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Book Review: Saeed Mirza’s ‘Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother’

By VM Girija
Saeed Mirza’s autobiographical novel infuses life to the beautiful image of an intelligent and deeply emotional woman, who represents changing India. As she lived in the Nehruvian India, she had internalised all those democratic and secular values.

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Book Review: Jeet Thayil’s ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’

By Suranjana Choudhury
Dismas Bambai working with Indian Angle, a seedy news agency in New York, plays the interviewer, interlocutor, interrupter in Newton’s life. Newton Xavier is his subject. Through this venture, Dismas both creates and disrupts fictional illusions. He accumulates Newton’s childhood, his growth as an artist, his obsessive association with suicide, his whims and his desires.

Book Review: Amitava Kumar’s ‘The Lovers’

By Suranjana Choudhury
The novel is a tapestry of various texts woven around the lives of the other characters through the teasing, playful voice of the author-narrator. With anecdotes, excerpts from other books, interviews, clandestine letters, overlapping memories, Kumar lucidly builds this very exciting narrative.

Book Review: Torsa Ghosal’s ‘Open Couplets’

By Sourya Chowdhury
Ghosal’s novel uses the quest motif as a catalyst. The main plot revolves around ethnographer Ira Chatterjee embarking on parallel journeys to locate two very different artists. However, it is difficult to sum up a work that relies so heavily on the reader’s participation; the text is ingrained in a postmodern universe where meaning is always contingent and protean.

An Interview with author, Sutapa Basu

By Lopa Banerjee
The protagonist is fighting many demons at different levels. She is a victim of repressed sexuality; she is paranoid and believes she being attacked; her love-hate relationship with her elder sister troubles her; marriage makes her angry and so on. But she is blessed with emotional strength and a never-say-die attitude.

A decade of reading Latin America – I

By Bhupinder Singh
Latin American literature is like the Amazon River, massive in its expanse and meandering across many thematic streams. The most well-known of these is its association with magical realism and what has come to be called the “dictatorship novels.”

Analyzing the Feminine Identity in Jane Austen’s Society

By Lopa Banerjee
Constructing a vivid picture of the ‘women’s culture’ that Austen herself was surrounded by, Kaplan directs us towards a central question: “What made it possible for Jane Austen to write?” Seeking an answer to this question, she illustrates the contemporary female friendships that represented the socio-cultural context of Austen’s novels.