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Dhaak: Breakfast with John Milton

John Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious and political instability, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost. […]

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Dhaak: Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

Goldsmith died after a brief illness in 1774, at the age of just 43, and is buried in London's Temple Church. Johnson would remember him as a man 'who left scarcely any kind of writing untouched and who touched nothing that he did not adorn'. […]

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Dhaak: Sir Walter Scott, the poetic Unionist and a Tory

Scott was the most successful writer of his day. Not only did he sell more books, but he was the author most generally admired. He was a radical inventor of literary forms, and he turned the novel into an expressive medium for a variety of period, class, and regional experience. All British, American, and European novelists of the nineteenth century learned from his ways of writing. He was the great inventor in opera too. […]

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Dhaak: Tulsidas and his oneness with Rama

Tulsi works hard to manage contradictions: Sanskrit and Avadhi, Nirgun and Sagun, human and divine. He doesn’t always succeed in making convincing arguments. His logic is full of holes. But we love him for trying, for trying with such skill and such purity of intention. Viewed this way his message appears to be: Don’t fight, just love your God. […]

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Dhaak: Jane Austen and her perseverance lessons

Austen's own life was a lesson in forbearance. She published her six celebrated novels in the space of seven years and died at the age of only 41. "On paper it looks like she has a secure life but she is sent off to boarding school twice and she almost dies," says Dr Helena Kelly, author of Jane Austen: A Secret Radical. […]

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Dhaak: Rabindranath Tagore - The essence

In Tagore’s vision of the future of his country, and of the world, there was in fact much emphasis on reason and much celebration of freedom—precisely the subjects on which more discussion can have an enormously constructive role today. […]

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