A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Book Reviews

  • In Which Margaret Atwood Revisits Shakespeare’s Brave New World: A Review of Hag-Seed

    Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood Random House, 2016 Paperback ₹ 599 Kindle, pp 245, ₹ 274.86     A new Margaret Atwood book is always cause for much revelry in certain bibliophilic circles, and she never disappoints. The latest from the Atwood production line is a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Excuse the irreverence. It is only a homage to the masterful irreverence with which... Read more
  • Spoken English for my world

    Reviewed by: Kalyanee Rajan   Pillai, Sabina (2016). Spoken English for my world. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-946080-9 (Paperback) It is an established fact that LSRW are the four pillars of language learning. However, reading and writing skills are taught and evaluated throughout formal education, while listening and speaking receive relatively scarce attention. Lack of a... Read more
  • Second language teaching and learning with technology: Views of emergent researchers

    Reviewed by: Kamaldeep Kaur Thouesny, Sylvie & Bradley, Linda (2011). Second language teaching and learning with technology: Views of emergent researchers. Dublin: Research-publishing.net. ISBN13: 978-1-908416-00-1 (eBook) ISBN13: 978-1-908416-01-8 (print on demand) DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2011.9781908416001 Permalink: http://dx.doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2011.9781908416001 Technological advancement... Read more
  • Cultures of the indigenous: India and beyond
    By: Gautam Choubey

    Srivastava, Prem Kumari & Chawla, Gitanjali (Eds.) (2014). Cultures of the indigenous: India and beyond. New Delhi: Authors Press. (257 pages) ISBN 978-81-7273-923-2 (Hard Cover) The greatest challenge of projects such as Cultures of the Indigenous: India and Beyond is to disentangle the submerged indigenous from the dominant non-indigenous, and the local from the “glocal”, without losing... Read more
  • English and communication skills I
    By: Mukti Sanyal

    Shahnaaz, Tasneem, Savitha, C. & Rao, Cheryl (2015). English and communication skills I.  New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-50786-5 (Paperback) English and Communication Skills I has been commissioned to serve the needs and requirements of the Uttarakhand Technical Education Department. However, it can serve the needs of any young adult looking to improve their English... Read more
  • The Book of English: Listening and Speaking
    By: Veena Bhambhani

      Chakravarty, Falguni. (2014). The book of English: Listening and speaking, (Book 9 & Book 10). Delhi: Macmillan Publishers India Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 935059511-7 935059512-5 (Paperback)   This set of two books—The Book of English: Listening and Speaking, 9 & 10—complete with audio CDs is purported to support the prescribed curriculum for Listening and Speaking in CBSE schools. Each book... Read more
  • Memories of Cracks, Cracks of Memory
    By: Amit Ranjan

    The Occult by Naiyer Masud, tr. Muhammad Umar Memon. Penguin, 2013, Pp 240, Rs 399. ISBN-978-06-700869-9-3     Between fear and fervent desire Is a crack in the wooden door The voyeur watches with cold fire Only to augment dark desire A little more. In all the stories in Naiyer Masud’s  collection of short stories, The Occult, there is a hunter, a hunted and the voyeur. The voyeur could be the... Read more
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer)
    By: Gorvika

    LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Identities in Select Modern Indian Literature by Kuhu Sharma Chanana. Suryodoya Books, 2015, Pp 346, Rs 800 (library edition). ISBN-13: 978-81-925702-4-2     2015 can be called a historic year for the LGBT cause: Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote, India got its first transgender mayor from the Dalit... Read more
  • India and the World: Postcolonialism, Translation and Indian Literature
    By: T.C. Ghai

    Edited by Ruth Vanita Pencraft International, Delhi, 2014 pp. 275, Rs. 850.   The festschrift for Prof. Harish Trivedi, India and the World: Postcolonialism, Translation and Indian Literature is edited by his first PhD student, Ruth Vanita, Professor at University of Montana. Apart from his significant publications in the field of postcolonial literature and translation studies, Trivedi was... Read more
  • The Lives of Others
    By: Saloni Sharma

    by Neel Mukherjee Random House India, 2014. pp- 514, Rs. 599.   The problem with making it to the shortlist of an important award is forever thereafter being condemned to the ranks of the also-rans. Therefore, more than ever, after the announcement of the Man Booker Prize for 2014, it is crucial to look at the brilliance that Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others is. An epigraph to the novel... Read more