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Fiction as knowledge
To remember Iris Murdoch is to remember the value of imperfection.
IN FIRST PERSON
`My novels are temporary... ' Namita Gokhale on her books and writing.
Vivid and simple, Akkitham's verse changed the prevailing ethos in Malayalam poetry.
Tomorrow's India: Another Tryst With Destiny, edited by B. G. Verghese, Viking, Rs. 595. HOW well has India kept its "tryst with destiny"? This is the question that prominent Stephanians try to answer in Tomorrow's ...
The death of kings
Shakespeare: The Complete Plays, General Editor: Alfred Harbage, Penguin/ Viking, revised edition, 1977. "THE higher the monkey climbs the tree, the more you see of his behind." This cautionary African folk adage adequately ...
Life of dignity
Popati Hiranandani's works spoke of independent and strong women.
WHEN was it that you last thought of your household help as human? More importantly in a crunch who would you trust the help or your own family? Sera Dubash, a Parsi housewife, is bound to her home and hearth and her only daughter ...
The right way to write
Is there a secret formula that will finally end the painful search for elusive words?
Why we need Woody Allen
WOODY ALLEN at 70 has a new film out "Match Point". More so than his other films, "Match Point" has the weight, shape and sensibility of a book more than a movie. Its theme is the oldest in literature: character versus fate. Asked ...
Even 100 years after his death, Ibsen's plays continue to be relevant to modern society.
Nothing `untold' about this story
Perhaps the most discordant note in the book is the attempt to place Partition within the context of current day `terrorism'.
An uneven relationship
Supriya Chaudhuri has succeeded admirably with her translation of Tagore's Jogajog.
Too many trees
While issues are tackled comprehensively, the book is dissatisfying if you're looking for the big picture.
Another Archer special
Jeffrey Archer is one of the few detective writers following the trail these days.
An impressive retelling of the epic, so different from the story we've often heard.
Education for Living Creatively and Peacefully; Devi Prasad; Otherwise Books: Hyderabad, Rs.175. IN the bewildering world of educational jargon and school practice, once in a while there emerges a fresh perspective that inspires ...
Old stories told from a new perspective make this book an interesting read.
The letters confirm that Guru Dutt was not acting when portraying suffering on screen.
Between struggle and survival
A view of alternative social and political struggles that capture the deep-seated intellect of the protest movements.
A signature novel
Its iconic status as the first modern Oriya novel rests not on the plot, but on the manner of its telling.
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