Month: October 2013

  • Booklove: Rajendra Yadav’s last joust

    Booklove: Rajendra Yadav’s last joust

    (Published in the Business Standard, October 30, 2013) In the 1990s, the heart of Indian publishing in English and Hindi could be mapped across Daryaganj. Rickety stairs, often half-rotted, led to establishments as varied as the Marwari Library, the old offices of Rupa & Co, Cambridge University Press, and Hans, the Hindi literary magazine that […]

  • Booklove: The Signature of All Things

    Booklove: The Signature of All Things

    (Published in the Business Standard, 22nd October, 2013) From The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859: “How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organisation to another part, and to the conditions of life, and of one distinct organic being to another being, been perfected?” By the time Darwin published the first […]

  • Booklove: Munro’s Ordinary People

    Booklove: Munro’s Ordinary People

      (Published in the Business Standard, Tuesday, October 15, 2013) You don’t have to be a woman to love Alice Munro’s writing, but it helps not to be an obnoxious, pompous, and usually male, twit. Exhibit A: Bret Easton Ellis, who grumbled that Munro was “always an over-rated” writer and that her Nobel literature win […]

  • Booklove: Pankaj Mishra and the True East

    Booklove: Pankaj Mishra and the True East

    (Published in the Business Standard, 11 October, 2013) Pankaj Mishra’s books, often debated, celebrated and contested, could be plotted on an atlas. Mishra chose to explore the small towns of India at a time when few, including the many who lived there, saw them as a proper subject; in his one work of fiction, The […]