Monthly Archives: August 2007

Above Average

Above Average, Amitabha Bagchi, Harper Collins 2007. ISBN 978-7223-653-3, Rs 195. Your first reaction on picking up this book will be, hey, another IIT book in the footsteps of Five Point Someone. You will read the blurb and note the … Continue reading

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After Sixty Years

The desert stretched all around her. Pulling her hat low to shade her face, she shook the sand from her feet and trudged wearily up the dune. Perhaps from the summit of it she would be able to see the … Continue reading

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Lajja: The Shame of It

The attack on Taslima Nasreen at the Hyderabad Press Club on 9 August 2007 is only the latest of the attempts to silence her, but it differs in quality from those that went before. It is not unusual for men … Continue reading

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The City of Love: New Publication Date

The City of Love is now officially scheduled for early November. The text has gone to print and the cover goes on Monday, so its status is now ‘in press’. This is how the blurb will look. The picture might … Continue reading

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Notes Towards a New Poetics

These comments were originally part of my review of Sampurna Chattarji’s book, but I deicded it wasn’t fair to saddle her with them, so I hacked them out and saved them for a later post. This is that post, and … Continue reading

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Cars of Singapore

Singapore is where good cars go after they die. Everything gleams, of course, but the cars dazzle: they are jewels on wheels. For the average Singaporean, having a car is the ultimate sign of having arrived. Getting to drive it … Continue reading

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Sight May Strike You Blind

Sight May Strike You Blind, Sampurna Chattarji, Sahitya Akademi 2007, ISBN 81-260-2420-8, Rs 50/-. Sampurna Chattarji, while writing predominantly in a free-verse form, has however a few quirks of her own where style and form are concerned. She often slips … Continue reading

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