Crushing Marigolds with Gandhi’s Control Theory & Johari Window: Perception of Self & Others

Johari Window is an approach that aids in understanding relationships, whether it be with oneself or with others. Designed by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham, it is a heuristic exercise that allows for a deep dive into how much information about a person is HIDDEN and a recognition of what all about that person …

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Freytag’s Analysis, Richard Gere, and The Great Indian Arranged Marriages

Gustav Freytag, the German playwright devised the Freytag's Pyramid — a dramatic structure that explains the sequential steps a story follows. Exposition: The setting is introduced, the mood or the atmosphere is set, backstory may be mentioned. He stood in the open courtyard. His tan loafers touched the freshly mopped marble floor. A large copper …

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Infidel: From Somalia to Amsterdam

'Infidel' by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This true story is about Hirsi Ali's physical journey from Somalia to Amsterdam to the United States.  Emotionally, she engages the readers to experience the dust, poverty, clannish rules,  political upheaval of Somalia, and her movement from one country to another. Readers heave a sigh of relief when she runs …

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The Giver of Stars – Women Empowerment in the 1930s?

Alice escapes her drab life in England by marrying the handsome Bennett Van Cleave, son of a wealthy businessman, and comes to rural Kentucky. Her dreams of a glamorous life are dashed when the America she hoped for turned out to be cold, lonely, miserable, and immensely boring.  She soon realizes that her husband can’t …

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