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Who is the real Yash Chopra? The professional filmmaker-director, the persona one extrapolates from his films or the quiet, private person? After writing a book on the man, RACHEL DWYER still finds him elusive to the grasp.
On the anniversary of September 11, TISHANI DOSHI talks to MARTIN AMIS in his London residence about what it means to be comic in defiance of the world, about tragedy and collective human consciousness and his new ...
GOWRI RAMNARAYAN meets Alastair Reed, the translator of Neruda and Borges, at the Edinburgh Book Festival and finds out what it is like to fall between two cultures and two languages.
Against the tide
THACHOM POYIL RAJEEVAN hopes Yeti will be able to accommodate writers who are different and poets who are not welcome in mainstream publishing. Excerpts from an e-mail interview with SUBASH JEYAN. Can ...
Most of the big publishing houses do not publish poetry anymore. But, sustained by quite a few practitioners and a few brave, and small, publishers, poetry is alive and kicking, says DOM MORAES.
A celebration of Indran Amirthanayagam, the Sri Lankan American poet/diplomat, and his poetry by MOHAN RAMANAN.
Two Polish poets
IF poetry is "born out of quarrels with ourselves", does history influence poetic sensibility? Links between the "word" and historical experiences can be of various kinds, and there is no simple relationship of cause and effect. But if there is a ...
A matter of syntax as well
THE previous "Wordspeak" that quoted a résumé as an example of Indian English made readers such as Ravikiran Phadake of Coventry, England, wonder if anyone in fact could write something so "absolutely incredible." Many others, including several ...
Swim or sink?
THE Muslim Women's Research and Action Forum at Colombo had organised an interesting conference on New Challenges to Creative Writing on August 27 and 28, this year. This was planned more as a kind of a workshop for Muslim women in Sri Lanka who ...
The creator of Arkady Renko
MARTIN CRUZ SMITH is not merely America's greatest thriller writer, he's one of their best writers, period. And yet he goes unsung and unread in India. Smith is probably best known for his ground-breaking spy novel, Gorky Park, which ...
Lost and found
SOME students at a course recently asked me how the right reviewers are found for books. Sometimes, determined books take charge and find their own reviewers. A reviewer had just collected an expensive photography book from The Hindu's ...
CIRCA 1950 B.C. had its share of people with restless feet. Sinuhe, an Egyptian traveller, reveals the inner state of many compulsive travellers: "This flight which I undertook I did not anticipate...it was those shudderings of my body as ...
IN his twenties, A.K. Ramanujan said in his unfinished introduction to The Flowering Tree, he began collecting tales from anyone who would tell him one carpenters, tailors, aunts, mother. The editors of The Weretiger have ...
Evam, a new journal, is subtitled: "forum on Indian representations". Naively, I thought the italicised "re" was a graphic designer's trick before coming upon the editorial statement that the magazine aimed to ...
Yash Chopra's films have made the transition smoothly from the family melodramas of the 1970s to the teenybopper romances of the 1990s. Rachel Dwyer's book charts this journey memorably, besides taking one back to memories of growing up, says UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.
Memorialising the Twin Towers
IN a slim tall volume of images, the Twin Towers rise again, like the two wings of a myth that will not let them perish. In this commemorative volume of extraordinary images that document the building of the World Trade Center, in Lower ...
From the blurb...
`... When M.S. Subbulakshmi began to sing, her electrifying performance dazzled audiences around the world. M.S. Subbulakshmi's music is replete with the feeling of bhakti, a complete surrender to the devotion of god... For many, she is ...
Inaugurating a nation
THIS elegantly produced book smooth to the touch, pleasing to the eye and gently stimulating to the mind focuses on a group of Calcutta-based English poets of the 19th Century, more heard of than read, whose place in any history ...
A nose for adventure
Tangerine is a distinguished example of an English sensibility and humour brought to bear on the mysteries of the Orient, says KESHAV DESIRAJU.
The man who would be king
Involving questions of evidence, proof and identity, the Bhawal case fitted the form of fiction. Partha Chatterjee's reworking of the case brings out the problem of truth in narrative history, how it depends more on narrative plausibility than on metaphysical questions of identity, says SUPRIYA CHAUDHURI.
The pursuit of a passion
Between Two Worlds, the autobiography of J.N. Mohanty, is likely to be of interest to both professionals and laymen keen on philosophy and social history, says JAIBOY JOSEPH.
Rushdie's is an educated, independent voice, alive and sensitive to the concerns of the times and not mandated by any pressure group, says PADMINI DEVARAJAN.
NEWSPAPER columns are ephemeral things. Like the butterfly, they have a 24-hour lifespan. Yet, at their best, they can serve to cast light albeit more in terms of the humble torchlight than the blinding searchlight on unfolding ...
Using case studies, Speaking Peace echoes the silent screams of the women of the Kashmir valley, the section of society most affected in the decade-long struggle, says ADITI KAPOOR.
Musings and nostalgia
THIS is the third collection of poems by the author in a period of three years. Poetry has an ability to feed the heart and mind and as W.B. Yeats once said, "Poetry is a quarrel with oneself" while rhetoric is a quarrel with others. The poet ...
Energising the real economy
India's Economy covers a wide range of issues connected with monetary financial economics in a developing country like India in the context of globalisation, says KALYANJIT ROY CHOUDHURY.
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