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Literary fag ends
FICTIONAL eavesdropping might strike some as little more than a melodramatic plot device for the revelation of secrets and mysteries, but in Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust, Ann Gaylin turns it into a highly suggestive ...
Where did the words come from?
WHEN we read works of great literature of the order of the Bible, Shakespeare's "Lear" and "Hamlet", Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Dostoevesky's Brothers Karamazov and other such, the question that springs ...
THE VIEW FROM KING STREET
The anthropology of greetings
The way we address each other is more than a matter of whim: it underpins the structure of the societies we live in. CHRISTOPHER HURST explores some of its subtleties.
IN this world full of stories, would you read one that sets no literary worlds ablaze, whose end you already know? Edmund Hillary had never seen a mountain or snow until, at 16, he went on a school skiing trip. In High Adventure, which ...
The words of war
WHILE looking at some words that seemed to have gain currency during the current Gulf War, it became apparent that the words of war (or war words) began entering our language in full force at the time of the previous Gulf War. Then there is ...
No laughing matter
IT is surprising how the working woman is still not an accepted figure in our country. A woman has always been working outside the house in the fields, in the market, in salt fields, on the roads, and in other people's houses. But it is ...
IN the undulating landscapes the artist paints with a precision that seems extreme almost. Its very nature compels you to watch, tantalising all your senses. Of smell, touch, anger, love, betrayal and its aftermath, revenge, anger but most of ...
Who cares who killed Roger Ackroyd?
HERE are some things I've been hearing about Agatha Christie from those rather sophisticated mystery aficionados: "You feel cheated at the end the denouement, the whodunit, comes out of the blue"; "not enough psychological depth or ...
How California contains Iran
PRATIK KANJILAL met Pico Iyer to talk about his latest book Abandon.
Two books on the Dalit struggle, one concerning personal space and the other reflecting a social movement. A review by GAIL OMVEDT.
Testimony to anger
IN this country we have almost institutionalised a new genre of writers: the retired bureaucrats, who, the moment they hand in their robes, start telling us how rotten was the very order over which they were presiding till a few years ago. Not ...
The destruction of pluralist India
The last decade has seen the systematic capture of socio-political and cultural space by the Hindu Right. The three books under review offer a comprehensive overview and secularist critique of the whole process, says SHAJAHAN MADAMPAT.
Theorising Indian Writing in English
THERE is a reasonably justifiable feeling among academics that Indian Writing in English, despite its phenomenal growth in the last decade, is insufficiently grounded in terms of a theoretical base. K. Satchidanandan, currently Secretary, Sahitya ...
THE wealth of bird life in Delhi does not fail to strike even a casual visitor. No other metropolis is as blessed with avian diversity as the capital. Hornbills and orioles flit across the trees that line Janpath; magpie robins and wagtails strut ...
Remote and relevant
The most welcome thing about this translation of Aranyak is that it has been made. This unusual work should have been introduced to non-Bengali readers long back, says SUKANTA CHAUDHURI.
Warm glow of words
THIS is a new genre of books by artists. It is not quite an autobiography, nor a full-fledged memoir. It is more in the nature of a belle lettres and is filled with cameos of people and incidents that played a part in Krishen Khanna's ...
A dream derailed?
A BOOK on art is a collector's piece, often an heirloom in the family library. A catalogue recording an art exhibition or an art camp tends to be of a more transient nature, often glanced through once, then tossed away. Unless it combines the ...
HISTORICAL determinants of the artist's present position in the art system have been the loss of direct patronage and the resulting entry into free-market status. In the mediating role-played by the market in the relationship between the artist ...
THE British Raj is definitely one of the more interesting periods in Indian history. If not economics and politics, the social mores of that time hold much attraction not only for the serious-minded but also for the frivolous lover of gossipy ...
Of human frailty
In the Kamba Ramayana, perhaps for the last time in the cycle of Indian Rama stories, Rama straddles the nebulous zone between epic hero and infallible deity, says ARSHIA SATTAR.
FOR centuries, irrigation technologies in the Indian sub-continent essentially comprised an assemblage of innumerable small-scale structures such as tanks, wells, temporary diversion embankments and inundation canals. With the consolidation of ...
Epistles from a multi-lingual scholar
AFICIONADOS of the Statesman newspaper are familiar with its anglophile propensities long after the sun had set on the British Empire and its ownership got transferred to Indian hands. Even after Independence, it had some fine ...
Facing the inevitable
A PROMINENT paradox of our time is the dilemma caused by our increasing longevity vis-à-vis the predicament caused by a prolonged old age. The tradition of joint family had irreparably cracked during the first half of the 20th Century; the ...
Encounters with the self
Most nature and wildlife writing in India is issue-based. Walks in the Wild is refreshingly different, says RANJIT LAL.
Though some lines call for a grimace, Dom Moraes still has a way with words, says KEKI N. DARUWALLA.
Source of inspiration
KAMALADEVI CHATTOPADHYAY, the grand dame of Indian handicrafts has been so written about that bringing out one more book on this remarkable woman is a challenge for anyone. To commemorate her birth centenary on April 3, the Crafts Council of ...
All for love
AT forty, Georgie Jutland is in a bit of a mess. She lives in a claustrophobic fishing community White Point with a fisherman she does not love and his two children who do not love her. She stays up whole nights drinking vodka and ...
What the statistics hide
While numeric data show narrowing male-female gaps in education levels, employment opportunities and life expectancies, the real picture, as it emerges in The Violence of Development, is something else, says ANURADHA KHATI RAJIVAN.
A Shakespeare veteran
WHEN M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars propose Shakespeare or a traditional writer as subject for thesis/ dissertation, they are advised by their supervisors to choose contemporary or recent writers. Generally, topics based on traditional authors are ...
The 10,000 Club
AT a special ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 20, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam received special leather-bound copies of his two best-selling books, India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium and Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power ...
Relevance of Hesse today
THE politics and writings of this Nobel Laureate are particularly relevant in this, his 125th birth centenary, because he had the courage of his convictions to protest against German militarism in the years during and after the First World War. ...
The bane of book piracy
BOOK piracy, the illegal reproduction of books, has assumed menacing proportions over the last two decades. In India, about 15,000 publishers publish about 70,000 books annually in 22 languages. According to the Federation of Booksellers and ...
Credibility of awards
AN award for a literary work is an incentive and a recognition of outstanding merit. Besides the prize per se, the author receives substantial benefits by sales of the book. In international prizes like the Nobel, Booker, Prix Goncourt, ...
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