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Book Review – The Devil’s Gate: An Impossible Journey


A doctor by profession and a writer by passion, “The Devil’s Gate: An Impossible Journey” is Deepak Kripal’s first novel. Though he is already a known name in the blogosphere, he was waiting for the right story to debut with. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

Plundered by humans of their habitats, animals take a drastic step when they decide to send a team of a cat named as Katy and a dog named as Dug, to an invisible island known, as the Island of ‘Five Hundred Graves’. The island becomes visible only for a short time on the night of the full moon.

Legend has it that the island is inhabited by the demons. Katy and Dug are supposed to negotiate a deal with the demons, convincing them to allow the animals to inhabit the island. Majority of the animal community believe that tinkering with the other world could bring their wrath to the animals. The team is sent to the island nevertheless.

But can a deal with the dead be materialized?

Are there really demons on the island? Is there any conspiracy involved?

Will Katy and Dug be able to negotiate, or will survival remain their only question in the deadly island.

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That feeling of joining the bandwagon!

“Hey! All of them are taking part in this event. How can you expect me to miss it?”

“Look at those guys in the software industry. Even though there are too many of them, they are enjoying their lives. I also want to join it. That would at least assure me of a guaranteed job and income. Once I join, I can keep searching for a better job, what say?”

“If all those guys can get a girl, why can’t I? Is there something which they have and I don’t?”

“These days, guys around us are developing six packs left, right and center. Look at us. We are good for nothing”

PS: This post deals with examples related to the effects of joining the bandwagon in our daily lives. It doesn’t deal with joining national or the Indian independent movements and examples of that kind.

I am sure there are many of us who must have come up with at least one of the above statements at some point in time. Is it really necessary that we must do the same what everyone has done for years? What is so special about joining the bandwagon? Is it a fad? Does it really give us a high when we just do the same thing what millions do? Lets check it out.

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Guest Post By Nadia Jones – The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

As the school year ends, high school grads will begin to contemplate where they want to attend college. Considering numerous factors, including tuition, major, location, and sports, choosing the school where they will spend the next four years of their lives, harvesting their dreams can be a difficult and daunting process. Many young men and women will choose to go to school at small liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. Liberal arts education emphasizes a well-rounded learning experience. Liberal learning introduces books and music, science and philosophy, mathematics and literature in order to harbor creative and disciplined habits of the mind. At these institutions, education is about learning to think creatively and critically in all disciplines rather than reducing one’s interests and thoughts to one material circumstance. Today, with technology and society ever changing, it no longer makes sense to spend four years learning a single trade. Job hopefuls need to enter the workforce with an education that is dynamic and diverse.

In a liberal arts degree program, students are generally required to complete a certain amount of “common” curriculum credit hours alongside their major’s curriculum requirements. These courses include general science, mathematics, literature, foreign language, and history classes. This means that even a Physics major will have to complete a class on literature and that even an English major will have to take a course in the Mathematics department. While this can be frustrating for students, it is an immeasurably valuable endeavor. Having a diverse education is a selling point for any employer in any industry. While an electrical engineer probably won’t need to understand what the whale symbolizes in Melville’s Moby Dick, having a level of comfort with written argument and within a subject that they are less confident in is a valuable lesson learned. Liberal arts education focuses on producing well-rounded individuals who are comfortable or at least introduced to every subject matter.

While liberal arts education forces students to take classes they might not otherwise pursue, all too often students enter these schools with a narrow idea of what it is they are interested in. I believe that it is important to enter college with an open mind as to what you might be interested in. Use this time to discover what subjects truly interest and inspire you. You may go into college thinking that you want to be a doctor and discover that you love anthropology. Be open to change. Take classes you wouldn’t normally take and you might surprise yourself. You will find no other opportunity in your life (unless you strike oil) to take amazing classes from the smartest people in the country and learn about any subject you desire. Don’t limit yourself just because surgeons make more money than kindergarten teachers or CEOs have nicer cars than scientists. Find something that inspires you to mean something in the world we live in.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at

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