Marathi Literature

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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Abhinay Deo: Daring Adman, Filmmaker and a Marathi Manoos

I have loved Marathi culture and the Marathi art – literature, theatre, cinema, et al. However, lately I have ended up frustrated watching Bharat Jadhav, Makarand Anaspure movies. PuLa’s humour of yesteryears still makes me laugh but no art form of recent times has brought a smile to me. A judge on Fu Bai Fu …

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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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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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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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