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Sunday, November 02, 2003
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An unlikely radical
Let's get off the merry-go-round
ADITI DE participates in a workshop on the issues facing children's publishing in India but says the camaraderie and like-mindedness did not quite add up to imaginative solutions.
What are the rooms inside Raj Kamal Jha's head like? Could a reader find a corner in there that she might want to inhabit forever, asks NILANJANA S. ROY.
Speaking through her work
"The neem is the miracle tree, the tree of blessings; it dates back to dreamtime. I chose it as the leitmotif of my novel as it is a symbol for India," says INEZ BARANAY, author of Neem Dreams. The Madras Book Club ...
Faulkner's sounds and furies
A CLASSIC novel doesn't tell just a story; essentially, it is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. But the philosophy is never expressed explicitly; it need only to spill over into the characters for it to stick out like a sore ...
IN an age when motivational and self-help books are available a dime a dozen, here are two books that will get a second look from even the cynics. While The Present draws attention to itself because of its author Spencer Johnson of ...
JOURNALISTS churning out books on major events they cover in the line of duty is commonplace; more so now than ever before when Indian publishing has become hyper-active. The Kargil war was a case in point with many a journalist putting into book ...
'Breaking News' revisited
IN an age when the media is seemingly obsessed with only "breaking news", here is a book edited by veteran journalist, B.G. Verghese which makes out a case for staying with the story even after it has been pushed out of the ...
A wisdom of wizards
WITH The Order of the Phoenix, the invention which has marked the previous four instalments of the Harry Potter saga is undiminished, but J.K. Rowling's ultimate purposes are clearer. She is a humane moralist with unusual architectonic ...
When the floodgates open
IT is so heartening to see so many novels and short story and poetry collections flooding the market in Tamil. All of them are well produced although many of them reproduce European and other painters with absolutely no qualms, for their covers ...
AMERICA'S gun-toting culture, its easy gun laws and even easier accessibility to weapons have been in the news lately. In the hands of an alcoholic psycho, a gun can become a deadly weapon. Joan Bowden is the victim of such a situation. A typical ...
Reading in bed
FOR a long time I've felt guilty about reading in bed. I thought I was the only one. Then, to my astonishment, I learnt that most book lovers even young ones do their best reading in bed. While I enjoy the sight of a book lover ...
WHILE a visitor from India was being driven around North America, he asked, after some observation, "What are these pedzings and deerzings?" It took some time for his host to understand that the person was referring to roadside signs "Ped Xing" ...
Unnecessary paddings and more than a fair share of errors in translation makes Waiting for Rain a disappointment, says GOUTAM GHOSH.
Getting on with the job
In a world where terrorists and governments could cause thousands to die, does a single murder still remain unique? A review of The Murder Room by MAITREYEE SAHA.
Bird brained, after all
JAMES PATTERSON'S newest book, The Lake House, is disappointing and lives up neither to the promise of his own writing nor to the potential of the subject. This is a real pity, because an exciting, informed and imaginative account of a ...
In defence of Hindu Law
Menski argues that modern legal scholarship has portrayed Hindu law as uniformly oppressive, ignoring its evolving character, its capacity for diversity and flexibility, its welfare potential and the possibilities for freedom it contains. A review by PRATAP BHANU MEHTA.
Forging one's own destiny
Outcaste goes beyond the horrors of untouchability to narrate Damodar Jadhav's determination to forge for his children a destiny that was never ordained, writes SHANTA GOKHALE.
Whose language is it anyway?
Language as an Ethic is a plea for language to be used correctly. But it falters even as it attempts to articulate its several incompatible positions, says IRA SINGH.
Inez Baranay portrays the Indian ethos with as much authenticity as she does the American, the Australian and the British, says PADMINI DEVARAJAN.
A STORY of a displaced people their lives, their struggles and their poverty. Chinnamani is an 11-year-old, living in Indira slum in Bangalore. He dreams of becoming a cricketer. But when he forms a "club", all he and his teammates can ...
In a new nation
Ramabai's observations provide a mirror in which we, more than a century later, can catch a glimpse of Americans as they were, says APARNA BASU.
Travels through trances
In Between Worlds, Uma Singh puts adventure back where it belongs, combining an unusual open-mindedness with healthy levels of inquiry and scepticism, says ZAC O'YEAH.
Thinking person's thriller
The Da Vinci Code breaks new ground as a thriller by artfully combining research, suspense and history, says PRADEEP SEBASTIAN.
Giant without footprints
IT is a sad fact that George Joseph is little known among the freedom fighters of South India, despite his being in the forefront of the struggle along with national leaders. He was very close to Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Kamaraj, ...
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Our scientific heritage
The Scientific Edge, written from a rationalist and secular standpoint, is an important addition to contentious contemporary debates, says NASIR TYABJI.
No more glory days
AMULYA GOPALAKRISHNAN reviews three books on the icons of rock music, its `counter-culture' and its ultimate complicity with the corporate entertainment industry.
Debating academic activism
DWAIPAYAN BHATTACHARYYA attends a cultural studies workshop held at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and finds out that sincere attempts are being made to connect political theory to popular mobilisation.
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