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Nandakishore Varma is 40% done with The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
What you learn from Eighteenth Century Literature: Dryden, Pope, Swift and Johnson were conservatives, fighting a rearguard action against enlightenment which was replacing God's law with man's.
Jul 30, 2015 08:34AM Add a comment
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Going on my annual vacation today, for approximately a month. I won't be very active on GR... it will depend a lot on net availability. Cheerio!
Jul 30, 2015 01:53AM 7 comments

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 428 of 519 of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
The Soldier and the Carpenter - what a weird story!
Jul 29, 2015 01:36AM Add a comment
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Nandakishore Varma
Nandakishore Varma is 40% done with The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
What we learn from Seventeenth Century Litearture:

1. God can be more exciting than sex.
2. Obedience is more liberating than rebellion (deep, that).
3. Freedom of speech is not an invention of liberal society. It originated in Seventeenth Century Christian England.

Onward to further discoveries...
Jul 28, 2015 08:39PM 5 comments
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

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Nandakishore Varma is 35% done with The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
What we learn from Renaissance Literature:

1. Even though Marlowe is loved by the despicable liberals for his "transgressive" tendencies, his art shows that ultimately, sinners will come to a sticky end - like he did.
2. Shakespeare's works are about human nature, which is eternal and unchanging, including the morality of his world (for example, The Taming of the Shrew shows acceptable treatment of women).
Jul 27, 2015 09:03PM Add a comment
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

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These "Politically Incorrect" series of guides have to be seen to be believed. It seems that they have been modelled on the "Dummies" series. IMO, they should have kept the title too - only dummies can take these books seriously. And they have to be pretty dumb dummies.
Jul 27, 2015 12:59AM Add a comment

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Nandakishore Varma is 23% done with The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
What to learn from Medieval English Literature:

1. Life under a Christian government is best. Separation of the Church and the State is not good, as then there will be no higher authority to control the ruler.
2. Contrary to modern portrayals, life in medieval times was free and vibrant.
3. Don't listen to feminist BS. Men and women should play traditional roles. Chivalry will take care of women's needs.
Jul 26, 2015 09:04PM 2 comments
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

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Nandakishore Varma is 15% done with The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
What to learn from Old English Literature:

1. War is good. 2. To die in battle is noble. 3. You have to choose your enemies - followers of a certain gent with horns and a forked tail. 4. Christianity is the great civilising force.

- Onward to lesson 2!
Jul 26, 2015 12:37PM Add a comment
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Nandakishore Varma is reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
I have just got through the introduction, and this promises to be pretty strong stuff. I never knew the English professors in America went to all this trouble to keep the good stuff from the students. And how did they all become commies? Are literate people in such short supply among the right wingers?
Jul 26, 2015 08:37AM Add a comment
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Nandakishore Varma is reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
This series seems to be so over-the-board right wing that it's guaranteed to be hilarious. And I am in the mood for conservative-bashing. ;)
Jul 26, 2015 08:02AM 2 comments
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 363 of 519 of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
The Jew in the Thornbush - a rare, explicitly antisemitic tale.
Jul 25, 2015 05:15AM 1 comment
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 41 of 406 of ജാതിവ്യവസ്ഥിതിയും കേരളചരിത്രവും
It seems that apart from pepper, the Roman traders were unaware of the spices of Kerala. The author puts forward the theory that this is because there was no active cultivation of anything, and spices such as ginger and cardamom were unknown to Keralites themselves. The society was basically aboriginal, gathering what was plentifully available on the forest vines. The so-called "kings" were only tribal chieftains.
Jul 21, 2015 08:54PM Add a comment
ജാതിവ്യവസ്ഥിതിയും കേരളചരിത്രവും

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 28 of 406 of ജാതിവ്യവസ്ഥിതിയും കേരളചരിത്രവും
It seems that the tiny state of Kerala (38,844 sq. km) had more than 30 "kingdoms" who kept on warring with each other. But the victorious kings never occupied the loser's land, nor did they try to obliterate the dynasty. Maybe they saw it as game - like football pool. :D
Jul 20, 2015 09:09PM 1 comment
ജാതിവ്യവസ്ഥിതിയും കേരളചരിത്രവും

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 210 of 405 of Dark is the Sun
This is a bit juvenile, like a kid's adventure story. I was under the impression that Farmer writes more serious stuff. But good fun!
Jul 15, 2015 02:22AM Add a comment
Dark is the Sun

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 106 of 374 of Marupiravi
Feels like boring history lesson. I am shelving this book for now.
Jul 12, 2015 09:12PM Add a comment
Marupiravi

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 340 of 528 of American Sniper
"On the front of my arm, I had a crusader cross inked in. I wanted everyone to know I was a Christian. I had it put in in red, for blood. I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting. I always will. They’ve taken so much from me."

-What exactly has been taken, I wonder.
Jul 11, 2015 05:30AM 1 comment
American Sniper

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 265 of 528 of American Sniper
"...I went to war for my country, not Iraq. My country sent me out there so that bulshit wouldn’t make its way back to our shores.

I never once fought for the Iraqis. I could give a flying fuck about them."

-Well, at least he is more honest than the politicians, who wage war to make the world "safe for democracy".
Jul 10, 2015 10:12PM Add a comment
American Sniper

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 265 of 528 of American Sniper
“Despite what your momma told you ... violence does solve problems” - slogan of Craft International, the company created by Chris Kyle after he left the Navy. Really inspiring.
Jul 10, 2015 08:04PM Add a comment
American Sniper

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Nandakishore Varma is on page 170 of 528 of American Sniper
"Man, this is going to be good, I thought. We are going to kill massive amounts of bad guys. And I’m going to be in the middle of it."

-So exciting, this business of killing "bad guys". Just like a video game.
Jul 10, 2015 08:19AM 12 comments
American Sniper

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