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Man Booker International Prize 2007

June 30, 2007

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 CHINUA ACHEBE                                               (courtesy: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski) Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist, was awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2007. He surpassed the nominees like Margaret Atwood, Dorris Lessing, Michael Ondaatje, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie. The judging panel consisted of Elaine Showalter, Nadine Gordimer and Colm Tóibin. This prize is an international literary award given every two […]

Knighthood – the title of ‘Sir’

June 29, 2007

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Salman Rushdie, the controversial author, had been knighted earlier this month. This decision had incited protests in some parts of Muslim world but the judges of the Man Booker International Prize have condemned this attack. They have said that the “appalling reaction” has threatened “the principle of freedom of expression as a basic tenet of justice”. The concept of knighthood goes […]

‘The Good Earth’ by Pearl S. Buck

June 27, 2007

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The main character of the novel ‘The Good Earth’ is Wang Lung, a poor peasant farmer. He marries a slave. And after that he gradually rises from being a poor, humble farmer to being a wealthy, landowner. Having support of his faithful wife he multiplied his wealth. His faith in the capacity of the good earth. The novel begins […]

Pearl S. Buck

June 26, 2007

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Pearl S. Buck was born on this day, that is, June 26 in 1892. She was a prolific writer. Her father was a missionary. She was born in West Virginia but her family was sent to China when she was three months old. Buck began writing in 1930 and her first publication was ‘East Wind:West Wind’. She […]

Characters of R.K. Narayan

June 23, 2007

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The novel ‘The English Teacher’ by R.K.Narayan is autobiographical. The protagonist of this novel Krishna is a lecturer in English at the Albert Mission college. Earlier he had enjoyed many years of bachelorhood but later his wife and child move in with him. Later one day his wife, Susila is taken ill with typhoid and […]

R.K. Narayan

June 21, 2007

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R.K. Narayan, one of the most celebrated Indo-English writers, was born in 1906 in Madras. He graduated from Maharaja College, Mysore in 1930. His father was a humble school teacher and had a large family to support, so Narayan had to contribute to the family income soon after his graduation. He tried several jobs but […]

We have no time to stand and stare

June 17, 2007

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How many of us ever spare a minute to glance at the clouds changing their shapes? Sit in the moonlight for a while? Keep a pot of water in the garden for the birds? There would be a selected few who would answer in an affirmative. While watching clouds once, I gave it a thought […]