The Man Behind the Image: The Buddha in books

The Buddha lived amidst turbulences, of religious fundamentalism, social intolerance, political turmoil, and of fierce commercial rivalry. He rejected the comfort of royalty and the cushion of Vedic philosophy. And after standing face to face with truth preached detachment and compassion. He is, in short, a man for our times. Siddhartha Dey traces his own... Continue Reading →

    William Shakespeare was born on 23rd April, 1564. He is considered as the greatest writer in English language. As an actor, poet and playwright he lived a checkered life and was at the height of his popularity during his lifetime. Memes, which are the most popular phenomena in current social media, want to... Continue Reading →

Fahrenheit 451: Funeral of Books

"Fahrenheit 451", writes Ray Bradbury "(is) the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns..." A Promethean gift which brought knowledge into this world, can also undo it. To save knowledge from the tongues of fire, we must seek a modern Prometheus. Sayanti Mukherjee anticipates that coming...   When a child, I was first... Continue Reading →

The Adivasi Will Not Dance, why should he?

It has been the busiest novel of our times. From the moment of its publication Hansda Sowvendra Sekhar's THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE was fighting an unreasonable ban imposed on it by the Jharkhand Government, excavating voices long buried deep under the political tantrums and tickling readers to dance until they stop being 'dunces'.  Sudip... Continue Reading →

Another Jesus, Another Story

"Having invented God", Saramago writes "we immediately became his slaves". The Gospel according to Jesus Christ is at once a visceral take on institutional Christianity and also an effort to provide insight into the "mysterious" acts of the Lord. Supratik Ray read this bold, bawdy and beautiful retelling of The New Testament and shares his... Continue Reading →

'Contemporary poetry' is a misnomer. Poetry of one age does not cease to be so for another age. True poetry stretches itself beyond the charts of time. As it never withers, the poets are blessed with perpetual youth. Old poets visit us through new faces. They sing old ballads in new rhymes. And then we... Continue Reading →

A Flower that Withers Not

"The rose", wrote Umberto Eco, "is a symbolic figure so rich in meanings that by now it hardly has any meaning left". The NAME OF THE ROSE, likewise, is a book on both everything and nothing. Rolling historical novel, murder mystery, metafiction, philosophical novel all into one, Eco's classic work is ultimately a profound meditation... Continue Reading →

Today on International Women's Day, two members of our reading club lists some of the memorable women they have met in the pages: TANMOY BISWAS's list: Inspirations: Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair, Thackeray) ) & Arabella Donn (Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy) Climber. Up to better life, materialistic gains and new man who would satiate her... Continue Reading →

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