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Sunday, April 07, 2002
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The Islam of Urdu poetry
An identity of her own
Coping with celebrity parents and an unconventional upbringing, guilt in Scandinavian literature, journalism and the changing roles in the institution of marriage; novelist Linn Ullmann talks about these and some more, to GOWRI RAMNARAYAN.
A champion of Tamil studies
Norman Cutler, who had a passion for devotional Bakti literature and worked tirelessly to popularise Tamil studies in the West, passed away in Chicago recently. S. THEODORE BASKARAN on the life and work of a dedicated scholar.
No fiery statements now. Instead, she lets her life speak for itself. C.K. MEENA meets Kate Millett.
A humanist first
What makes Sivasankari's fiction distinct is that it has outgrown its regional character and has become part of our national storehouse of fiction by reason of its universality. Sivasankari has carved a niche for herself as an ...
Beyond all this fiddle
"If I meet God after my death, I'll be very surprised, but if he allows me to speak I'll have plenty to say to him." Stendhal to Sainte-Beuve, 1834. ONE of the things they order better in France is the honour and attention they accord to ...
THE VIEW FROM KING STREET
Lines of contention
CHRISTOPHER HURST reflects on three "hot" border crossings he has visited: Berlin, Nicosia and Wagha.
IF there is ever a title that is grossly misleading this is it. The book, according to the blurb, is supposed to be a story about the rise and rise of Hrithik Roshan, who has danced his way into the hearts of India's teeming women. Instead, it is ...
Introducing a column which will basically be footnotes in booklore: looking at under-rated pulp fiction, under-read books and writers, book collectors and book collecting, bookshops first-hand and used, rare and second-hand bookshops and celebrating and lamenting the fate of reading in an electronic age. This month's column looks at a rare genre: the Academic novel.
IN the 1980s, whenever we had a meeting or a seminar or a conference to discuss literature, media or anything else and raised gender issues, there would inevitably be an old man in the audience who would sit throughout with an I-am-not-convinced ...
The London Book Fair is fast emerging as Europe's most happening publishing event. And this year the accent was on new talent, says HASAN SUROOR.
The Hottest Day of the Year shifts the focus back to the story, reinforcing that fiction is primarily about telling stories, says KALA KRISHNAN RAMESH.
Presenting a `photographic tour of this extraordinary land', Spectacular India is cerebrally and visually pleasing, says ZERIN ANKLESARIA.
A masterpiece still
IN the fine arts, the cartoon is a full-sized preliminary drawing for a work to be executed afterward in fresco, oil, mosaic, stained glass, or tapestry. Italian Renaissance painters made very complete cartoons, and such works as Raphael's ...
INDRAN AMIRTHANAYAGAM responds to a translated collection of short stories and poems from Sri Lanka.
Dying with dignity
Controlled and polished, To the Wedding is an eloquent exposition of the power of words and the stories they tell, says SHELLEY WALIA.
Death by Fire narrates incidents of socially sanctioned brutality against women in contemporary India, says FLAVIA AGNES.
SHORT FICTION AND PROSE
Written over a period of a decade and a half, these stories reveal the author's mellowed and mature vision, says PADMINI DEVARAJAN.
The best of 2001
GOOD writing accommodates as many styles as good architecture. It is typically true of magazine writing, where there should be a variety of styles, range and perceptions to make it eclectic. Prose fiction is the child of the journalism and the ...
The big little mag
Little magazines provide an alternative to the mainstream media. Not many, however, survive for long. ANURADHA ROY on a magazine which has.
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