Month: March 2006

  • April: Month of the Kitab

    Just a quick note to remind everyone that April isn’t always the cruellest month. Kiran Nagarkar’s God’s Little Soldier will be launched on April 7 in Delhi at The Park; he’s also giving a talk the next day at Crossword’s bookshop in Gurgaon. Irwin Allan Sealy’s Red will also be launched later this month. The […]

  • Needed: Martyn Goff

    It’s a terrible confession to make, but the judging–at least in the English fiction section of the Crosswords–went off smoothly. Geeta Doctor, bless her heart, wanted more squirmishes, but much to our dismay, Mukund, Geeta and I ended up agreeing on most things. I do think there’d have been much more debate if more books […]

  • Crossword, Salam, Man Asian

    So the Crosswords ceremony was a finer, shorter, better thing this year than before, though I’d still say they’re missing out on the opportunity to turn the writing awards into a mini-literary festival. Suketu Mehta (Maximum City won in the English non-fiction category) gave good speech and was duly Page 3’ed by everyone. Salman Rushdie […]

  • Marilyn, waffles and writing

    I want to meet Lawrence Biemiller. Any man who can find inspiration for a piece on writing and memory in a Waffle House is welcome to come down and do a theory of semiotics derived from Delhi’s dhabas. When I gave the waitress my order — Fiesta omelet, hash browns instead of grits — she […]

  • Lobster Quadrille

    How pleasant to see a departure from the Brown Man Review Brown Book rule; here, Pankaj Mishra gets to review David Foster Wallace’s Consider The Lobster for The NYT: Writing in the late 1920’s, Musil recalled a recently superseded culture in which greatness “was exemplified by a person whose courage was moral courage, whose strength […]

  • God’s Little Soldier: Kiran Nagarkar

    Kiran Nagarkar tells The Hindu about his new book, God’s Little Soldier: The premise of the book, he says, is to challenge the public perception that terrorists are “madrassa boys”, who are depicted sitting, swaying back and forth learning the Koran or the Hadith. “My premise is that some of them don’t come from that […]

  • Iyer Ground

    Pico Iyer on the slow demise of Implication: As he grew up, Implication found himself running with a not very fast crowd — Irony, Irreverence, Adoration, Poetry. They all got together, though they came from different worlds, in unlit places away from the main streets. Passersby would hear a snatch of music, and then there’d […]

  • How to write about Africa

    From Granta 92: The View From Africa: John Ryle: The mistake is to generalize. The very word Africa—that sonorous trisyllable—seems to invite grandiloquence. Because the continent has a clear geographical unity it is tempting to hold forth about it. Cecil Rhodes wanted to colour everything imperial red from the Cape to Cairo; since then the […]

  • The "non" in "non-fiction"

    In the CJR, Samuel G Freedman asks for a little less exercising of the imagination in non-fiction: Fiction isn’t the spackle you use to fill in the cracks of your research. Fiction and nonfiction make fundamentally different compacts with a reader and are held to fundamentally different standards. In return for the freedom to invent, […]

  • Crash, trash, what’s the difference?

    Annie Proulx goes to the Oscars: On the sidewalk stood hordes of the righteous, some leaning forward like wind-bent grasses, the better to deliver their imprecations against gays and fags to the open windows of the limos – the windows open by order of the security people – creeping toward the Kodak Theater for the […]