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Foreigners, fibs and fairytales
All the moves
THE queen is the most powerful and versatile piece on the chessboard. This was not always so. The Indian game, true to its origins as one of military strategy, placed the general beside the king. First in the Persian and then in the Arab-Muslim ...
On the death of the novel
With the Gen-Y obsessed with graphics, the written word is becoming obsolete in an increasingly virtual, visual world, feels VIJAY PARTHASARATHY.
Author of 32 books and editor or co-editor of 19 others, GEORGE P. GARRETT has published in every genre possible. Shortly after his retirement in 2002 as the Henry Hoyns Professor Emeritus of creative writing from the University ...
FACE TO FACE
On the Silk Road
Sun Shuyun set out from Xian in China to Kanchipuram in India, following the route taken by Xuanzang. NIMI KURIAN maps her journey of self discovery.
Grace under pressure
Mother Courage: The poor need courage. They're lost, that's why. That they even get up in the morning is something in their plight. Or that they plough a field in wartime. Even their bringing their children into the world ...
Death: life's only guarantee
THE first thing that catches the eye in Death at My Doorstep is that the noted columnist Khushwant Singh should even consider having an epitaph for himself. One would have thought that the man who paid little attention to such niceties for ...
View from the summit
IN 1940, Lady Yashodabai Joshi was urged by her family to write her memoirs. Yashodabai Joshi had been bedridden for six or seven years. She was not in a position to write her memoirs, as her fingers did not move. So she dictated it to her ...
WHEN Ram Mohammed Thomas wins a billion, his life does a double take. Not because he's won the sweepstakes but because the cops come to his hovel in the busiest slum in Asia, Dharavi in Mumbai, and handcuff him. Predictably, at the police station ...
NOTHING is relished as singularly as a conspiracy thriller, and in the wake of you-know-which-book, readers of this column have been demanding to know if there are other books like it. There are. While they don't cover the exact same ground as ...
When words transcend barriers
THE "Wordspeak" of December 2004 was about a contest organised by the German Language Council to find the most appealing word in German. The winner was Habseligkeiten, suggesting not a person's property or financial assets, but his or her ...
Around the world, playwrights are in search of an audience. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN was there in New Delhi when they met to discuss their craft and their very different contexts.
A call for action
`Bama, in these new creative literary forms has found a voice, genuine and unaffected, uniquely her own.'
Moments of joy
M.T. VASUDEVAN NAIR is rated as one of the best storywriters in Malayalam. These 10 stories translated into English establish him further as a writer worth wider attention, richly deserved. We are grateful to V. Abdullah for the remarkably easy ...
Reclaiming civil liberties
Dissidence has always been central to human society. Dissent is necessary to protect individual rights, says SHELLEY WALIA.
`Though it makes for interesting reading, this book is meant for academicians and serious students of folklore and literature.'
That eureka moment
`One of the nicest things about this book is that, like its hero, it seems to leave itself open to impulse... '
`Chasing the Rainbow is a rendering of Das's childhood experiences in Orissa.'
Women and Islam
`The book is a laudable effort to give the reader glimpses into a world tilted against women not only when it comes to political or social power, but also in the finer and creative things of life... '
Not the best
`Despite a few excellent stories, the volume does not measure up to its predecessors.'
`Barber explores the richness of the Holy Grail's cultural influences by mapping out the literary origins of the grail legend.'
`It is to the credit of Ajit Bhattacharjea that he has broken the cycle of hagiography and demonology by producing an excellent and balanced biography of JP... '
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