Month: August 2008

  • Speaking Volumes: The Gulag’s Lonely Voice

    (For the Business Standard, August 3, 2008; my small tribute to the man.) For Alexander Solzhenitsyn to die a normal death, of a heart attack in his autumn years, was no small achievement. The Nobel Prize winner survived the Second World War, where he earned two decorations. In 1945, his ribbons and gongs didn’t prevent […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Oh, the places that you’ll go

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 29, 2008) At 84, Charing Cross Road, just a brass plaque commemorates the place where Marks & Co sold secondhand books, most notably to Helene Hanff. Devotees of the book still make the pilgrimage to see the plaque, undeterred by the demise of literature’s best-loved bookshop. Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Batman’s Long Reign

    (For the Business Standard, July 22, 2008. I’m slightly exasperated with this column; it was an attempt to pack a lot of stuff into the 800-word space, and it reads like a floppy introduction to a longer but unwritten piece. For a much more detailed and acute take on The Joker, read Joseph Kugelmass’ essay […]

  • Book review: Something To Tell You

    (I don’t review books published in India for reasons of conflict of interest, and enjoyed the break for a while. When this came my way, though, I realised how much I’d missed it.) Something To Tell YouHanif KureishiFaber & Faber,Rs 495, 345 pagesISBN 978-0-571-23874-3 There’s a certain kind of writer who should be allowed to […]