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INTERFACE
New genealogies
Romesh Gunesekera, in an e-mail interview, talks about tradition, art and how a novelist's job is to let a novel become itself.
Happenings

IN THE NEWS
Not a fairytale end
A look at the plagiarism controversy surrounding Kaavya Viswanathan's sensational debut.

Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Artistic voice of dissent
Writer and artist Prafulla Mohanti on his life, art, and his heart that still lives in the village.


FACE TO FACE
A poet even in prose
Sheen Kauf Nizam believes that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Columns

CLASSICS REVISITED
Dialogues across time
The Complete Dramatic Works, Samuel Beckett, Penguin India, 12.99 (Krapp first written in 1958). Other Works Consulted: Beckett, A. Alvarez, in Fontana Modern Masters Series. Beckett, Faber Critical ...
First Impressions
SANJAY SURI'S book is a huge dose of nostalgia. It transports one back to Britain in the late 1970s — a massive Indian population stuck in a time warp, as if the needles on their clocks stopped the minute they landed in this alien country, ...
SECOND THOUGHTS
Give me your seconds
IN the 1960s, Dehra Dun's Paltan Bazaar was as throbbing a slice of life as one could ever wish for. Cycling downhill from the clock tower, a schoolboy could weave nonchalantly through the crowd, past shops selling imitation Bata shoes, Tip-Top ...
WORDSPEAK
Echoes in language

ENDPAPER
Greenan's cheerful Gothica
It is time for Russell H. Greenan to take his place as one of the most original and entertaining writers in genre fiction

Book Review

Eternity in a frame
The Match, Romesh Gunesekera, Bloomsbury, 2006, p.308, paperback, Rs. 495. THE MATCH begins, more or less, and ends with a cricket match. Two very different kinds of matches. Straddling the two is Sunny Fernando's ...
LOOKING BACK
Coming to terms with history
This is a splendid book, a must-read for anyone interested in the Partition.
CONTEMPORARY HISTORY
World of intrigue and deception
Powers explores the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras in Western history, the period of moles, spies and adversarial espionage.
SHORT FICTION
A different landscape
The narrative probes how the past has impacted the Naga psyche.
FICTION
Love amidst strife
This is a well-defined story with touches of beauty and pain.
TRANSLATION
Unflinching realist
Yashpal's mission was the repudiation of backward elements in Indian society through stories.
Inside the web
Mir and Rana give an authentic and disturbing account of the nature of the Pakistani state.
SHORT FICTION
A cocktail of styles
There are little stories within stories, sabotaging the narrative.
FICTION
Royal intrigues
A racy murder mystery that also offers a peek into the lives of Indian royalty.
LITERATURE
Colonial encounters
Sara Suleri's nuanced reading is indispensable for a proper and balanced understanding of post-coloniality.
CRIME
Murder on an island
Despite minor changes, the novel is still vintage P.D. James.
Scholarly take on films
The Art of Cinema: An Insider's Journey Through 50 Years of Film History; B.D. Garga, Penguin India, Rs. 495. I HAVE been reading B.D. Garga ever since I can remember. One of my most respected colleagues, as writers on the cinema ...
SPORT
What ails Indian football?
The growth and decline of football in India.




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