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How to read a novel, a poem and a judgment: Yes, we need to learn the art of reading all over again

Few have read classics beyond the compulsory reading at schools. Almost none can recite a major poem or quote from a classic play.

Often as a writer, I want to report what media thinks of as a non-event.

What passes as history today is often ephemeral. I wonder why ideas and discussions do not get reported and if they do, they get distorted into brand names or ideologies.

Even the weather gets reported more systematically then ideas. There are speculations about the monsoon, the rise in temperature but there are few reports of the seasons of the intellect, about the festivals of mind. An academic discussion is seen as dull unless it is inaugurated by a VIP or

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