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and the romanticism of lonely struggles
by Andre Malraux. Rupa.
Pages 448. Rs 295.
originated largely out of Malraux’s travels in India and China in
1965. It shows his obsession with the bleak destiny of Western man,
here a repetition of the theme that he had taken up in his
masterpiece Man’s Fate. The answers to this obsession he
sought in art as well in his many experiences and discussions with
statesmen and artists around the world.
vision of Islam: A dream that turned sour
Darshan Singh Maini
GHALIB and Iqbal are
considered two of the greatest poets in the Urdu language, and my
aim is to show how in their idiom and vision the two remain divided,
Ghalib moving more in the orbit of personal contingencies and
circumstances, and Iqbal in that of wider, ideological
under the shadow of a curse
Curses in Ivory
by Anjana Basu. Harper Collins. Pages 422. Rs 295.
ONE can actually identify
the women in one’s own family with those portrayed by Anjana
Basu’s family saga, Curses in Ivory. The story is a
multi-layered, richly textured tale of three generations of women
who live under the shadow of an ancestral curse. The curse was cast
on Kamala and Upendra Kishore’s family because Kamala, blessed
with the beauty of "the Mother Goddess in
person`85unfortunately did not match him (Upendra Kishore) in
modernity" and would not unveil her face to open scrutiny.
Kipling’s ideology was easy to define…
Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Verse
Natraj Publishers, Dehra Dun. Pages 704. Rs 495.
THE ideology of Kipling, who
went from being a Freemason to being an imperialist, has always been
difficult to define. As a Freemason, the idea of a community undivided
into classes or sects was the ideal social order that Kipling was
attracted to. A secret bond that tied together ‘brothers’ following
higher principles of existence and working for the common good
war and the hyphenated self
A Twisted Cue
by Rohit Handa. Ravi Dayal, Delhi. Pages 434. Rs 450.
HERE the problem for the
novelist is to mingle love with war (perhaps like Hemingway). The
incongruence of such a mingling within the structure that the present
novel proffers is marked in the impossibly longish name of the main
character—Lieutenant-Colonel Quintin Reginald ‘Mulkally’
theory widens scope
Tej N. Dhar
Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and
edited by Amritjit Singh and Peter Schmidt. University of Mississippi
Press, 2000. Price: $26 (paperback); $50 (hardcover). Pages xx+471.
THOUGH post-colonial theory
came into its own only during the past two decades, it has already made
remarkable gains in its reach and influence. It started with providing a
reading strategy for the literatures of the erstwhile colonies, which,
in spite of differences in their provenance, bore common distinctive
markers because of the shared experience of colonialism.
The Silver Pilgrimage
by M. Anantanarayanan. Rupa, N. Delhi. Pages 156. Rs 150.
Jayasurya, heir-apparent to the
throne of Lanka, is young, strong and handsome. But what worries his
father, King Simha, is the youth’s lack of sensitivity. Jayasurya
feels that his wives are there to please and serve him. Their agonies
and deaths leave him cold. In fact, he considers them eminently
homogenous world of brand culture
D. R. Chaudhry
by Naomi Klein. Flamingo, London.
`A38.99. Pages XXI+490.
GLOBALISATION is a buzzword
these days. A lot many books have appeared on it and many more are in
the pipeline. However, the book under review by a young Canadian
journalist is an empirical work of a high order and it takes a reader on
a harrowing jaunt of the world of international companies and lays bare
with clinical precision their modus operandi that entails unimaginable
profits for them and unspeakable misery for the workers in the Third