is compelled to spend twenty eight years on a remote island near Trinidad, the West Indies. He lives alone,... More > facing all sorts of dangers. He encounters cannibals, captives, and mutineers. Finally, he is rescued from that island. It is generally assumed that the story is inspired by a real life character, Alexander Selkirk who was a Scottish castaway who was forced to live for four years on the Pacific island called “Mass a Tierra”. The name of the island was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile.< Less
Motivational Stories: Part Eleven By Raja Sharma
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In this fast paced world, people hardly get time to pause and think about the forces which motivate or retard them. They are immersed in their works so deeply, earning and arranging that there is... More > hardly any time for them to read the stories which children used to read in the past. Nowadays, most of the children are lost in the world of electronic gadgets, course books, and the things which they think will make them successful in future, which is obviously told them by their elders. Gone are those elders who used to sit with their children to tell them beautiful inspiring stories. I am trying to add my share by reviving some of those stories in this series. These short stories are not only interesting, but also highly inspiring and motivating.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: Under the Net By Raja Sharma
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Ready Reference Treatise: Under the Net Copyright Preface Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: About the Title Chapter Three: Complete Review Chapter Four: Characters Chapter Five:... More > Plot Summary Chapter Six: Critical Analysis< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court By Raja Sharma
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Mark Twain was at the zenith of his literary career when he wrote the book “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” It is believed to be Twain’s more mature writing,... More > providing he hints to some of the cynical and dark themes. He had decided that it was going to be his last book, but even after the completion of this book he continued writing many stories and novelettes. Having received “Morte D’ Arthure” written by Thomas Malory from a friend, Twain got interested in the Arthurian canon.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: A Death In the Family By Raja Sharma
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The book “A Death In the Family” by James Agee is an autobiographical novel. The story is set in Knoxville, Tennessee. Agee started writing the book in the year 1948 but even at the time... More > of his death in the year 1955 the book was not quite complete. The book was edited posthumously and it was published in the year 1957 by Editor David McDowell. After Agee’s death, his widow and children were in critical financial situation, so David McDowell thought to help them by publishing the book.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: A Doll’s House By Raja Sharma
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“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a three act play. It is often called a problem play, for the author deals with the contemporary problem, without suggesting any concrete or... More > positive solution. The play first premiered on 21st of December 1879, at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the same week it was published in the form of a book. There was a huge controversy when the play was published for the first time because the play very harshly criticized the 19th century marriage norms.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: Gulliver's Travels By Raja Sharma
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“Gulliver’s Travels” by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift was first published in the year 1726. The original title of the book was ‘Travels into Several Remote... More > Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships.’ “Gulliver’s Travels” is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the ‘travellers’ tales.’ The book is considered as Swift’s best known full length work. It is regarded as a classic of English literature. It is said to have gained quick popularity right after its publication. In a letter to Jonathan Swift, John Gay wrote, "It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery." The book has never been out of print from the time of its first publication. When it was first published, “Gulliver’s Travels” was declared a controversial book. It took Swift to have the entire original text published.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: Coriolanus By Raja Sharma
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When exactly the play “Coriolanus” was enacted first is not known, however, according to the most of the scholars, the play was launched somewhere between 1605 and 1610. Some others try... More > to emphasize that the play was first staged in probably 1608 or 1609. The discontent with the government happens to be the most significant theme of the play. The scholars often connect the play with the Midlands Uprising, which happened to be a series of peasant riots in 1607.< Less
Ready Reference Treatise: The Poisonwood Bible By Raja Sharma
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First of all, the title “The Poisonwood Bible” draws the attention of the readers. It is not only appropriate but also indispensable. The biblical tradition of male dominance over female... More > is ultimately challenged and denounced by the Price women. The father, Nathan Price, continues to follow the belief that the Africans are living in darkness. One tempts to ask a very simple question that how a devout Christian can immediately declare that the people who have been following their traditions for ages are living in darkness. It is true that some of the beliefs of the natives are superstitious, but the same can be said about the people who follow Christianity. When Reverend Price’s daughter dies after a snake bite, he says that she was not baptized. Does it mean that she would have survived had she been baptized?< Less