Tag: women writers

  • Speaking Volumes: The Lives of Women

    Speaking Volumes: The Lives of Women

    As recently as 2005, you could search for writings by women on their creative lives that mapped their younger selves too and come up near empty-handed. I remember picking up The Paris Review’s Latin American Writers at Work, published in 2003, and feeling the cold wind of exclusion. Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Julio Cortazar, […]

  • Writers on writing

    Erica Jong, writing in 1988: “Perhaps the literary artist is born like a woman with all her eggs present in their follicles; they have only to ripen and burst forth -and ripeness is all. But sometimes it takes half a lifetime for them to ripen.” Susan Sontag in 1961: “The writer must be four people: […]

  • The Books Column: A charpai of her own-Ismat Chughtai

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 2012.) What would you do if you were a young Indian woman reader looking for inspiration in the lives of other writers? Would you look to Jane Austen, trapped in a tiny corner of the English countryside, using her wit to create epics on two inches of ivory? To […]

  • The BS column: The Brothers (and Sisters) Grimm

    (Published in the Business Standard, March 2012.)They were the best of stories, they were the scariest of stories, told in an age of wisdom, forgotten in an age of foolishness, collected in an epoch of belief, rewritten in an epoch of incredulity. 2012 may be Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, but it also marks another great storytelling […]

  • Rants and nymphomaniac kutiyas

    I’m reading university vice-chancellor Vibhuti Narain Rai’s deeply sexist comments on women writers: “There is a race among women writers to demonstrate who is the greatest prostitute”, “feminist discourse has reduced to a grand celebration of infidelity”. (More here: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Textual-violence/654764) He’s under pressure to resign now, with women writers (including the redoubtable Krishna Sobti) and […]

  • The BS Column: The Orange, juiced

    (Published in the Business Standard, May 19, 2009) Hiroshima, Alzheimer’s, a racist 1931 rape trial, an inventor on the verge of a love affair, a pastor on the verge of death. Nothing in these themes or these characters indicates the gender of the author of the novels in which they appear, and this is where […]