Friday, 25 January 2019

Doubt, protest and empathy

The three Christian theological virtues were faith, hope and charity. In addition to the four classical virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance and justice, these three came together to form the seven virtues of the Christian world.

In the twenty-first century, I think faith is less of a virtue than it earlier was when religion had greater significance for a larger section of the population. On the contrary, what improves the world is technological innovation, which in itself is fuelled by doubt.

One of the other factors which improves humankind is acquiring rights, which is rarely gifted but has to be demanded and seized from the powers that be. The protests manifesting the demand are carried out in hope, hope that the demands will be met. Thus, hope in the form of protest remains one of the forms of human progress.

Charity (Latin caritas = love) was the greatest of the Christian theological virtues. I think it remains the greatest virtue even now. In order to love or even be charitable (in the modern sense of donating), one needs to empathise, imagine oneself in the place of another.

Thus, I think the three modern virtues which propel the human race forward are doubt, protest and empathy.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Rhetorical devices/ figures of speech most amenable to computer detection

Devices which use repetition of a specific word or a sequence of words are most amenable to automatic computer detection algorithms.

Thus, these figures of speech are easier to detect than other rhetorical devices

Anadiplosis
Anaphora
Epanalepsis
Epiphora or epistrophe
Conduplicatio
Epizeuxis or palilogia
Mesodiplosis
Polysyndeton
Symploce


Other figures of speech which are also similarly amenable are

Alliteration — one or more letters at the beginning of a word, rather than an entire word, being repeated
Anti-metabole — the word order is reversed, so slightly tougher for the computer to detect
Homeoteleuton — reverse of alliteration. One or more letters at the end of a word, rather than an entire word, being repeated

Thursday, 22 November 2018

New English fiction recommendation lists

Commonwealth and US
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Man Booker Prize

International
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Man Booker International Prize

India
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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
JCB Prize for Literature
The Hindu Literary Prize

USA
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US National Book Award for Fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Edgar Allan Poe Award

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

My favourite classical Greek tragedies

Aeschylus
Agamemnon

Sophocles
Ajax
Antigone
Philoctetes
Oedipus the King

Euripides
Trojan Women
Medea
Iphigenia at Aulis
Iphigenia in Tauris

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Penguin Classics editions of Euripides

19 plays by Euripides are extant today. They are published by Penguin Classics in various anthologised volumes.


Heracles and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Heracles
Iphigenia among the Taurians
Helen
Ion
Cyclops

Medea and other plays, translated by John Davie (4 plays)
Medea
Alcestis
Children of Heracles
Hippolytus

Electra and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Electra
Suppliant Women
Andromache
Hecabe
Trojan Women

The Bachhae and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Phoenician Women
Orestes
Bachhae
Iphigenia at Aulis
Rhesus

Orestes and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (6 plays)
The Children of Heracles
Andromache
The Suppliant Women
Phoenician Women
Orestes
Iphigenia at Aulis


Alcestis and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (3 plays)
Alcestis
Iphigenia in Tauris
Hippolytus


Medea and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (4 plays)
Medea
Hecabe
Electra
Heracles


The Bachhae and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (4 plays)
Ion
The Women of Troy
Helen
The Bachhae

Philip Vellacott did not translate Cyclops and Rhesus.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Things good about India

1. Vegetarianism (though there is a lack of veganism, so it’s not too much of a good)
2. Low amount of per capita consumption of alcohol
3. Poverty = less carbon foot print

Can’t think of much else right now.