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Wednesday, October 05,  2005

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  Book Review Articles


From September 21,  2005  to  October 04,  2005

The Perfect Guru

This visually splendid book gives the reader a new lens with which to view pichhvais. 

Fine Fusion Of Forms

The Accidental boldly steps outside its own formal boundaries and blends different modes of expressions. 

Home And The World

On an impulse, I decided to read Amitava Kumar's Bombay, London, New York again. I read it in a hurry when it first came out in 2002, noting with pleasure that it was, among many other things, the first really good book on reading written by an Indian. 

Brutal Landscape

Jayanta Mahapatra on how he needs to find the little lights amidst desolation to keep going. Physics taught me that time held you captive, but it also made you free. 

On Strangeness In Indian Writing

For 20 long years, influenced by Said and post-colonial theory, the aesthetics of estrangement has been confused with the politics of representation. It is time to restore the stranger's innocence. 

Poems Of Remarkable Resonance

Kolatkar was a genuine major talent, feels PRABHAKAR ACHARYA.

Textbook Of Laughter And Forgetting

Literature can define the way we perceive and express our worlds. Why then is there no wider debate on the kind of English textbooks that are prescribed, asks AMITAVA KUMAR. Literature can define the way we perceive and express our worlds.

Narratives That Linger

A profile of the Tamil writer R. Chudamani by PADMA NARAYANAN and PREMA SEETHARAM. 

In Love With The Many Moods Of The Monsoon

The monsoon is a special source of inspiration for Alexander Frater who has followed its course in India. 

To Have And To Hold

It is amazing that what Jayakanthan wrote 40 years ago holds good even in the new millennium. 

First Impressions

Sadak Chhaap, Meher Pestonji, Penguin, Rs. 250. 

Handmaiden Of The Government

Doordarshan Days, Bhaskar Ghose, Viking, Rs. 395 

The 'Milk Man' Tells His Story

I Too Had a Dream, Verghese Kurien as told to Gouri Salvi, Lotus, Rs. 395. 

Inside Out

A Hack's Progress, Phillip Knightley, Lotus, Rs. 295.

The Return Of Salman Rushdie

After a lean phase which, incidentally, included The Satanic Verses, Rushdie has regained his touch, and with some style. Shalimar is also one of his most accessible novels, though, in an age of instant gratification, it still seems unfashionably.

The Other Great War

In After Kurukshetra, Mahasweta Devi speaks once again of women from a woman's point of view. 

A Feminist Manifesto

Lyndall Gordon attempts to see in Mary Wollstonecraft's contrariety, a positive desire to inculcate and discard, to test and shape her growing genius. 

Between Cultures

Aslam is courageous for recording his impressions of an insular world. 

New Narratives

A compact collection, Curtains celebrates the Indian woman and `herstories'. 

The Writings Of Another Literary Family

Eunice de Souza's recent book, The Satthianadhan Family Album, is an interesting attempt to understand the life of early Tamil Christians. 

Mastering The Mistress

Anita Nair says she donned in spirit the colours of a Kathakali artiste to write her novel.

Travel On The Edge

The book reveals exciting new ways to experience the world in a manner that entertains as well as educates. 

Revolutionising The Path Of Information

For the first time after the Arab news channel Al Jazeera broke on the scene— information is flowing from East to West, rather than the other way around. 

Progressing From A Whisper To A Scream

JOANNA BRISCOE is glad that Nick Hornby’s ending transcends the beginning of his high-concept novel. 

A Mix Of Feminism

The book reflects contemporary social reality through the medium of a short story and a novella.

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