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The Brainfever Bird
In his passing, Sujit Mukherjee has left behind a literary legacy few in the profession can hope to match. SACHIDANANDA MOHANTY profiles the career of this distinguished literary personality.
THE on-going war on terror, as Dilip Hiro puts its, "is a war without end". Based as it is on that ultimate norm of the belligerent, "show me the man, I will show you the rule", this promises to be a long drawn out battle of attrition which Hiro ...
Ha Jin's fiction
THE Creative Writing Programme of Boston University boasts a new addition to the permanent faculty, Ha Jin, who writes under the pen name Xuefi Jin (Shu-Fay Jin). Like the Nobel laureate Gao Xinjian, Ha Jin is also an expatriate Chinese writer, ...
A doctor's dilemma
Medicine is my lawful wife; literature, my mistress. When I am tired of one, I spend the night with the other... Medicine enlarged the field of my observations, enriched me with knowledge, the true value of which for me as a writer can be ...
THE VIEW FROM KING STREET
Unprecedentedly, a major exhibition of the paintings of John Constable (1776-1837) was recently on show in Paris. CHRISTOPHER HURST takes a look.
ANN GODOFF was president of the prestigious Random House trade group in New York, and editor for The God of Small Things among other bestselling titles. Those were the days. She's recently been sacked for making a paltry two ...
IF it's hard surviving despite dollars and mergers, how much more difficult with rupees and noble intentions? Katha, which has been around since 1988, turns 15 this year and is justifiably making a big noise about it. To coincide with the ...
Yadav ki baraat
WHEN an English heiress turned tour-guide marries a Jat farmer turned taxi-driver, she might think she has a tale to tell, and Jill Lowe did. Nothing in her training Wimbledon tea parties and riding could have prepared her to be ...
MORE for the tourists: anthologies on Mountains and on Kerala. Penguin had earlier published an anthology on Delhi, part of a series of such collections. Other areas to be so packaged in the future: Bombay, edited by Naresh Fernandes and Jerry ...
Time for answers
FOR a long time I could not get up and ask a question in a seminar. There was always the feeling that I should not speak and the fear that I could be wrong. In our schooling days we accepted all the stories that were told to us and believed ...
THEY could have been the epitome of emancipated womanhood. Yet there are fetters that bind them back to the mould of their families. The six girls are always together and share a common spirit of rebellion against age-old norms despite their ...
Post-colonial hybrid mindscape
Salman Rushdie takes a balanced perspective and avoids the trap of making the man or the fatwa eclipse his art, says SEETHA SRINIVASAN.
Off stage, on the page
"I AM first a writer and then a playwright," says Vijay Tendulkar in the 1997 Sri Ram Memorial Lecture that forms the preface to this collector's anthology. Whether as a journalist, a writer of short stories, a playwright, a scriptwriter, a ...
The return of the native
Interspersed with philosophical and contemplative musings, Ignorance is not a novel in the strict sense of the term, says M.S. NAGARAJAN.
Walking and talking
Travel writing now is not what it was a couple of decades ago. The writer is no longer the pathfinder but has the task of placing travelling in larger contexts. Where does Bill Aitken fit in here? Over to ZAC O'YEAH.
Odds and ends
The stories in Real Time need to be read as accompanists, not the main players, in the scheme of Chaudhuri's work, says NILANJANA ROY.
The democratisation of politics
India's Silent Revolution is a sympathetic account of the rise of lower castes in North India. But the emphasis is more on identity and representation, not the redistributive potential of caste politics, says ZOYA HASAN.
FOREWORDS generally give a good idea of the basic intent of an author, his attitude and perhaps even his state of mind while writing a book. In his foreword, Louis Gerstner, Lou to his friends, clearly says that there was no book inside him; it ...
Been here before
ALIENATION and despair suffuse Indian English poetry. Vilas Sarang has written about the "funeral pyres [that] burn unceasingly on the banks of Jayanta Mahapatra's poetic world", and if Nissim Ezekiel's poetry is less lachrymose it certainly ...
BEING reintroduced to Tagore is like awakening to a scene from childhood something that was vague and musty in the subconscious is brought forth again like a memory with sudden, graceful clarity. Rabindranath Tagore was perhaps India's ...
Not just documentaries
ANYONE interested in history, anthologies, prose styles, ideal introductions, and how to write about women's issues without sounding as if they were running a 100 metre race in ill-fitting gum boots through a field of treacle should read ...
Reality to the fore
ASHOKAMITRAN'S three Tamil novellas have recently been brought out by Orient Longman as Sand and Other Stories. Kalyana Raman has translated Sand (1971) and Malati (1981), while Gomathy Narayan has translated Those Two ...
Judging a book by its cover
I WOULD often hear T.G. Vaidyanathan, my teacher and book lover who died a year ago, tell me that he had bought a particular book for its physical beauty. He had no intention of reading it, he would tell me, as he caressed the book and put it ...
Selected Writings for Children, Rabindranath Tagore, The Oxford Tagore Translations Series, edited with an introduction and notes by Sukanta Chaudhuri, OUP, p.261, hardback, Rs. 495.
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