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Finished reading "CHE'S AFTERLIFE:The Legacy of an Image" by Michael Casey.

The Argentine revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara was killed 46 years ago, but his name and image are found today in all corners of the globe. Not only in political circles but also in fashion, commerce and pop culture. An estimated 40 million people own something with Che's name or face.

It is said that Che is the world's greatest T-shirt salesman. Che's face also appears on mouse pads, doormats, beach towels, cigarette lighters, condoms, lip balm, bikinis, hair combs, vodka, key rings, necklaces, etc.

Che Guevara fought against the capitalist system, but today's capitalists are raking in millions of dollars by making and selling the Che brand.

This book by Michael Casey gives a pretty good idea of how the world is still drawn to Che as a hot commodity.

Finished reading "Across the River and into the Trees" by Ernest Hemingway.

The story is set in post-war Venice. A 51-year-old American military officer and a 19-year-old aristocratic Venetian girl truly love each other. At her prompting, he recalls his exploits during World War 2. He goes duck hunting one Sunday, shoots four or five fat ducks, and dies of a heart attack in the evening. A touching novel.

Originally Posted by IGH:

 







 
**Guyana Gallery member wins Guyana Prize for Literature**

The Management Committee of the Guyana Prize for Literature has awarded the Prize in the category of BEST FIRST BOOK OF FICTION to Professor Chaitram Singh for his novel β€œThe Flour Convoy.”

Chait’s "The February 23rd. Coup" was the runner-up in the category of BEST BOOK OF FICTION. The prizes were announced by President Ramotar at a ceremony last night at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Chait was allowed five minutes to read from his book, and was also required to present the Acceptance Speech on behalf of all the winners.

The prizes were awarded to the winners last night by President Donald Ramotar at the Pegasus Hotel.

The JCCSS Alumni Association takes pride in the honors and accolades earned by one of our grads, and extends warm congratulations to Chaitram Singh even as we encourage him to keep on writing for his supportive readership.
 
 
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Congratulations to Chaitram Singh for winning the Guyana Prize award for Best First Book of Fiction and for his high placement in the Best Book of Fiction category.

Chaitram, a West Point graduate, was denied the opportunity to pursue a military career in Guyana in the mid-1970s. He took a teaching job in Berbice, returned to the US, advanced himself academically and is now a professor emeritus. Evidently, judging from the setting and subject matter of his two novels, Chaitram has not given up on Guyana. His effort has paid off with the Guyana Prize, and I hope he will write more books, fiction and non-fiction, on Guyana.

IGH, a true and dear friend presented these two books to me recently.

Trouble is, I couldn't read them because I have a high "to read" pile.

Yesterday, following news Chaitram Singh won a Guyana Prize, I started reading THE FLOUR CONVOY.

I finished Chapter 1, dealing with the bomb hoax at Timehri airport and how customs used the opportunity to detain outgoing passengers who had money and gold jewelry in their luggage. Those were the days when Guyanese were only allowed to leave with $15 travelling allowance.

I like Chaitram's style and attention to detail.

 

 

I am currently reading the book above-- I first read it in 1997 and has re-read it a few times since.

 

Here is the first sentence in the introduction:

 

"No matter how accomplished we may be, no matter how happy or wealthy or talented, at some point we all find ourselves seeking a deeper meaning in life."

 

 

The Rev highly recommends "Toward A Meaningful Life".

 

Rev

 

Finished reading "From Fidel Castro to Mother Teresa" by Joe McGowan, Jr.

The author was a correspondent for Associated Press, the American leading news agency. In this book he recalls his journalistic experiences in Cuba, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

As the title suggests, he met Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He also met Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India.

Finished reading "Painting Chinese" by Herbert Kohl.

This is a memoir by Kohl, a lifelong American educator and writer.

Nearing his 70th birthday, Kohl enrolled in a private art school to learn chinese painting. His classmates were children. Kohl discovered the child in himself, its eagerness for new things, and also gains a new spiritual awareness and exposure to millennia-old chinese philosophy.

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Originally Posted by yuji22:

The Journey Home is a must read. Written by a great American Swami. 

 

 

 

 

JourneyHome

Amazon.com Book Description:

"Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.
Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming."