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Friday, May 24, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 3)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in writing , even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:

31. White Teeth - 2000- United Kingdom - English by Zadie Smith

30. The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier& Clay - 2000- United States of America - English by Michael Chabon

29.  A Suitable Boy - 1993 - India - English by Vikram Seth

28. True History of the Kelly Gang - 2001 - Australia - English by Peter Carey

27. To Kill a MockingBird - 1960- United States of America- English by Harper Lee

26. The Corrections --2001- United States of America - English  by Jonathan Franzen

25.  Possession: A Romance - 1990 - United Kingdom- English  by A.S. Byatt

24. The God of Small Things - 1997- India - English by Arundhati Roy

23. Life of Pi - 2001- Canada- English by Yann Martel

22. A Book of Memories (Emlékiratok könyve) - 1986 - Hungary - Hungarian by Péter Nádas 

21. Memed, My Hawk ( İnce Memed  - 1955- Turkey- Turkish by Yaşar Kemal 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Work and Global Prospects

I'm almost finished with uni and so I've been looking into job prospects. It's not very vibrant because the job market is slow. But the recession is supposed to be global, so that means it's slow everywhere, right? Actually that just means things are slower everywhere but if you run a mile in four minutes usually, making one in 4.5 minutes doesn't make it a slow one (just slower).

So maybe global job opportunities are available, and with that idea I decided to check where I could work without the need for a visa and where there's agreements between countries to make getting a visa easier. And these are the results.

Under CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME):

Trinidad passport means I can work in -

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • St. Lucia
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
-Trinidad and Tobago since I'm a citizen.
- Canada since I'm a citizen

- USA has easier access because of NAFTA, so with a job offer there's 3 years available with TN1 status for Canadian Nationals.

NAFTA agreement might work for a job in Mexico as well, but I'm not sure.

Under Canada Young Professional 

If between ages 18-35 there's a bilateral agreement to allow young professionals to work for one year in certain countries.

  • Austria
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine

Under PIO

As a Person of Indian Origin, (up to four generations removed ie great grandparents or more recent level of ancestry of Indian origin) this allows for a PIO card which means on possession of this card no separate visa is required for taking up employment (or studies). So I can work in India too, with this.