Books

Literature’s Mighty Warrior: Kiran Nagarkar

One man I have believed who could facilely camouflage pathos with subtle quirky humour was Charlie Chaplin. I saw and heard Kiran Nagarkar at an event during the recently held Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai. And I found second such man. Nagarkar was there for a reading of his latest book, “Extras” a sequel to …

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Author, Actor, Reporter: Glamour

Our books, which are our principal vehicles of expression, can reach people through impersonal mechanisms. This is what makes the world of books so uniquely democratic and accessible. From the blog amitavghosh.com/blog/ dt. 6th Feb, 2012 ************ I’ll have no hiccups to rank ‘Mukhavata’ in the line of Dostoevsky and Marquez works, minus the sexual …

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On Writers and Publishers

“Writers and publishers must find new ways of retailing their wares,” said Amit Chaudhuri, author of the novel ‘Immortals’, short listed for the DSC Literature Award to be announced in Jaipur Book Festival next year in January 2011. He is not the first man to say so. Time and again, many have quoted the same …

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Mashaal and Shakti

While discussing about Mashaal and Shakti, I remember one of my friends mention an article on Anil Kapoor in Maharashtra Times. The charge d’affaires, Dinkar Gangal who had a photographic memory took care of the entertainment supplement and new writers alike with his undiminished gusto may remember it, till date. The title was something like …

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Reincarnation of Bhau Padhye, The Writer: Manu Joseph

I read ‘Serious Men’. So far I had been reading the excerpts that publishers permitted on different websites and elsewhere. Till then I perceived it to be a novel packed with humour and acute observation. For example, “…their proud breasts bounced, soft thighs shuddered at every step” or “…and their new jeans were so low …

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Slavery – The Book, Mahatma Phule, and Obama

Seldom have politicians of this country offered moments to appreciate them. In recent times it has been a dream. What a way to meet and welcome the head of the most powerful state in the world! First you beat the seeds out of the grain of the consul general of that powerful state when almost …

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Editing a Rickety Magazine

The excerpt from a forthcoming book written by an editor of a rickety house magazine as an edit containing his autobiography in a nutshell with a vote of thanks to ‘living-ins’ with a literary criticism describing the literary journey of lifetime inducted with philosophical thoughts in the style of Aristotle avowing you to keep the …

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Raj’s ‘Oratoria’

He is the replica of his paternal uncle, people say. Even his uncle said it time and again sarcastically, after parting ways. Raj Thackeray never replied to that. ‘I was thinking,’ he said in Kalyan Dombivli Mahanagar Palika (KDMP) election campaign speech, ‘before coming to this meeting, about what to wear? Any attire I dress …

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Stories of Usandus

In olden Hollywood westerns, a constant conflict prevailed between the cowboys and the sheriffs. The cowboy challenged to start with saying – ‘I am the 51 and you’re 49.’ At the end the sheriff would win and before he would shoot, the cowboy would accept – ‘No, you are the 51 and I am 49.’ On Sunday, …

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Train to ‘Hindu’stan…

‘Mukhavata’ and ‘Hindu-Pricey Junk of Living’ Juxtaposed! On 341st page of his novel, ‘Hindu’, Bhalchandra Namade quotes, “…napping modestly and yawning fearlessly we heard the Maharaj’s long talk…” It is ditto true for his hardbound copy of the 600+ page novel. Till you reach the above sentence, the novel forces you to writhe, yawn, sleep, and …

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