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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: His Tragic Characters Suffer from Narcissism, the Bittersweet Infatuation – VII

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Spread the love            To what extent did Hardy suffer narcissistic injuries as a consequence of erratic maternal care? Giordano notes that Hardy was plagued by feelings of low self-esteem, referring to himself on his forty-seventh birthday as “Thomas the Unworthy” (The Life of Thomas Hardy). Although we do not usually think  of  Hardy  as  a  mother-fixated  novelist,  as  we  do  of  D.  H. Lawrence, Gittings observes that […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Sue Submits to a Vindictive God, a Reflection of Her Bad Father – VI

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Spread the love            A shadowy bad parent haunts Jude the Obscure, linking three generations of Fawleys. Each generation executes a death sentence in the name of the parents. Sue interprets her children’s deaths as a sign of divine punishment for her wicked union with Jude. Sue submits herself to a vindictive God, a reflection of […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Conflicts of Sue Understood through Definition of Melancholia by Freud – V

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Spread the love            Freud’s definition of melancholia (depression) describes many of Sue’s conflicts: “a profoundly painful dejection, cessation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity, and a lowering of the self-regarding feelings to a degree that finds utterance in self-reproaches and self-reviling, and culminates in a […]


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An Overview of the Ideas and Visions of Rabindranath Tagore

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Spread the love            Rooted in the Indian reality, minus its dogmas, the flight of Rabindranath Tagore’s creative genius made him a global citizen. Swapan delves into the world of his ideas and visions, as Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths.   Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet, prose writer and a Nobel Laureate who found […]


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Musings of Tagore on Love and Mysticism

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Spread the love            A relentlessly seeking, sensitive, intellectual soul, Tagore wanted to drink the elixir of life to the dregs. He found beauty in everything around him. Even the minuscule objects of daily life filled him with delight. The Sufi minstrel within him, seeks the Divine amidst nature, opines Ruchira, in the Special Feature. A Different Truths […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Sue as Victim and Victimiser – IV

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Spread the love            Even as Sue punishes herself by returning to a husband she has never loved, she abandons the lover who has remained devoted to her. Sue occupies a dual role in the novel, victim (of Phillotson) and victimiser (of Jude). The roles are interrelated. In terms of ego psychology she identifies with the […]


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A Weed of Mine

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Spread the love            Atrayee fictionalises a real-life experience about how an autistic child chose her, tugging on to the pallu of her saree. The paroxysms of emotions and his acceptance make him bloom. Read more in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. ‘Let me sow the seed and water it. Let it sprout first. […]


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Singapore: It is a Faustian Deal

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Spread the love            Singapore tops the ranks in Asia as the city with the best quality of living, well ahead of Tokyo and Hong Kong because of its efficient infrastructure. The multiculturalism of Singapore is felt through a lack of overly obvious religious symbols for all religions and ensuring that celebrations are truly joyous affairs. […]


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Prof. Birbal Sahni: The Father Figure of Paleobotany in Asia

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Spread the love           Professor Birbal Sahni exemplified genuine excellence in science. It would not be hyperbolic to describe his as the father figure of paleobotany in Asia. He set up an institute in Lucknow which until a few decades ago was regarded as the Mecca of paleobotany all over the world. Here’s a tribute by Prof. […]


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Women in Armed Forces: A Test of Fortitude

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Spread the love            The relationship between traditional male commanders in the armed forces as also the soldiers with the increasing numbers of women in the armed forces would be one of the most robust ways to create a society that looks at its women and men on merit and capabilities, and not judge them on […]


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