Chilmark, the English village that created an American commercial legend

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2018


  We’ve just been visiting Chilmark, the English village from which Thomas Macy left to become the first European settler on Nantucket island. In so doing, Macy laid the foundation for what would become the great American whaling industry. Later, his descendants would establish Macy’s, the American department store that triggered a consumer revolution of … Continue reading “Chilmark, the English village that created an American commercial legend”

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Is the Japanese concept of Komorebi (see pic) really culturally untranslatable?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2018


Someone posted a blog that listed “11 beautiful Japanese words that don’t exist in English’, which made me think of all the culturally untranslatable concepts we carry around to the eternal bewilderment of other people. (In English, that should include gobbledygook, trade-off and spam.) The 11 “untranslatable” Japanese words that Marie Sugio listed included some … Continue reading “Is the Japanese concept of Komorebi (see pic) really culturally untranslatable?”

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Is the Japanese concept of Komorebi (see pic) really culturally untranslatable?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2016


Someone posted a blog that listed “11 beautiful Japanese words that don’t exist in English’, which made me think of all the culturally untranslatable concepts we carry around to the eternal bewilderment of other people. (In English, that should include gobbledygook, trade-off and spam.) The 11 “untranslatable” Japanese words that Marie Sugio listed included some … Continue reading “Is the Japanese concept of Komorebi (see pic) really culturally untranslatable?”

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Let me put it to you straight and on the nose: does subtlety in art suck?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2015


I remembered Aleksander Hemon’s plea for unsubtle adjectives while reading Forrest Wickman’s swipe at subtlety (it sucks, he wrote in Slate magazine). Mr Hemon, it may be recalled, taught himself writer-ly English while stranded in America by the Bosnian war. He is considered the master of the unusual coinage, a writer who deliberately disdains minimalism, … Continue reading “Let me put it to you straight and on the nose: does subtlety in art suck?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK