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Reading list, February 2024


This month’s reading list journeys into the realms of wonder and discovery. From the fantasy-drama film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to the intricate compositions of Julie Mehretu's abstract paintings, each tale unfolds with emotional depth and intrigue. We explore the blurred boundaries of reality and the virtual in Refik Anadol's immersive digital installations and uncover the audacious adventures of women sailors in "She Captains" by Joan Druett. The search for meaning and purpose in Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" and the explorer’s gaze in "Ceylon of the Early Travellers" by H. A. J. Hulugalle. The iconic adventures of Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland, and Tintin, and businesses channelling the spirit of exploration like Airbnb, SpaceX, and Red Bull



Archetype → Explorer

Rasa → Adbūtham


February 2024

Artistic expressions channelling archetype in rasa

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a 2012 American fantasy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-scored by Benh Zeitlin. The film follows a young girl named Hushpuppy as she navigates life in a fictional Louisiana bayou community called the Bathtub. Through Hushpuppy's perspective, viewers experience a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty and complexity of the natural world. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a quest for meaning and purpose in the face of adversity. Hushpuppy and the residents of the Bathtub grapple with existential questions about their place in the universe and their role in shaping their own destinies.

  • Julie Mehretu’s abstract paintings delve into themes of globalization, urbanization, and identity, crafting intricate compositions reminiscent of maps and cityscapes. Through layers of geometric shapes and symbols, her work evokes wonder and intrigue, prompting viewers to explore its depths. Despite their abstract nature, Mehretu’s pieces convey emotional depth, inviting contemplation on themes of history and human experience embedded within the layers of meaning and symbolism.

  • Refik Anadol employs data-driven algorithms and machine learning to craft immersive digital installations, pushing perceptual boundaries. Anadol blurs distinctions between reality and the virtual, prompting viewers to reconsider their understanding of existence. His pieces often integrate technology with nature, showcasing the interconnectedness of human creativity and the natural world through digital and organic synthesis.

Published ideas of archetype in rasa

  • "She Captains" by Joan Druett uncovers the overlooked tales of audacious women, from warrior queens of ancient times to influential shipowners navigating the Northwest Passage. With vivid storytelling and meticulous research, Druett brings to life their remarkable adventures and challenges, offering a fresh perspective on maritime history. Celebrating the indomitable spirit of women who defied the odds to chart their course on the high seas, this captivating book challenges traditional narratives of exploration and adventure.

  • The non-fiction book, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, follows the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who gives up his possessions and savings to travel across North America and live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. Through McCandless's story, Krakauer invites readers to reflect on the human experience and the search for meaning and purpose in life.

  • "H. A. J. Hulugalle's book "Ceylon of the Early Travellers" is a collection of letters and notes related to the historical and cultural landscape of Sri Lanka through the accounts of early travellers to the island. These accounts offer firsthand observations, impressions, and experiences of the island as seen through the eyes of explorers, adventurers, merchants, and missionaries. Readers are transported to a bygone era, experiencing the island's beauty and biodiversity through the eyes of an outsider. Through the travel narratives, readers gain perspectives on the complexities of colonialism, cultural exchange, and the impact of external influences on Sri Lankan society.

Characters channelling archetype in rasa

Channelling the archetype in rasa for business


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