The Beauty of Darkness


During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was; but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.”

The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe

I invite you to relish the darkness.

These are pictures of Nottingham’s Trent University. I pass it by almost every single day. This evening was the first time I saw it in the dark.

The very dark branches and sophisticated walls reminded of one of the first short stories we analysed at the university. How hard it was to understand. How all these long descriptions did not make any sense. I guess it was not easy to enjoy Sir Edgar Allan Poe as I was still trying to nail the boiling time of rice and potatoes.

Why don’t we all chill and take a moment to enioy NOW. Relish!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. sim8ba says:

    Wonderfull Wonderfull! I attempted to read this story so many times before but i never completed it, never finished more than the first 2 pages i guess and don’t know why, i get lost in between words and then drift away -_-

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    1. Thank you 😊 why don’t you try to do it slowly. Read few sentences, close your eyes and try to imagine everything he portrays. Don’t force yourself. I remember when I read for the first time I didn’t like it at all.

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  2. sim8ba says:

    hmmm yes. i should try to read it without forcing myself (tiptoeing towards the book now.. :D)

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    1. Can you recommend a good book that would tell a real intimate story about India please. A good translated version.


      1. sim8ba says:

        Ieva, i am at loss here, here are some of the books about India that have very good reviews

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      2. Anything in particular that you think is worth reading and makes people to fall in love with your beautiful culture?


  3. sim8ba says:

    Sorry, posted the comment without the books :\. Here Ieva :

    India: A History by John Keay & Midnight’s Descendants(Same author)

    The Last Mughal, The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 about the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
    And Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found about modern Mumbai.

    Bapsi Sidwha’s Cracking India about the partition of the country.
    she provides quite an accurate portrait of family life during the partition of India/Pakistan

    A lot has changed from whatever is written in these books, Ieva. After you finish reading any of the books, visit us and then you will get a much better , clear and REAL picture of India 🙂 . It will be an unforgettable experience , the people, the culture and of course the food (will beat the Maynmar Curry )


    1. Thank you soooo much 🙂 One of my best friends is Indian. One day. Got to build up spicy food tolerance to enjoy all the good food.

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  4. sim8ba says:

    “love with your beautiful culture? ”

    I am sure this will happen when you visit. Plan a trip soon, common !

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    1. please stop feeding my travel lust

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