Month: June 2004

  • More reviews: Transmission, Hungry Tide

    Dirda seems to have liked Transmission–for those of you in Delhi, Hari Kunzru’s in conversation about the book at the British Council on Wednesday evening–in a slightly baffled way: “Like most people, I understand next to nothing about the arcana of computer programming. I also possess only the fuzziest conceptions — misconceptions, more likely — […]

  • He’s been waiting for the phone to ring…

    The Babu watched Bowling for Columbine thrice; he’s waiting for Fahrenheit 9/11 to reach India; he even buys the man’s books, sometimes. But Michael Moore, you do not a) steal a Very Famous Book Title and b) make Ray Bradbury wait six months for you to call back. That is just plain rude.

  • Killing me softly

    The Babu stopped taking his partner out to poetry readings because two things would inevitably happen: a) the partner would go off to sleep in self-defense as someone mangled already mutilated verse b) the partner would chortle happily, under the impression that the comic effect of the verse we were being subjected to was intentional, […]

  • Kilaq Kanth? Baroze Bannerjee?

    Move over Peter Parker; Pavitr Prabhakar’s on his way. As Spiderman dons a dhoti (even sillier than Superman’s undies-inside-out look, and I’d have said a kurta-churidar combo would have given him more leg room) and goes desi, you have to wonder who’s next. Clark Kent, meet Kilaq Kanth; Bruce Wayne could be a bumbling Bong […]

  • The IMPAC…

    …passed us by, sorry. But Moorishgirl has good coverage. Scroll down to her June 17 post; she even offers a link to winner Tahar Ben Jellou’s website.

  • Shoots Truss and Leaves

    If you’re going to criticise Lynn Truss and her apparently misguiding punctuation guide, the New Yorker’s Louis Menand shows you how to go about it. “The preface, by Truss, includes a misplaced apostrophe (“printers’ marks”) and two misused semicolons: one that separates unpunctuated items in a list and one that sets off a dependent clause. […]

  • Mustapha Kemal Bonaparte?

    Geraldine Bedell on Louis De Berniere’s new book: “[It] is, pretty obviously, an attempt at a modern War and Peace, with Kemal Ataturk standing in for Napoleon. It is perfectly possible that it won’t sell as well as Captain Corelli. It’s very long, the Turkish names look more forbidding than the Greek, the history and […]

  • So you’ve written a book? Ha!

    Step One: Welcome to the e-slush pile Jeffrey Trachtenberg on why you’re unlikely–yet–to find an editor over email. “News Corp.’s HarperCollins Publishers, for instance, accepts e-mail pitches on its romance Web site — and gets a mind-numbing 10,000 online queries annually. “We’re starting to get them from other countries, sometimes in broken English,” says Morrow/Avon […]

  • The Babu was going to make up some specious reason for not being able to blog this week (ill health, the dog ate my keyboard, aliens held me hostage–no actually, they had scary probes and highpitched voices and an ability to make you do strange perverted things like *shudder* work, so they must have been […]

  • Krishna Dutta raises a contentious point in her review of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide: “But Ghosh endeavours to make his story accessible to a readership who will not recognise a host of cultural references. In familiar contexts, this works well, but with the unusual it becomes tricky. When an everyday Indian object such as […]