Archive for the 'Articles & Books' Category

Three Daughters of Eve

August 7, 2017

Another engaging book I couldn’t wait reading by Elif Şafak – Three Daughters of Eve – a book about identity, politics, religion and God, provocative and philosophical as most of her writing.

The sinner, the believer and the confused – there Muslim girls all with different views in a class about ‘understanding God’ at Oxford University. And an enigmatic and controversial professor who encourages students to express their opinions.

Peri back then in her childhood, Peri back then at Oxford and Peri back now in Istanbul. The unresolved issues from the past seem to haunt her (as they do all of us) until we find the right solution for them. “Three Daughters of Eve” and the story of each girl resonated deeply with me.

Mind on Maps

July 25, 2017

I have written about Mind Map Ninja Antti Halla previously and can’t help dropping a line again after reading his “Mind on Maps“. When a software engineer gets into the conceptual approach to mind mapping, you get to know how to structure your thoughts and the process of working with them. Mind mapping is a useful means to extend one’s ability to think.

It is astonishing to me how the word “mind” is present in both “mind mapping” and “mindfulness”. The former exclusively deals with focussing on the mind, the latter, however, deals with switching off the mind, and then I wonder why nobody calls it what it stands for – sensefulness actually 🙂

The big takeover for me from A. Halla’s book is to improve one’s ability to think methodically – finding similarities, differences, and relationships between things.

Once you explore the unchartered territories of your mind, they no longer look scary. Fantastic book written in a fascinating and very engaging way.

Feeding Anaconda

June 23, 2017

Anacondas are the largest snakes in the world known for the method they use to kill their prey – constriction. Same as the shade in all of us.

The author of “Feeding Anaconda” (in Bulgarian) – Janeta Stoykova is one of the most supporting people I have ever met, applying just the opposite method of constriction in every situation.

Her book about the (im)possible connection with oneself, all people of importance around us, and the world, is an incredible combination of philosophy and personal experiences told in a very engaging way.

“That is why I share with you some of my music… If it irritates your ears, maybe it is not for you or maybe … it is exactly the music you need.” As my personal Anaconda is insatiable, Janeta’s music (composition of words) is the sound my ears love to hear.

Cinderella

February 12, 2017

What fascinated me about the  Cinderella (2011) movie was the original story line (the myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward) intriguingly intertwined with quite contemporary real-life situations. Fairies play important roles in fairy tales and in this particular case, the fairy was Aurora’s grandmother. We all once in a while need fairies and they do seem appear at the right time in one form or another.

Anna Karenina

February 6, 2017

Great books sometimes turn into great movies. Anna Karenina (2013 TV series) is an outsanding production. Both casting and acting were superb. Snowy Russia and the story lines of Anna and Levin in Tolstoy’s grand work. And the eternal topics: search of real love, faith in God and the meaning of life. One can’t agree more that: “All happy families are alike. But every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Journey into the Past

February 3, 2017

Stefan Zweig – the master of psychological novellas in his “Journey into the Past” and other stories keeps your mind alert through every page. Involving plots, effective writing style.

“Water has its boiling point, metals their melting points. The elements of the spirit behave the same way. Happiness can reach a pitch so great that any further happiness can’t be felt. Pain, despair, humiliation, disgust, and fear are no different. Once the vessel is full, the world can’t add to it.”