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Sunday, January 02, 2005
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A question of politics
MAMMAD was woken up by the commotion on the seashore. Dawn was just breaking. Would there be any fish left for him, he wondered. All he had was 140 rupees. Yesterday's profit had been 25 rupees. When he reached home, his son had a raging fever ...
A light touch on the keys
THERE are woefully few French books translated into English, especially when you consider the rate of exchange going the other way. But if only a handful of contemporary French writers are going to appear in English, then we must be grateful that ...
`The plays are relevant to our own times as they draw attention to the fundamentalisms existing within one's own religion making it almost impossible to hear voices counselling sanity.'
Undoing the mischief of demi-gods
`To achieve that lost understanding despite our keeping to our own languages is indeed the philosophy behind the culture of translation.'
Eco-literature began to take shape in the 1980s. This is not to say that writers before were not concerned with issues relating to ecology and environment. But the decades since then saw these two subjects receive a focused attention in ...
Pedagogy of social liberation
SHELLEY WALIA profiles Paulo Freire, whose theoretical innovations spurred notions of dialogical exchange between the teacher and the student.
In search of harmony
PADMA NARAYANAN and PREMA SEETHARAM trace the evolution to maturity of the Tamil poet Meenakshi.
Memories of a friend
SHASHI DESHPANDE remembers Shama Futehally, whose poise, grace and propriety came out of a strong sense of right and wrong.
THE purest poetry, it can be argued, springs not from a quarrel with ourselves, or from urban angst or cloistered academics, nor from a passionate contemplation of nature. Its originality comes from the soil, not the seed, and, like earth itself, ...
IT is unusual for a book to be based on a film. But Amu is exactly that. The author first scripted her film by the same name and then was persuaded to write a book. Her story is short and simple. When Kaju graduates from school in the ...
The word of the year
"WORDSPEAK" readers often e-mail examples of words that catch their fancy. These include what may be called "new" words, or words that have entered the language recently, some even during the past few months. Readers interested in the development ...
IT was gratifying to have several readers respond to my piece on public libraries. The letters ranged from those who acknowledged their debt to our public libraries to those wondering what could be done to revive them. There were also those who ...
LONG ago a well-known Tamil publisher had visited Delhi and he came to our university to meet my professor who was a friend of his. When I entered my professor's room for something, he introduced me to the publisher. "Why don't you write for us?" ...
`Hollinghurst's prose is dense, textured, full of delicately nuanced details.'
`Eventide conveys the subtle experience of the very values that matter most in life.'
INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH
`Writing in the 1930s, Mulk Raj Anand focused his gaze on social practices like untouchability ...'
`Vassanji narrates in Vic's story, how the life of every modest man and woman is part of the transformation of history.'
A piece of the moon
"Dots and Lines is a `fine' book, one of the finest books I read this year and in all the years that I've been reading books."
`Contrary to the general impression that the book is only for diabetics, the recipes in Low Calorie Desserts ensure good taste without adding those extra kilos.'
`What Sooni Taraporevala's book essentially succeeds in doing is bring forth the Parsi character to non-Parsi eyes.'
`The book is a cultural history of the English alphabet from the earliest inscriptions to modern usage, told in an informal, chatty and conversational style.'
ODDS AND ENDS
All your days
`The diary that Granta Books has produced for 2005 creates an effect that is as moving as it is magical.'
Sweet and sour, with pepper as garnish
`Kankana Basu offers positive clues to the future of the Indian short story in English.'
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