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  It’s been almost seven decades since the Second World War ended, but human destruction and violence have continued unabated in various corners of the world. The cold war has long ended but people are still fighting and killing each other every day. So much for a civilized world; in the light of such atrocities, does an International Day of Peace really make a difference? While you can ponder over that question, we go down history lane to find out how the ...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
To the homes and to the pandals To the streets and to the palaces For the poor and for the rich Here I come, here I come   To lighten your lives and brighten your minds To forgive your sins of the days gone behind So light up your streets and decorate your walls Give me a jig and sing me some songs   Offer me sweets, offer me some prayers I vow that I will be your problem slayer To be back again with you year by year Here I come, here I come  ...
Post by: Madhu Nair
   Who is a hero?  What makes a superhero? What if you had all the superpowers but just had no purpose in using them (think Hancock)? What if you did use them but it amounted to nothing (like the Hindsight Lad)? More than the word “super”, the weight lies on the word “hero”. Trying to define a hero has been a favourite pastime of the media, general public and comic book artists. The more you search for a hero chances are that you...
Post by: Pratheesh Nair
Verghese Kurien passed away at the ripe age of 90 on 9th September 2012, having long sealed his presence in Indian history. For Kurien was the one who started a fire and a big fire for sure. Kurien spearheaded Amul, the largest cooperative movement to produce and sell milk in the post-independence years. His work ensured that millions of people were elevated from poverty to self-sufficiency. Kurien then replicated the same model as the chairman of National Dairy Deve...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  Now, how often do you read authors on the eve of their 150th birth anniversary? Well, we are still reading O.Henry, voraciously.    William Sydney Porter was born on September 11, 1862, a date now synonymous with an overpowering act of violence. It is not known for certain when Porter started using the pen name: O.Henry. It is generally agreed among biographers that the first story under the pseudonym appeared when he was serving a jail term for emb...
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  The two poets mentioned in the headline represent different writing styles, geographies and timelines. Take the extremely reclusive Arun Kolatkar (1932 -2004), who wrote in Marathi and English with equal bite, started as an artist and then earned his living as a graphic designer. Satirical, sour and humorous, Kolatkar was a keen observer and a master creator of imagery. Here is one of his poems, from his famous 1977 collection - Jejuri: The Butterfly Ther...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  This week we celebrate poetry and poets on BookChums, and on the discovery of my status as a published poet, I have been asked to present some of my stuff in one of the blogs. While I received the request with a masked carelessness, I must confess it excites me to the point to delirium to type these words. After all poetry is an exclusive art form, as we pseudo-humble poets like to believe.   This is how I see it. Poetry is the koel’s song, uttered...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  A journalist, former drug-addict, TV regular and primarily an author, the 1961-born British writer Will Self has nine novels, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction and short stories to his credit. Self's writing style borders on the cynical, he has his satire; can be exaggerated and distorted at times. Self is back in the limelight with his 2012 novel Umbrella, long listed for the 2012 Booker.   The story goes like this. Somewhere at a menta...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
It has been quite a journey for Nicola Barker. The 46 year-old writer has been nominated in the Man Booker 2012 longlist for her 9th novel The Yips. Having already established her reputation as a cult novelist, Barker has been previously nominated for the Man Booker. The complex 2007 novel Darkmans was the book in the spotlight then. One look at the story, and we know why 'The Yips' can't  just be ignored.   The reference in the title 'The Yips' is to a dis...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
It was Day 1 at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. The chill and heaviness in the air could not be ignored but failed in dampening the mood of the attendees at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. With discussions by such lovely authors, and book readings simultaneously happening at five different venues, book lovers like me were enthusiastic, immersed in soaking themselves in the sea of words and the beautiful worlds they created. I was attending Exile on Main Street: Chang...
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