Monthly Archives: July 2008

Kancha Ilaiah Wins Award

Kancha Ilaiah has won the prestigious London Institute of South Asia (LISA) Award for 2008 for his book Why I am Not a Hindu. Richly deserved. I’m happy also for his publishers, Samya and Navayana. See here for the news, … Continue reading

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Poetry Meeting on 3 August at Srijan

An open door meeting of poets will take place on 3 August at the Srijan rooftop (120 Lenin Sarani). What the ‘anchor’ bit means is that Srijato and I have to select the lineup of poets who iwll read. If … Continue reading

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This is based on a piece I wrote for a conference on the Muse in Indian literature, orgainsed by the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, who have very kindly agreed to let me put this version up here. ***** … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Travel Seminar

CALL FOR PAPERS ON THE ROAD: WRITING TRAVEL AND TRAVELLERS International Conference November 6-8, 2008, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India The Centre of Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, invites abstracts of papers for an International Conference on the theme of … Continue reading

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Sugarpuff

Harinath Babu rolled the little white sphere around in his fingers. Then he delicately dropped it through the thin neck of the little bottle he was holding. Very carefully he measured out a tiny amount of the required dilution and … Continue reading

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Two Interviews on City of Love

This one is from IANS, posted on AOL News. And this one is on Asian Age. Apparently I am famous enough to be known by my first name. This must give poor Rimi Sen some disquiet. Happy Bastille Day!

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Amitav Ghosh's Reading at JU

This was a success: as Supriyadi said, we had never seen so many people in Vivekananda Hall before. By the time we began it was standing room only and many people had to be turned away. Students had to give … Continue reading

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