On Ash Wednesday this year, I made a decision that I had been avoiding for a few weeks. I decided that, for the first time since when I was about 13 or 14 years old, I would not be sacrificing anything or abstaining from anything during Lent this year. It was a decision I knew … Continue reading On Religion and Reasons: Why Fast for Lent?
It's a long-running joke in my house that we're not allowed to curse. And by curse, I mean anything as strong as an innocent "damn". My sister and I are highly amused by my mother's insistence upon this rule, and the fact that till date, with us at ages 16 and 20 respectively, everyone around … Continue reading On Expletives & Expression
Do you think you have self-control? Or are you impulsive, and give in to every need? More importantly, how much do you think you should have self-control? I consider myself a reasonably self-controlled individual, when it matters. And by that, I mean that I can stop myself from indulging in something if I know I really … Continue reading On Self-control & Satisfaction
Ask me the lyrics of any song from Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' album, which I listened to on repeat in 2011, and I will perform the entire song for you perfectly (well, as perfectly as I can) despite not having heard it in years. Ask me the ridiculously long name of a character in a … Continue reading On Memory & Mnemonics: Specific Ways to Learn Information Efficiently
I lived in the UK for 2 years when I was young, and the primary school I attended gave a great amount of importance to music. Children as young as 7 years of age are introduced to the recorder, and then over the consecutive years of Primary 4-6 they are offered the chance to learn … Continue reading On Piano lessons & Prodigies
I was at a funeral the other day, surrounded by the mourning friends and family of a lovely old lady, and listening to her daughter's heartfelt eulogy as I dwelled on something I have observed. At all the funerals I've been to and heard of, I always notice how no one has anything but good … Continue reading On Funerals & Forgiveness