Of Letters, Myths And Pain

Last month I posted ‘Food, brands and rickshawallas…‘ featuring some interesting stuff I read online. Well, here’s a new bunch of random stories worth reading.

I stumbled upon this one as I was trying to find ways to get over Mikael Blomkvist and move on to other intriguing fictitious Swedish men. This is a letter written by Steig Larsson for his partner Eva Gabrielsson and one she found amongst his things post his death. It was marked To be opened only after my death and was writen more than 30 years ago. It’s a sad, beautiful letter, one that’s worth reading over and over again (almost like the stuff movies are made of *sigh*)  – http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/10/everything-comes-to-end.html

Next I have this awesome time lapse video to share. This one’s courtesy the person who manages Huffinton Post’s Twitter account.  To quote from that article… 21-year-old Cory McLeod can play back his entire life in just over six minutes, thanks to his dad’s dedication and creativity. Ian McLeod took a photo of Cory every day since birth (inevitably missing just a few), and then compiled all 7,500 shots into a head-spinning time-lapse video. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/ian-mcleod-21-years_n_1961336.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003)

Ok so maybe I’m the only one who has never heard of quora.com and right now I don’t even remember what was I looking for when I saw this piece question about What was the relationship between Draupadi and the Pandavas like?. But I just had to know the answer because except for Draupadi, all other instances of polygamy that I’ve read about have been about one man and many wives. Some very interesting perspectives in the answers that came in and there’s also a mention about a book titled The Palace of Illusions which tells the story from Draupadi’s  perspective.

The last recommendation in this post is a story about Ashlyn Blocker, the girl who feels no pain. This was shared on Twitter by a friend, Krutika Mody,  who like me is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy (in Season 3 episode 3 there’s a girl called Megan who suffers from congenital insensitivity to pain). Anyways coming back to reality, this is a well written piece about what it’s like growing up without being able to experience physical pain. Makes me think about how nobody wants to feel pain, but actually having to live without it could be so much more dangerous.   (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/magazine/ashlyn-blocker-feels-no-pain.html?pagewanted=1&hp)

So there you have it, four pieces that I think are worth a read.


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