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Called by life
On the occasion of Gibran's birth anniversary, which falls on January 6, a profile of the man and his works by S. JAGADISAN.
'I don't write to a programme'
The Pemberley International Study Centre, with which I was privileged to be associated last summer as a Resident Fellow, is located in the Haputale district of the Central highlands. Surrounded by majestic hills, expansive tea gardens and ...
Old man all at sea
What is clear is that values can clash. Values may easily clash within the breast of a single individual. And it does not follow that some must be true and others false. The notion of the perfect whole, the ultimate solution in which all good ...
THE VIEW FROM KING STREET
Mind the gap
ALTHOUGH only the very rich in Britain can afford to employ a nanny (or ayah) to look after their children any more, the concept of "the nanny state" is widely understood. It refers to public authorities treating us, the citizenry, like small ...
The lascars' lot
SOUTH Asian life in Britain between the late 18th and mid-20th Century little resembles the same community's situation today. In the earlier period, as Rozina Visram shows in her readable, detailed history, the community never exceeded about ...
IT is not often that a woman from the rural areas gets to tell her story. Her feelings get expressed as songs, little stories, and narrations. Sometimes one of her children will write about what she was as a mother. And every time one such story ...
BECAUSE there is so little that comes in by the way of literature from across the border, there is an immense fascination for whatever reaches these shores. This small first novel reveals the intimate secrets of a society that most Indians can ...
The groaning shelf
LATELY, for a bibliomane, I have been acting strangely trimming my library, cutting down my book collection. I've given away books to friends or sold them to second-hand bookshops. This radical downsizing of my personal book collection ...
Despatches from the East
IN the minds of most Indians Partition tore apart Punjab. Bengal was partitioned too wasn't it? but that was not apocalyptic somehow. Historians like Joya Chatterjee, with their research on the Eastern Partition, are trying to ...
Prospector of words
THE last "Wordspeak" column in November was about the lexical material borrowed into English from the languages of India, and the "Law of Hobson-Jobson" which is "the alteration of a foreign-expression to fit the speech and spelling patterns of a ...
STRAIGHT travel-writing is almost an exhausted genre now. William Dalrymple's recent book on the marriage of the Orient and Occident in a resplendent old Hyderabad is an example of the manner in which travel writers are adapting. Obviously, ...
Back from the dead
THE currently popular status of narrative history is driven home afresh by the curious appearance of A Prince, Poison and Two Funerals: The Bhowal Sanyasi Case, by Murad Fyzee. Bhawal was the richest zamindari in Bengal and the man ...
GOOD reading ahead this year. Krishna Sobti's Listen, Girl (Katha), and Alka Saraogi's Kali-Katha, Via Bypass (Rupa) are important works translated from Hindi. Penguin's Editor's Choice series, cheap Indian reprints of foreign ...
Words, put imaginatively on a page, thought and observation laid out in a pattern, represent in this volume a striving toward perfectibility, says AMITAVA KUMAR.
As simple as the man
Ignited Minds covers the past and the future of the country in communicable terms, says AMITA MALIK.
Politics of conservation
SHIFTING cultivators, populating peripheries or frontier zones of modern states, seem to share much of the same predicaments. They are commonly perceived by the State and people at large as aliens or outsiders, with a culture and mode of ...
One-stop resource centre
Though A Zoroastrian Tapestry lives up to the expectations generated by the promotions, it needs to be drastically edited and issued in two volumes for it to be really accessible, says ZERIN ANKLESARIA.
Giving the lie to myths
An Illustrated History is an explorative rather than an authoritative history. It is argumentative, informative and anything but impartial but it deserves a place on our bookshelves, says NILANJANA S. ROY.
FICTION IN TRANSLATION
Old orders, new claims
God's Mischief is a good read, with a French fragrance and flavour lingering in a very rooted Malayalam narrative, says N. KAMALA.
For a wider audience
THE tiger, the largest of cats in this world, has fascinated human beings from time immemorial. In our times, several books on the tiger have been written by shikaris, photographers and conservationists. A new arrival to the stable causes ...
IT was Sonja Thomas Bata's private collection of footwear from India and the world over which led to the establishment of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, which has the largest shoe collection in the world. The Museum sponsored the ...
Pre-history of Indian foreign policy
THERE is a widespread, but not entirely accurate, perception within the Indian elite that the nation's foreign policy began with its independence in 1947. The ideas that Jawaharlal Nehru powerfully espoused and vigorously applied for newly ...
Top picks of 2002
FOR more than nine decades, 20 of the best of American short stories are selected and published annually. The annual Best American Short Stories began publication in 1915. The O. Henry Prize Series started in 1918 as a monument to the short story ...
KALKI'S immensely popular historical romance Ponniyin Selvan, set during the reign of the Cholas in the 10th Century and originally serialised in the 1950s in the Kalki magazine, became almost a cult work influencing at least two ...
A note of optimism
Aidan Chambers' novels portray the experience of becoming an adult in the last years of the 20th Century and the first few of the new millennium, says PREMA SRINIVASAN.
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