Literature

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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Can Reading Habits Be Changed?

Doing away the dander of sycophancy, Loksatta, the largest Marathi daily has finally come out to peoples’ provisos. Recently, a daily published a survey in its Sunday edition, regarding the habits of reading, asking the opinions of library heads from different regions of Maharashtra. The libraries have survived for about a hundred years. Hence the …

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

“Who’s afraid of living life without false illusions?” Edward Albee wrote this when he started his play – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In fact, it’s the story of a vacuum in the life of a childless couple. It reveals paranoid shape of the deportment of women in fifties in a Sunday midnight party that …

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Habitual Melancholy of Worrying about Marathi

In one of the novels, by Marquez, a child was born with eyes wide open. In my late thirties when I read the novel, I asked my mother, whether I was born with eyes wide open. I asked my grandmother, all my aunts from mother’s and father’s sides whether that can be true. (Many of …

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In Praise of Gutsy Smita Talwalkar

Talwalkars opened their third branch in mid-seventies, next to a building near Citilight cinema in Matunga, a stone’s throw away from Shivaji Park. Avinash, one of the brothers, was in charge of the branch. Pathare, a masculine looking but soft spoken man who resembled Omar Sharif and who established his own modest chain of gyms …

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Exploring Tradition and a New Culture

These boys have never visited any place like Lal Mahal, Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. They can’t speak a single language properly. They do not care for past or future. They are obsessed with the present. And I like that. They don’t respect the people they don’t know or they haven’t heard of. The …

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Acharya Atre: A Fighter Journalist

Circa 1958. Vengurla was a taluka (tehsil). One secondary school and three primary schools adorned the town then. Distant villages around had a few primary schools. The educational standard was good. There was a hospital (St Luke’s hospital) run by American missionaries popularly known as Batyache hospital in Vengurla where American surgeons stayed and worked as doctors. …

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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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