Daruwalla has written an entire volume of stories on islands. The stories extend to looking at people as islands spread across this world. The first story Island Sermon involves a nameless narrator who is visiting India to see a hermit and has certain fixed notions about what constitutes a good story. The swami reveals self-destructive tendencies and suffers from dementia. Further into the story, the inner ramblings of the mind are revealed—‘I have been obsessed with islands, their solitary existence, the way they cope with themselves.
You know that a discipline has come of age when academics and practitioners talk the same talk. They discuss approaches and strategies to and of their common area of interest, and find that they are actually on the same page and not at the extreme ends of the spectrum.
As a narrative which relies on photographs to communicate, The Camera as Witness is a remarkable book of history. Possibly one of the first academic history writings of its kind on North East India, it traces the history of Mizoram from the colonial to the contemporary times.
Jürgen Habermas has been a sine qua non social theorist of contemporary times. Habermasian political theory is one of the critical/crucial defences of modernity in the era of absolute subjectivism and sheer positivism. Habermas defies time and space. His ‘universal’ is eternal and location free.