Month: April 2009

  • 41 Indian Writers in Translation

    Amit Chaudhuri on Indian writing, from The Guardian: “As to the writers from the more troubled regions outside the metropolitan suburbs in which English alone was spoken, you could see, if you scratched the surface of their slightly bureaucratic veneer, that they possessed an eclecticism of taste and literary predilections, a formal curiosity, as well […]

  • The BS Column: Zombies versus Churails

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 27, 2009) Pride and Prejudice with Zombies is like Gone with the Wind with vampires—an idea so simple in its brilliance and so obvious that you wonder why no one’s thought of it before. There isn’t—yet—an enterprising author who’s added fangs to Rhett Butler (and copyright forbids it), but […]

  • Can you feel the fear tonight?

    Leo Babauta blogs on Zen Habits. Susan Jeffers is the author of a book called Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. They haven’t been introduced, but… here’s Leo’s story. “Today I received an email from the lawyers of author Susan Jeffers, PhD., notifying me that I’d infringed on her trademark by inadvertently using the […]

  • The BS Column: "Madness is the key to everything"

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 2009)Writers collect rejection slips all the time, but few have been as emphatic as the one that accompanied the manuscript of a novel by J G Ballard in 1972: “The author of this book is beyond psychiatric help.” Ballard’s Crash was published in 1973 and became an object of […]

  • The BS column: Personal Histories

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 13, 2009) Ben Okri referred once to the older generation—in any time, of any place—as “libraries on fire”. In modern India, the stories these “libraries” contained often went up in metaphorical smoke: of all the things we were forbidden to write about, the family was the most taboo. For […]

  • Torn condoms and cabinets of wonders

    I know a dozen people who hate Karan Mahajan, for good reason: he’s bright, articulate, very funny and Family Planning, his first book, looks like a rare example of a decent Delhi novel. (Attempts to write the Great Bombay Novel outnumber attempts to write even the Really Not Half Bad Delhi Novel ten-to-one.) All this, […]

  • The BS column: A Book of Verse, and Thou

    (Published in the Business Standard, 6th April 2009) What connects an 11th century Persian mathematician, a 19th century English eccentric, poets such as Rupert Brooke and Algernon Charles Swinburne, and a 21st century Iranian translator and book-lover? The book the world knows as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The […]