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    A bright spark

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Upon first meeting, Prof Yongyuth Yuthavong comes across as the sort of intelligent, all-knowing grandfather we'd all like to have and it's no surprise that he's something of a superstar in the world of science.


    Glossy READS

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 23/12/2016

    » If you aren't going on a rampant shopping spree or jet-setting off anywhere for the holidays, escaping through the slow-burning medium of print can offer a glossiness and introspective calm that an iPad screen cannot. Skip the airfare and frivolous fashion clutter this season to instead feed the soul, by learning some style history and getting inspired by things pretty and edgy. Here are some recent releases by the big fashion houses that bring sheen and glamour to any table they sit on.


    Happiness in a book

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 16/12/2016

    » Can money really buy happiness? What factors in one's childhood ensure one's happiness in adulthood? Do sons or daughters make parents more happy? And why is stress such an enemy to trying to lose weight? Apparently, something as vague as feelings and happiness can be quantifiable and explained, thanks to Salmon Books' recent release How Happiness Works And Why We Behave The Way We Do. Packaged in a bright yellow hue with nothing less than a huge smiley face on the cover, Nattavudh Powdthavee explains the economics of happiness and our feelings in 32 easy-to-digest chapters.


    Diet of literature

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 18/11/2016

    » Ironically, seeing so much of one doctor may just help you keep all the other doctors away. In today's age, a physical visit isn't even necessary as you can just follow teachings and words of advice through various types of media. Thidakarn Rujipattanakul is one such doctor that proactively shares what she knows in an easy-to-digest format so the masses can easily understand.


    When love and duty conquers pain and heartbreak

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 08/08/2016

    » Is it better to come across those big blows earlier in life so you have more time to adjust to them? Or is it better to encounter tragedies when you're older, when you have more experience and a deeper understanding of life? Despite its title, How I Love My Mother by Pariorn Watcharasiri is not a how-to book. The premise that calls for this memoir may be a gloomy one, but not all sob stories need to be tear-jerking.


    Museum of laughter

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/07/2016

    » The occasion calls for a teary eye, but Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) is holding its very last exhibition at its current home in The Emporium with a factory loaded with laughter.


    Quite a character

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/07/2016

    » Phakdi "Try" Santaweesuk avoids the press like the plague. We didn't have to throw an ear-splitting fit on the floor the way his comic characters tend to, but it did take much pestering and badgering before the cartoonist for Ai Tua Lek -- which stars the nation's most popular mischief-maker, Pangpond -- agreed to come out of hiding.


    Animal attraction

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 30/05/2016

    » It's no secret that Jiraporn Wiwa's latest fiction, Sontisanya Flamingo (The Flamingo Treaty), is currently one of Salmon Book's bestsellers. The 34-year-old freelance writer has previously released illustrated essays that take you to the best markets and street-eats in Bangkok, as well as collections of short stories, but this novel lets readers savour her rich imagination in a fuller form, as Jiraporn fleshes out the complications between lovers and the fancies of a cat and flamingo striking up a fishy friendship.


    Claire Keefe-Fox on the historical fiction she reads when she's not writing it

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 14/03/2016

    » French-American author Claire Keefe-Fox was recently in town to lead a historical-fiction writing workshop at Bangkok Edge and to launch her latest and first English-language novel, Siamese Tears (published in Thai last October). Having garnered popularity for her books about a Greek adventurer turned prime counsellor to King Narai -- Constantine Phaulkon -- her latest historical outing puts readers in the shoes of a young Brit-French belle who witnesses the intriguing games of colonial powerplay between the French and British in Siam in the late 1800s. Revolving around events that led to the Paknam Incident during the Franco-Siamese War, this book is a blend of fact and fiction that comes to life thanks to the author's scrupulous research in academic books, biographies and French diplomatic archives.  


    Asia focus

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 29/02/2016

    » Internationally best-selling author Kevin Kwan chuckles when he describes what his movie producers come across when scouting for locations or attending posh parties in Singapore with the local film crowd.

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