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IN CONVERSATION
Living in a multiverse
Indians may be good at living in many worlds at the same time, but we should be a little more aware of our own rich and layered history, feels seasoned writer and novelist William Dalrymple. Excerpts from a recent interview...
Literature


COMMENT
The Bard in India today
What has Mr. William Shakespeare got to do with our lives today? A lot, apparently…


Books

Limelight
The Cleft; The Sun Between Their Feet: Collected African Stories Vol. 2; Doris Lessing, HarperCollins, £7.99 and £.8.99. Winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature 2007. Doris Lessing is one of the most celebrated and ...


Short takes
Two Tales of My Times: New Delhi Times and Maachis; Gulzar; Rupa, Rs. 395.Two Tales of My Times presents two of Gulzar’s most thought-provoking and hard-hitting film scripts “New Delhi Times” and ...


Columns


CLASSOCS REVISITED
The simple art of story-telling
The Adventures of Amir Hamza, Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami, complete and unabridged translation by Musharraf Ali Farooqui, Random House, India, 2008. Rs. 795.Story-telling in the oral cultures of the Eastern world is a part of ...

First impressions
The book’s name and cover design is a dead ringer for what to expect through its pages. Lashkar tries to make sense of the terror that now surrounds our lives; to configure the stories of men who join the terror ...


SECOND THOUGHTS
Theroux: Tips and tales
Much like one never steps into the same river twice, one can never quite visit the same place again.


ENDPAPER
Talking of Carver
Raymond Carver’s short stories are well known, his poems less known. But it is Carver, the teacher, who is in focus here.


Book Review


PROSE
Of rotting pink threads and more
Kesavan both describes and dissects beautifully the ‘problem’ of the Indian male.


SPORT
A cricketing disaster
The book uses the World Cup 2007 as a backdrop to unearth world cricket’s pressing issues.


TRANSLATION
Tales of determined women
Krishna Sobti, one of the Hindi language’s enduring authors, is now available in vibrant and faithful translations.


FICTION
A familiar loneliness
Hasan’s world is Shillong, peopled by characters you can feel for…and cringe for.

Echoes across time
Two strands of stories, separated by 200 years, each with its catalogue of miseries…


SHORT FICTION
Of love and grief
Each story, touching lightly upon the human condition, is sure-footed in its movement and measured in its pace.


CINEMA
A little premature?
While articles on Girish Kasaravalli are welcome, isn’t the filmmaker’s best yet to come?


FICTION
Intensely culture bound
A warm human tale that makes a good read.


RETROSPECT
Fighting for a cause
Nayantara Sahgal’s books have a subtlety and sensitivity that comes with practice.

Soul of Thiruvananthapuram
The translation fails to capture the nuances of the original.


TRANSLATION
Society in transition
U.R. Ananthamurthy’s writings examine the nature of a traditional society that is trying to modernise itself.


MEMOIR
The larger picture
Saeed Mirza’s book encompasses different genres but strikes a chord.


PEOPLE
More questions than answers
This book is the first account of Kodava history from a non-colonial perspective.


DALIT HISTORY
Liberation narrative
Prisons transcends the boundaries of personal narrative…


MEMOIRS
A half-full cup
Davidar’s is a strictly top-down view of life in the plantations.



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