Readers not yet familiar with Peter Robb’s corpus will find this double collection of his theoretical and historical essays a useful introduction to the major themes and methods that have dominated his work for over two decades. From the groundbreaking programmatic text, ‘Law and Agrarian Society in India: The Case of Bihar and the Nineteenth-century Tenancy Debate’
Any historical account of modern UP has to inevitably confront the question: Is there still a need for yet another work on UP? Haven’t all the things worth saying already been said about the polity, economy and society of UP in the 20th century? For an exhaustive answer to the question readers are advised to go through Region,
Sivakami’s first novel Pazhiyana Kazhidalum was published in Tamil in 1989. It was the first novel by a dalit woman writer in Tamil. Although Bama is a more familiar name to non-Tamil readers, Sivakami is a highly respected writer in Tamil Nadu. Her first novel was a milestone in Tamil literary domain.
Perhaps it is inevitable that anthologies on Goa always tend to sound like they are addressed and written for an ‘outside’ world, an outside that can be found close to home, on Goa’s beachfront. Any region that in popular stereotype is ‘not like India’ is in danger of being condemned to permanent ethnography,
This exotically produced hardback is the kind of book one would not wish to waste much papyrus on. Filled with large size colour pictures of erotic art, presumably done in the miniature art format of the Mughal and Rajasthani schools, the reader-spectator who wishes for more academic information is left clueless about the time of composition and the regions to which these belong (there is only a list of collections from which these have been taken on p. 189).
Chaturvedi Badrinath’s The Mahabharata: An Inquiry in the Human Condition does what it promises in that it enquires into who we are and elicits ways in which the Mahabharata suggests that we might be better or, understand ourselves and our place in this world better.
The poster, by its very definition, is an ephemeral product, and has only recently acquired the status of popular art. Tracing its history in a long essay entitled ‘Posters: Advertisement, Art, Political Artifact, Commodity’, Susan Sontag differentiates between the political poster and that used for advertising and attracting consumers to particular goods.
Inspired by A.K. Ramanujan’s essay ‘Food for thought’, the present anthology of South Asian Food Writing was whipped up to respond in part to fulfil his desire for a more diachronic study of food discourse though not trying to provide ‘the social history’ that he craved for.
Samrat Upadhyay, a Nepali author who went to the US at the age of 21 and who has been living there ever since, first studying and then teaching creative writing at various universities, hit big on the international literary scene with his debut Arresting God in Kathmandu, in 2001.