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Theatre of the dispossessed
KAUSALYA SANTHANAM attends a national seminar on Canadian native theatre held in Chennai recently. A report.
Curry in New Jersey
RAJ S. RANGARAJAN talks to Mitra Kalita, whose Suburban Sahibs, a book about the different fortunes of three Indian migrant families in New Jersey, has just been published in India.
Yeats: Our contemporary
PEOPLE who don't read poems because poetry makes nothing happen often turn to poetry at moments when it matters and Yeats matters now. When Yeats died in January 1939 "Earth receive an honoured guest", as Auden's famous ...
Life beyond constraints
IN 1964 Sethu Ramaswamy turned 40. She had got married at the age of 10 and her formal schooling had ended at the age of 13. She had a large family to look after and her journalist husband liked to keep an open house, and visitors, friends and ...
MUCH has been written about her grace and beauty. She is still considered the absolute epitome of style but few know the somewhat tumultuous life and times of Maharani Gayatri Devi. Most of the books written about her recall her years as the ...
The Cinderella complex
DISCUSSING her recent abdication of the prime minister's post, a political analyst friend of mine said that one reason that Sonia Gandhi took that momentous decision was because she was suffering from the Cinderella complex. The Cinderella ...
Mugging de Queen's English: The politics of decentring
Attempts to re-establish certainties regarding one's own history, language and cultural heritage are at the heart of much of the recent poetry produced by black writers in Britain, says RENUKA RAJARATNAM.
Pulse of urban India
`Her stories, set firmly in Mumbai and New Delhi, are genuine contemporary India, with not even a glance over the shoulder at the West!'
Of elusive peace
`In the hands of the Latin American magical realist, Gauguin's story has been transmuted into a lush story of frenzy, in vivid chromatic colours.'
`He fixes the atmosphere with those low-hanging ceiling-fans ... and everything else that communicates, predominantly, a sense of ennui.'
Portrait of an icon
`Hartman has done well to flesh out the character flaws and all of the protagonist... '
Tagore in the new millennium
`Both A Grain of Sand and Yogayog will hold even the casual reader's attention till the end.'
When `losers' win
`Rupa Bajwa has a great deal going for her a sound instinct for storytelling, an unconstrained relationship with the language and a flair for detail.'
WHETHER writing is doctoring by other means or whether the more usual reverse is the case, the connection between medicine and literature is as old as history itself. In modern times, when vocations and callings have become well-regulated ...
Do women have a country?
`The book tells the story of thousands of women who were abducted during the partition and taken away... '
A different kind of book
`Paa. Visalam has chosen a topic where she has had to tread cautiously and she has successfully negotiated the knife-edge walk.'
A welcome translation
`In the hands of a gifted writer like Devan, the plot gallops, the characters come alive, and the suspense is often killing.'
THERE are rumours of strange books books full of layout and typography trickery; books that play with text and design. We know of experiments in text: from Joyce's Finnegan's Wake to the meta stories of Barthelme and Borges to the ...
Sitars and stripes
`Following the standards of the best narrative non-fiction, Kalita is an unobtrusive reporter, economical with her prose and astute in her observations.'
The real agenda
PROSPECTS are not bright for ordinary people. U.S. protectionism leaves its society a welfare state meant only for the rich. Market discipline is not for the rich, but for the poor; the rich people, Chomsky argues, "are going to have a nanny ...
An ambivalent relationship
`The Scandal of the State is one of the most intelligent and cogent analyses of this relationship [between the women's movement and the state].'
Echoes of ignored interior spaces
`Whether viewed within the context of women's studies or as pure literature, Indira Chowdhury's insight-packed introduction and easy-access translation ... are a gift to celebrate.'
`These are stories about American women who ... have the privileged option of leaving home and trying on other countries for size in an attempt to find themselves.'
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