Monthly Archives: September 2012

Banned Books Week: Ashok Malik on unbanning the banned

Alexander Campbell was a Scotsman who served in the 1950s as Time magazine’s correspondent in New Delhi. In 1958, he wrote a book called The Heart of India, which was seen as so repulsive and diabolical that the government banned it in March 1959. Campbell also wrote travelogues called The Heart of Africa and The […]

Banned Books Week: Banning Books In India

A brief look at the history of banned books in India: The 1930s: Almost exactly 70 years since Katherine Mayo’s Mother India was placed on the list of banned books, the import of this “drain-inspector’s report” is still prohibited. More typical of books that incurred the disapproval of the State in pre-Independence India was Arthur Miles’ […]

Writers, September: Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj reads from Untouchable, for the South Asian Literary Recordings Project http://lcweb2.loc.gov/mbrs/master/salrp/02001.mp3 (Amardeep Singh (@Electrostani on Twitter) on why he thinks Untouchable is a copout: http://www.electrostani.com/2010/09/why-i-dont-like-mulk-raj-anands.html)       “Presumably, therefore, the fate of the English language in Asia is either to fade out or to survive as a pidgin language useful for business and […]

The Unprivate Lives of Authors

(Two linked columns, published in August/ September 2012 in the Business Standard.) The faint sense that Shashi Tharoor had been cloned by his publishing house last week was inescapable. There was Mr Tharoor at the launch of his own book, Pax Indica; presiding over the launch of Chetan Bhagat’s book; in conversation with several authors, […]

Column: A perforated history

(Published in the Business Standard, September 2012) “I was born in the city of Bombay…once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date.” And so Saleem Sinai tumbled into our lives, 32 years ago, bearing with him the excess of “intertwined lives events miracles places rumours” that made up […]

The Wildings: Reviews, in Junglee

(For The Wildings website, go here; to order a copy, go here.) Reviewer, hard at work. What the reviewers say: (Mostly) Ayes: “A few pages into Nilanjana Roy’s The Wildings, you’ll wish you had whiskers and could mew. The world as imagined by Roy in this remarkable debut is filled with marvels, not the least of which is the […]

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