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Bridge over rubbled waters
... a dictionary by which the pronunciation of our language may be fixed, and its attainment facilitated, by which its purity maybe preserved, its use ascertained, and its duration lengthened. From Johnson's Preface to ...
EVERYONE knows that less wealth means poorer health. But on closer inspection, the connection in the popular imagination between money and illness looks rather more complicated. The collapse of East Asian economies in 1997 quickly became known as ...
Remembrance of things past
INTIZAR HUSAIN migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and has been living in Lahore ever since. A much-loved master storyteller, he has published eight collections of short stories, four novels (Basti and Chand Gehen ...
Heroes of our times
ALL characters in the great Russian novels, to a greater or lesser degree, go through a struggle between two forces: the longing for privacy and the urge to go places: introversion, that is, interest directed within oneself, towards one's inner ...
Agents of change
ON September 11, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Women's Jamaat Committee organised a hunger strike in Madurai for a day. The Muslim Women's Jamaat Committee is the brainchild of Sharifa, who is the Director of STEPS Women's Development Organisation. The ...
IT turns out that Ron Rosenbaum, the Shakespeare of investigative journalism, is the best-kept secret in narrative non-fiction writing. Perhaps that is as it should be because what he writes about are secret societies, clandestine ...
FOOD has always played a major role in individual lives, especially in Asia. Festivals revolved around not only lengthy rituals but also fascinating amounts of food. Nowhere has this been more strongly entrenched than India home to a ...
Going to the polls - II
THIS column is a continuation of the previous "Wordspeak" on terms related to electing a person democratically, by casting a vote. I have added explanations for some of the questions raised by readers, including one from Dharmeshwaran Natesan ...
GRANTA the magazine of new writing celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special edition that brings together the old and the new. Lest it be construed that old articles have been included in a magazine that has built a ...
IN FIRST PERSON
Reading to the gods
SUDEEP SEN on the world's oldest poetry festival in Struga, Macedonia. He was a recipient of the Pleiades honour this year.
Man Booker shortlist
THE shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for 2004 were announced on September 21. The ones that made it to the shortlist: Bitter Fruit, Achmat Dangor (Atlantic Books); The Electric Michelangelo, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber); The Line ...
A continuing tradition
`Stone Craft of India does not read like a textbook nor is it highly academic, thereby making it interesting for lay people.'
Story of a gentle rebel
`Zeenuth Futehally's novel is calm, soothing and flows easily.'
Life is a comic book
`In the larger context, Persepolis 2 is a look at how women live in the Islamic Republic of Iran... '
`My wife and I experimented with several recipes but, by and large, these books are about aesthetic food... '
`While there are a number of books on HIV/AIDS, and "advice" books too, D'Cruz's study is a more serious attempt to look beyond the clinical side of the epidemic to the human factor.'
Saga of struggle
`Published in 1987 ... The Stepchild is arguably the first Dalit novel to be written in any language.'
Between shade and shadow
`As With Shadows is set in far away Bombay in an unfamiliar time and the main characters are partly real... '
Poetry as a refuge
`Word-of-mouth, in a significant and exact sense, describes the locus that his poems inhabit... '
Life in a white coat
WHAT'S UP DOC? by Dr. Saranya Nandakumar, with a foreword by leading cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Solomon Victor, is a commentary on the lot of a doctor in India today. Being Chennai-based, her experiences are naturally Chennai-centred but ...
The aesthetics of politics
Mario Vargas Llosa's aesthetic quest is one with his political concern, says SHELLEY WALIA, profiling the career of the writer who once wanted to be the President of Peru.
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