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On the nature of Indian Gothic
The tiger's moustache is still wet
The travel writer, competing with other media, often resorts to entertaining us with fiction under the mask of fact. A look at the prevailing scene by MANOJ DAS.
And the moral is
EVERYONE has a rough idea of what an Aesopian fable is, but who Aesop was and whether he was a real person remains a mystery. "By Zeus, I never heard that before!" exclaims the chorus-leader in Aristophanes' "Birds". "That's because you are ...
Searching for the Mahatma
IN Peter Brook's landmark production of the Mahabharata there is a moment of complete stillness. It comes at a critical juncture of the play. Arjuna has just thrown down his weapons. He cannot fight, he says. As most of us will know, this is the ...
Political satire in modern India
The political uncertainties and the proliferation of newspapers in early 20th Century offered a variety of themes for political satirists to explore. Wilayat Ali was a product of that era. A profile by MUSHIRUL HASAN.
Reclaiming a heritage
KIM SCOTT talks to K. KUNHIKRISHNAN about the impulses behind his writing and his positions vis-à-vis the issues in Australian writing today. Excerpts: How much of personal element is there in your ...
IT was after Patrick White won the Nobel Prize in 1973 that Australian literature came to be known outside that country. Since then, it has evolved and has become one of the most vibrant branches of contemporary writing in English. Writers like ...
PERHAPS because life comes up short pretty reliably there are few things we seem to be more dedicated to than unhappiness. Reasons to be inconsolable abound: "the frailty of our bodies, the fickleness of love, the insincerities of social life, ...
JASON GOODWIN had two grandmothers. One liked tea and the other she liked Chinese tea. Young Jason grew up with Lapsang Souchong and Darjeeling playing their subtle melodies on his palate. Years later, he set off on the Tea Route. ...
Dealing with truth
AT the South Asian Writers' Meet held at London in February, I met Gohar Kordi. As she is blind she had requested someone to bring her to me for she wanted to share something with me. In the course of our conversation, I had mentioned that since ...
HER desperate yearning to break out of her squalid existence leads Nagaratna into taking up a job with a school run by an ashram. Life here suddenly seems serene surrounded by large doses of goodness. Nothing is obvious not even ...
FOR the longest time now I have been wondering what is wrong with our second-hand bookshops. Wait. Before you jump at me and say "they are all wonderful, quaint, charming, how could you possibly think there's anything wrong with them? ...
Between the lines
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM'S 1998 novel, The Hours, has been in the news recently owing to the runaway success of the film based on it. Pre-release publicity made much of Nicole Kidman's false nose (playing Virginia Woolf) and the performances of ...
In Early India, Romila Thapar attempts the grand sweep, reconciling diverse trends and adjudicating between rival positions. SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAM, though appreciative of the balanced tone, would have preferred some fireworks thrown in too.
FAMILIAR with the country, the people and the language, Mark Tully and Gillian Wright take up some of the most controversial social and political issues of India's last decade, producing a thoroughly professional work of investigative reporting. ...
Essays in criticism
Thus it (the critical power) tends, at last, to make an intellectual situation of which the creative power can profitably avail itself. Matthew Arnold WHEN it comes to promoting contemporary literature, there is nothing like ...
Penned with passion
A WORK of fiction is often a work of fact. Writers invariably tend to fall back on their own experiences, memories and the reflections of the people they know or meet to spin yarns. There is of course an element of imagination that weaves its ...
While in Musharraf's War experts look back on the implications of Kargil, The 1971 Indo-Pak War is more an account of political issues concerning East Pakistan, says Lt. Gen. A.M. VOHRA.
FULL credit to the editors, M.V. Ramana and C. Rammanohar Reddy, for bringing together in one volume all one could want in terms of arguments against the nuclearisation of South Asia. The book is divided into four parts dealing respectively with: ...
Taking stock of reforms
Economic Policy Reforms, a collection of papers on India's economic reforms since 1991, presented at a conference at Stanford University, reviewed by KALYANJIT ROY CHOUDHURY.
Debating civil society
In Conceits of Civil Society, Chandhoke makes sincere pleas to sensitise the public sphere, says DWAIPAYAN BHATTACHARYYA.
The good and the indifferent
A review of Daruwalla's The Map-maker and Smita Agarwal's Wish-granting Words by MANOHAR SHETTY.
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