Category Archives: Literature

For The Greater Good

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN I first heard about Hans Rosling,  MD, PhD, from my colleague Maria Sandberg, PhD, at Karlstad University [Sweden], when I was assisting her in a first-year course in Environmental Technology. Rosling’s ‘baby’ — GapMinder — was to be introduced to students, the purpose being exactly the same which Rosling pursued for most of […]

Of Lyricism & Sensibility

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth got together and published Lyrical Ballads, with A Few Other Poems, in an edition of 500 copies, over 210+ years ago? The whole idea was exciting, all right. But, it wasn’t a tizzy, earth-shattering event, really. Rather, it was a humble beginning. Yet, beneath the surface it […]

The Tao Of Life

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN Systems View of Life is a sublimely coherent book: from start to finish. It has 18 chapters that comprise of four sections that enlighten, educate and exhort the reader to change their way of thinking, and therefore, their deeds in the years to come, from a validated, high-point scientific base, juxtaposed and bolstered by a cogent, also perceptive, […]

15 Years Of Brick Lane

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR The Booker Prize has often thrown surprises — sometimes, with good intent; sometimes, without rationale. If Arundhati Roy’s brilliant novel, The God of Small Things, was chosen with agreeable objectivity, Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, a modest novel, characterised the exact ‘archetype’ of the not agreeable. However, like it or not, Booker is Booker — […]

Oh, Jesus!

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN I just finished reading Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, yet again. The term, ‘Scoundrel Christ,’ would make most devout Christians, as also others, recoil in anger, as it did when Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, the book, and not the movie, was launched — more so, in India. Well, the […]

Tell Me Why

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA You and I, Are born to die Then why the fear Why, why, oh why? A number of things are waiting to be cherished Clutch on to them, or they’d perish Come on, buck up. Pull up your socks Stop mourning, or you’d be mocked. You are the rainbow of someone’s skies You […]

The Colourfree Party

HELEN FINCH It was Mo’s birthday.  She was going to be having a party after school. Some of Mo’s friends were coming but her friend Jez had refused. Mo couldn’t understand why?  He was her best friend and she was upset. “I don’t think Jez likes me anymore,” she said sadly at breakfast. Mum tried […]

10 ‘Best’ Books Of The Last Century

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Books have a definite purpose. Hence, quite distinct perceptions, or readership outlines — of a decorum exclusively restricted to the realm of the tangible, not to speak of literary ornamentation. The world of books, like writing per se, is quite simply, the pursuit of two essentialities — intellect and substance in scaffolds and words. […]