A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

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

Book Reviews

  • 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
  • Untouchable God
    By: Preeti Gupta Dewan

    Ilaiah, Kancha (2013). Untouchable God. Kolkata: Stree-samya Publishers.ISBN: 978-81-85604-33-6Pp. 248, Rs 350/- Dalit social scientist Kancha Ilaiah fires yet another salvo against Brahminical Hinduism from his armoury, this time in the form of a novel titled Untouchable God. The novel lacks an engaging narrative and focuses instead on the creation of the caricatured portraits of six Brahmins—... Read more
  • Talking about Detective Fiction
    By: Shilpy Malhotra

    James, P.D. (2009). Talking  about detective fiction. London:  Faber & Faber.  ISBN 978-0-571-25355-5 Pp-159, Rs. 399/- Talking About Detective Fiction, as one would expect of any work by P.D. James, is at once engaging, easy to read and informative. It covers a wide range of works of detective fiction; beginning with an analysis of nineteenth century fiction (which had strong elements of... Read more
  • Politics of Visuals in decoding Visual Culture
    By: Gorvika

    By Richard Howells & Joaquim Negreiros. Visual Culture. 2012, 2nd edition. Cambridge, Polity Press. Pp 346, Price: Rs 1752 (paperback) ISBN-10: 0745650708 ISBN-13: 978-0745650708   Our world is full of images, pictures and visuals. We see them daily, on roads, in museums, on TV, in films etc. Have we ever thought what do they mean? How they are affecting us?  Are they as innocent as they... Read more