Month: October 2005

  • The BS Column: The Colour of Magick

    (Published in Speaking Volumes, the Business Standard, October 4, 2005) One of the perks of my job is that I can return to the surreptitious pleasure of reading “kid lit” with my halo intact: of course I’m not enjoying reading about dragons and novice girl magicians, this is hard work. (Heh!) The children’s titles that […]

  • Last Word: The ostrich approach

    (Published in The Kolkata Telegraph, September 2005) Once upon a time, there was a young man who decided to do something special for the woman he loved. That night, he stood outside her window and serenaded her with a violin concerto. He played so well, she and her family came out and applauded. The next […]

  • The BS Column: (Contra) banned

    It’s fitting that the Calcutta High Court lifted the ban on Taslima Nasreen’s Dwikhondita on the same day that Banned Books Week was kicked off in the US. Banned Books Week, the brainchild of the American Library Association, is an annual event that draws attention to freedom of speech issues. In the US, book bans […]

  • Free speech and IIPM

    For the background to this post, please read this. Or consider this. A youth magazine runs a standard feature checking out the very tall claims made by an institute that offers high-priced management degrees. The claims don’t check out; the magazine prints its findings. The institute sues the magazine. It sues the magazine’s editor. Vicious […]

  • IIPM and Gaurav Sabnis: the background

    Many of you in the Indian blogosphere already know what’s been happening with Gaurav Sabnis, Rashmi Bansal and IIPM. For those of you who don’t, Amit Varma has a summary at India Uncut. Otherwise, here’s a brief rundown on what happened: The background It started off innocuously. JAM Mag, aimed at teenagers and college students, […]

  • And the winner is..Banville?

    I’m sorry, but I have to agree with Tibor Fischer’s opinion of The Sea: “A lot of lovely language but no novel,” he wrote in his review. According to The Guardian, John Sutherland, chairman of the Booker jury, broke a deadlock between Banville and Ishiguro by casting his vote for the Irish writer.In another year, […]

  • Waiting for Booker

    In the last few hours of breathless anticipation and gossip before the Booker Prize announcement is made, I’m guessing this is what it feels like to be a Nominee: CONTENDER ONE (feted novelist, but first-time nominee suffering from pre-Booker nerves): (giving up) Nothing to be done. CONTENDER TWO (shortlist veteran, never won the prize yet): […]

  • The loneliness of the long distance reader

    Lynne Freed does a lovely piece on ‘Reading, Writing and Leaving Home’: “What I did take on faith in this story [The Water Babies], however-and in so many other stories fed to South African children when I was growing up-was that, contrary to what was true in my world, small white boys could be made […]

  • Pankaj on Rushdie

    Pankaj Mishra does a nice job in the NYRB of separating what Rushdie meant to do with Shalimar from what he actually did. Read the whole essay here: “The fictional world created by Shalimar the Clown also often resembles the slick, swift virtual reality of a video game or TV commercial. Nevertheless, Rushdie’s political engagement […]

  • Things I should’ve linked to…

    …much, much earlier. Prospect’s poll on the world’s top public intellectuals. The CJR interview with Suketu Mehta: “I was a messenger between worlds. My currency was really stories.When you go into the trains of Bombay, it’s like an Arabian Nights of stories. Everybody is telling the most incredible stories, real, unreal, surreal. So all you […]