Month: December 2005

  • Book Review: My Ear at his Heart

    My Ear At His Heart: Reading My FatherHanif KureishiFaber and FaberPOUNDS 3.99, 242 pages In 1989, Hanif Kureishi gave a talk in Calcutta. We were good little schoolgirls, utterly unprepared by a diet of Sharatchandra, Wordsworth and Steinbeck for his funky iconoclasm. Some of us had seen My Beautiful Laundrette ; most of us had […]

  • The BS Column: Dial B For Bestseller

    The author of a successful campus novel gets the plot of his second bestseller off a beautiful woman, whom he meets in a conveniently empty train compartment. The story she tells him is about six friends who work at a call-centre, and a night in their lives that changes everything. The resolution is provided by […]

  • Last Word: Tearing the Veil

    The banner around Miss Afghanistan’s waist is a reminder of her country, and also an insignia of exile. When Vida Samadzai entered the world’s most famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) beauty contest, she was breaking several taboos. Samadzai had left her country in 1996 to study in the US. She became […]