A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

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

Book Reviews

  • 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
  • Basics of Academic English
    By: A.L. Khanna

    Basics of Academic English, 1 and 2 By Deeptha Achar, Rajan Barett, Santosh Dash, Charul Jain, Sachin Ketkar and Aarati Mujumdar. Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi 2012, 2013 Price: Rs 70, Rs 85, pages:96,120   The set of Basics of Academic English, 1 and 2 are textbooks written for the Foundation Course in English under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) introduced for undergraduate students of... Read more
  • English Language Education in South Asia: From Policy to Pedagogy
    By: Shreesh Chaudhary

     Farrel, Lesley, Singh, Udaya Narayana & Giri, Ram Ashish (Eds., 2011) English Language Education in South Asia: From Policy to Pedagogy With a Foreword by Braj B Kachru, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press/Foundation Books, Pp. 291+xx, Price: Rs.760.00   Except sporadically India has never been one country ‘politically’. During various periods of its history, India has indicated, with some... Read more