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The word in the machine
How does the book fare in a digital world? SUBASH JEYAN finds out.
Interview

Waiting for change
`More women than men are studying, but the higher they get up professionally the less chances they have.'


SPOTLIGHT
Across cultures
The Indo-Swedish Translation Project hosted a literary seminar, "Sambandh: Relating Distant Worlds' in Bangalore from February 2 to 5. The event brought many distinguished writers, critics, translators and publishers together for an informed, ...

People

IN CONVERSATION
City stories
KALA KRISHNAN RAMESH walks the fuzzy borderline between the real and the unreal with designer Avinash Veeraraghavan.
IN COVERSATION
Translation as absence
Noted French translator Dominique Vitalyos is passionate about translating Indian, especially Malayalam, authors. K.K. GOPALAKRISHNAN talks to the translator who is in India now.
NEW VOICES
Landscapes of the grid
Salma's novel unravels a stunningly textured world of Muslim life. PRASANNA RAMASWAMY talks to the author.

Columns

CLASSICS REVISITED
Crucible of fear
To be sure I had counted myself a radical since my days in college and had tried and failed to read Das Kapital; but the Marxist formulations had certainly given shape to my views on politics — fundamentally that to understand a ...
DIFFERENT REGISTERS
Mothers and daughters
MARCH is an important month because the International Women's Day falls in March on the 8th and very often that day becomes a day of meeting of friends in the women's movement who have not met for a long time. We celebrate the day and talk about ...
First Impressions
REMEMBER those tomes that you were forced to lug around the dreary library? Here is a history book that will gladden your hearts and lighten your spirits. This book is one that students of history and life can romp through in one sitting. This is ...
WORDSPEAK
Words that should exist
LEWIS CARROLL, who wrote about Alice's romp through wonderland, coined the word "chortle" in his other work Through the Looking Glass (1872). The OED says that it was a combination of "chuckle" and "snort", and I have always ...
ENDPAPER
Marginalia
THERE are really only two kinds of readers — those who write in books, and those who don't. I myself have never been able to scribble in the margins but several of my friends never begin a book without a soft pencil in hand. Coleridge, a ...
Bookwatch
WRITTEN for a Western audience in 1954 at a time when the sun had set on the British Empire, A.L. Basham's The Wonder that was India is among the "must reads" for every undergraduate pursuing history in India. And, herein lies the greatest ...

Book Review

POETRY
No false notes
`She hones her words to communicate their magic, that's all she has, and uses them as a mirror in which she looks at herself and the world.'
TRANSLATION
Masterful tapestries
`Both the narratives make for an easy reading with their imaginative descriptions, lucid language and artistic cohesion.'
ART
Changing canvas
`The text as structured by the author is as clinical as the artist he probes.'
Future-speak
`The book is a compact perspective on global language trends and is futuristic in the points it raises.'
FICTION
The same book, again and again
`Here, in essence, lies the philosophical richness of Auster's work, his refusal to fall into the post-modern trap of denying meaning.'
TRANSLATION
Portrait of a nation
`The writer's main aim was to communicate his perceptions of the social contradictions of Poland ...'
GENDER STUDIES
Issues in Indian feminism
`These essays discuss the many varieties of challenges that have faced women through the expressive and layered prism of literature.'
CONSERVATION
Bird book
`The main aim of the inventory, as cited, "is to document and protect a network of sites which covers all the habitats and species".'
NON-FICTION
Magic workers
`Roopa Swaminathan's style is journalistic more than literary or academic, the prose, simple, and her curiosity, endless.'
FICTION
Remnants of the Raj
`These are, in a sense, haunting stories, taking us back to a time of inequality, subjugation and servility.'
HISTORY
Beyond the exotic
`Schimmel's language is shorn of jargon and is direct and simple with liberal use of quotes from contemporary sources.'
TRANSLATION
Dealing with difference
`Ashokamitran's prose is underplayed and his sardonic wit can be refreshing.'
From the Blurb
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