Happy Monday (20th July 2020)

How’s your July? Mine is moving. Slowly, but surely I am headed for the end of this month and unusually, I really want to get into August now. Not because I want July to just end, but because I’m heading out of the country in late August and I am just really excited for the trip! But to the point:

What I’ve been reading – more non-white, non-native English speaking authors. The two standout books for me this month are ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi and ‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’ by Cho Naj-ju. Both books are written by women and are mainly about women. Both showcase the challenges of a life in a world where female’s freedom is fragile. Both are worth a read, regardless of whether you’re a he or a she. The ‘Homegoing’ additionally offers an immense historic timeline, covering the beginning of the slave trade from regions now identified as Ghana up until modern day. I might need to review these separately one time or another to be honest. For now just take my word for it, they’re worth a read.

Best thing I discovered recently – Rainbow Plant Life blog and YT channel. I came across Nisha and her recipes by accident. I suppose when you type in frozen spinach and tofu recipes, world just opens up sometimes. So I tried her vegan version Palak Paneeer and now I’m just happily gawking at the other beautiful foods she makes. Since I seem to now have the time to cook, I’m into this new resource.

What has been on my mind – getting married and having babies….or not. I have been evaluating the concept of marriage, family and morality in evolutionary and spiritual context over the recent weeks. While this seems like something utterly unrelated to what a financial blogger might be considering, in context of contemporary society there is a correlation between the family unit’s ‘moral’ success (i.e. a reasonably happy marriage producing emotionally stable offsprings) and the financial wellbeing of the children born to such a family. However, while this successful model has been formed through conservative and often biblical lens, it comes with some interesting flaws and a historic level of corruption where in particular the female and the underage rights are considered.

What I’ve been watching – Studio Ghibli movies on Netflix. It’s nice to dip down into the nostalgia these hold for me. Did I tell you that the very first anime DVD I bought after moving to the UK was ‘Howl’s moving castle’? It’s still my favourite but the big names like Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke also make my little cold heart a tad less cold. Fun fact, I watched Pincess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) in Japanese before it came out in English, and yes, I used to speak pretty decent Japanese but forgot a lot of it now. If you speak a foreign language, use it or lose it!

Quote of the week – ‘A happy man is too occupied with his life. He thinks he is beholden to no one. But make him shiver, kill his wife, cripple his child, then you will hear from him.’ is a conversation between Hermes and Circe in ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller. So this week, make sure you’re the happy man and keep your head above the water, ok?

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