The Alchemist: A Personal Legend of a Shepherd

For Coelho, personal calling is “God’s blessing.” It is the path that God choses for us here on Earth. “Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend.” The centrality of personal legends in ‘The Alchemist’ tries to answer why it is so important to be aware and live our personal calling. Santiago’s personal legend …

What Do You Think About This Image?

I have an image that went “viral” recently on the Internet among Nepali. The image not only created widespread criticism and debate on social media but also widely covered in mainstream media. In the photo, we can see Chairpersons of Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal, Sadbhawana Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party- Upendra Yadav, Rajendra Mahato and Mahendra Raya Yadav meeting …

Why Globalization is not a one-way-street

Schuman Michael’s article, published in the TIME in 2013, begins like a fairy tale: “Once upon a time, globalization simply meant the export of Western culture to the rest of the world. Now the world is turning the tables.” It means globalization is not a “one way street” as he concludes: “globalization is becoming more inclusive and more balanced between different parts …

How ‘Avatar’ Critiques/Supports American Imperialism

Dominic Alessio and Kristen Meredith in their essay “Decolonizing James Cameron’s Pandora: Imperial History and Science Fiction” analyses James Cameron’s 2009 science fiction blockbuster Avatar as a critique to American imperialism. Their analysis is based on the socio-political contexts in which it was written, “namely the American-led invasion of Iraq during the presidency of George W. Bush (2000-2008).” According to …

How to make American Studies Association more inclusive? Mary Helen Washington’s suggestions

Mary Helen Washington, in her inaugural address as the newly elected president of the American Studies Association (ASA) in 1997, advocated for the institutional change in ASA by asking a question to her colleagues and scholars. Her question, “What happens to American Studies if you put African American studies at the center?” draws the attention towards the historical marginalization of …

The List of Books for Final Semester

Ah! Its final semester of MA in English. Here is the list of books I am reading as my text books: American Studies: An Introduction (Collections of articles) Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Inferno – A Verse Translated by Allen Mandelbaum The Enchantress of Florence by Salman …