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    On the same page

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/01/2017

    » When Nalin Vanasin, a 43-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two, volunteered to work for Neilson Hays Library, she remembered seeing many eyebrows raised. A few of her friends even asked whether people still go to the library. Such a condescending attitude is somehow understandable. In our digital world, physical books are going out of date. Libraries, known as the fortresses of intellectuals for over two millennia, have become relics of the past.

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    Documenting a niche

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/02/2016

    » When Thida Plitpholkarnpim — editor of the respected film review magazine Bioscope — floated her idea to launch a Documentary Club for screening of documentaries, her friend simply told her to drop off the plan.

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    Lost and found in translation

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/11/2015

    » For fans of foreign literature, nothing kills the joy of reading more than knowing that the translated book which you are reading contains wrong meanings and phonetic mistakes — the names of people and places that are unrecognisable when you repeat them to native speakers.

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    Reading landscapes

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/07/2015

    » Every designer, regardless of his or her fame and profile, will usually have a design project that raises eyebrows and defies the norm. For Kotchakorn Voraakhom, a 33-year-old landscape architect, it was her idea to paint more colours in a humdrum swimming pool that did just that. This was a facility for blind students at the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under The Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in the Phaya Thai area of Bangkok. Her idea took people aback and dropped many jaws.

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    An accidental activist

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/09/2013

    » Pratubjit Neelapaijit considers herself part of Bangkok's middle class through and through. Growing up listening to her father, the disappeared lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, and mother Angkhana discussing human rights violations and social issues, the young Pratubjit felt compassionate yet detached.

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