Haiku is a term coined by Masaoka Shiki in 19th century Japan, but they existed long before that in feudal Japan, known as hokkus. A haiku is a three-line verse that conveys immediate emotions, generally […]

Greek mythology has many things to offer: gods, Titans, destruction of the world, monsters, mythical creatures, and not to mention heroes. Heroes generally destroy monsters, and go on quests to […]

With the release of the film Divergent in March 2014, Veronica Roth’s book series, The Divergent Trilogy, consisting of Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant, has had exploding sales. The trilogy is based on a post-apocalyptic future world […]

The Hindu epic the Ramayana is made of seven sections, or kaands: the Bala Kaand, Ayodhya Kaand, Aranya Kaand, Kishkinda Kaand, Sundara Kaand, Yudh Kaand and Uttara Kaand.  Through the years, the Ramayana has […]

Literature almost always is based on conflict: an external struggle, multiple personalities, emotional conflict and so on. External struggles, in various genres, often end in battle. Some external struggles, though, […]

Last month, my mother received a call from her boss, requesting her to go to Kenya for a workshop based on data warehousing and business intelligence. She had no experience […]