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Sunday, June 03, 2007
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A 20th century classic remembered.
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Thoroughly enjoybale and illuminating it is social and intellectual history at its best.Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea; Christine Garwood; Macmillan, £20....
Black With ‘Equal’ by Vikram Kapadia and Collaborators by Ramu Ramanathan; A Touch of Brightness by Partap Sharma and Doongaji House by Cyrus Mistry and Mahadevbhai: 1892-1942 by Ramu ...
Myth, meaning and modernity
“I have put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of ensuring one’s immortality.”James Joyce when asked to explain ...
A look at writers who have disappointed literary audiences after their first promise, either out of choice or otherwise.
A fortune in rare books
In “Nabokov’s Butterfly”, Gekoski tells the stories of 20 rare books that passed through his hands.
Admission of guilt?
Looking into the etymology of peccadilloes.
HIS fan mail borders on fanaticism. But strangely that is farthest from what he preaches. Paulo Coelho has spent decades unravelling the great mysteries of the mind. He is something of a cult figure with those who follow every written word ...
Loss of faith
“I will never apologise for deserting the American army. I deserted an injustice and leaving was the right thing to do. I owe one apology and one apology only, and that is to the people of Iraq.”
Joshua Key (AWOL — ...
Mughal India, warts and all
IN an age of quick fixes, travel writing today is all about where to go, what to do or not do, places to stay, etc. But, for centuries, travel writing provided the other side of the story in a land where available literature was invariably royal ...
IN time with the 43rd death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru this past Sunday, Oxford University Press (OUP) came out with its Oxford India Collection of his writings. Edited by Uma Iyengar, it brings together some of his “writings of ...
Voices from the neighbourhood
Asian writers and teachers get together in Madurai to find out ways of enriching each other. SUBASH JEYAN
Critique of consumer culture
Whitewash is an attempt at mocking the pretensions of the great Indian middle class.
Telling it straight
Anger is the engine of Kandasamy’s poems.
While the illustrations are superb, the text is disappointing.
New Testament recycled
Archer fails to lift the familiar into a refreshing narrative with rewarding insights. PAUL ZACHARIAH
Mythologising the self
The Children of Turin shows how Tolkine burnished and aged his universe in the oak barrels of his mind. SAMANTH SUBRAMANIAN
Many moments of poise
Here is a poet who has found her stride, aligning content and craft. ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM
A mix of moods
There’s something in Beantown Boomtown for everyone. To most people, Bangalore’s status as India’s Silicon Valley was the turning point in the city’s history. However, Bangalore didn’t suddenly become ...
Bangalore city in three-quarter profile.
Violence under the sun
An urge to put the Naxalite movement in perspective could have been done with more literary finesse.
A thrilling read
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
A new social vision
Masud’s stories articulate a protest that is full of wider social resonances. Jyoti Nair Belliappa
Sensitive and powerful
Jayakanthan’s novel throws up several unvoiced questions for the reader to mull over. SELINE AUGUSTINE
Harry Potter for adults
A doorstopper of a book that can either fascinate or turn off readers.
A woman of substance
Salma Ahmed’s book exposes the hypocrisy of life in the subcontinent.
Commemorating a tumultuous era
Three books that provide a fresh look into the events of 1857.
Wonderful world of children
Children and their aesthetic life are crucial to the full realisation of our human potential. DIPTIRANJAN PATTANAIK
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