Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a prominent actor, writer, director, and Native New Yorker, who is famous for his paradoxical and dark-themed storylines. His best-known films are Annie Hall, Cafe Society, Irrational Man, and Blue Jasmine. He has been at the center of numerous controversies involving Mia Farrow, Allen’s ex-partner, and two of her daughters.

The Georgian Dame

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen

Jane Austen is an English Novelist who has authored many famous novels including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. She is considered one of the early feminist writers of the eighteenth century. Her robust female protagonists are still widely discussed among literary experts and undergraduate students.

Hemingway’s women

Ernest and Mary Hemingway on safari in Africa, 1953-1954

As courageous as Hemingway’s male protagonists were portrayed to be, his female characters were quite the opposite. He was an ardent male chauvinist writer. Most of his stories revolved around the themes of men being victimized or being at the mercy of female protagonists. A peek into his personal life would explain the same.

Papa Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway writing at campsite in Kenya

Ernest Miller Hemingway, the American novelist and Noble Prize winner is one of the most widely read American writers. An extraordinary hunter and adventurer, he often addressed himself as Papa Hemingway for his alpha writing skills.

Devil’s Advocate or Misunderstood Genius?

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves" — Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli took an unprecedented approach to answer questions like — ‘Are there such things as necessary evils?’ ‘Do the ends justify the means?’ ‘Should we do the wrong things for the right reasons?’

Father of Modern Political Philosophy

Machiavelli's beloved Florence, where he spent most of his life.

Machiavelli was probably the first politician to organize his thoughts about how a proper and choreographed political philosophy could lead to the success of the state. He introduced the concept of rationalization to ideas previously thought of as subjective.