Responsibilities of Fiction Readers
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Responsibilities of Fiction Readers

By default, a person is compelled to grow up understanding certain things about literature produced in English language – Shakespeare was the greatest ever dramatist; Wordsworth was the greatest poet and can only be put next to Shakespeare; Dickens was the greatest ever novelist in English language; there did not happen such case that any essayist could excel Francis Bacon in essay writing and so on… the list is endless and we are cowed by those. We have to accept without any opportunity for us to register our protest. We are told such things in such way and if our taste betrays the facts stuffed in our minds, we are said to have a ‘bad taste’ for literature. Isn’t it true? Read more

American Maharajah - book review
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American Maharajah – book review

Mark Stephen Levy has been a regular tourist to India and he has written a novel in the past as well. However, his latest novel, American Maharajah, comes with a surprise element and a beautiful story – an American man visits India (though he is already a native Indian) and discovers strange facts about his identical – Amar, a person who has already been dead. His second visit to India to rediscover things about his birth makes thing so complicated before the ultimate truth is dug out – he remains in India – over! However, this novel isn’t as simple as I have narrated the story here. Once you start reading and get into the context of the text, you will be elated, for sure. Let’s slip into the intellectual review of American Maharajah now. Read more

Little Maryam - book review
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Little Maryam – book review

Little Maryam is the debut novel by an emerging novelist based in New Delhi, Hamid Baig. The novel was launched on 26 January 2018 and since the launch, it has been, for a long time, on the list of Amazon bestsellers and has sold many copies. Today, I will be writing a review of this novel for the regular readers of this platform, Intellectual Reader. As our common practice is, we don’t get into the details of the story or the content of the book we review. We just try to get the essential things out from the piece of literature we review and present it to the readers with pros and cons (if there and significant enough to be told). So, here is my review of Little Maryam by Hamid Baig. Read more

The Faber Book of Modern Verse - review
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The Faber Book of Modern Verse – review

The Faber Book of Modern Verse is a collection of poems by various poets who wrote mainly in the twentieth century. Except for the account of G M Hopkins, whose verse was mainly reproduced and printed only in the 20th century and after his death. Other than him, all the poets whose works have been included in this modern poetry collection were producing poems mainly in the twentieth century. The collection was edited by Michael Roberts, a poet and critic himself and his choices have been superb – giving us a genuine glimpse of the 20th-century poetry.  Read more

The Hungry Tide - book review
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The Hungry Tide – book review

The Hungry Tide is a literary fiction written by a contemporary great in Indian English Literature, Amitav Ghosh and the novel was published in the year 2004 when 21st century was still learning how to walk properly and how to talk well. This novel, since its publication, has been near the centre of the academic debates and discussions and also the curriculum designs. The Hungry Tide is liked by the readers who read it and appreciated by the readers who never read it but want to read it. However, by the readers who have read other contemporary novels along with The Hungry Tide, this novel is used as a benchmark to judge Indian English fiction by the writers contemporary in the 21st century. And guess what? You will be surprised to know that the standards of fiction set by Ghosh is never touched by most of the commercial authors today. Read more

5 Novels by Indian Authors you MUST read!
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5 Novels by Indian Authors you MUST read!

Who are the five Indian authors that you read? Mostly, the favourites who make on the list are from the passionate corridors of fiction who write about ‘skin on skin’ face-offs and take away the senses of the readers (mostly youths). However, have you ever tried to look beyond the trend? Have you ever looked for the authors who actually write fiction with meaning? Have you ever known the novelists who are worthy enough to be read and shared? Have you got a chance to read some of those who have made it to the top literary prizes and either won or became the finalists? Today, we will tell you the five contemporary novels that you must read if you are tired of reading the romances you have reading recently. And here we go: Read more

A Passage to India - review
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A Passage to India – review

A Passage to India is a 1924 novel written by E. M. Forster who is known for her novels and their psychological ambit. However, the novel A Passage to India had drawn the initial responses more in the terms of criticism and less in the column of appreciation. It has been argued that the work is a clear misjudgment of the Indians by the author and that’s why he has portrayed the characters of British in such a way that they look utterly harsh and miscalculated towards the Indian characters and especially Dr. Aziz. Read more

The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems - review
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The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems – review

Abhishek Goswami’s debut collection of poems, The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems, is a pleasant poetry collection which offers mixed themes and various ways of expression to the readers and ensures that their interest in poetry gets a respite for an hour or two hours or a day… to ensure this, Abhishek has mixed his poetry expertise with folklores, songs, ancient tales and also his broad imagination. He writes almost on everything he could in his collection of 35 poems and he reaches the heights of the sky where he sees the lonely hawk hovering and also visits the deserts of life. I have enjoyed reading his collection and I will tell you what are the interesting things you can find in his debut anthology.

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Indian Fiction and the World Literature
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Indian Fiction and the World Literature

Indeed; we need to talk about Indian fiction in a frank environment and we certainly have to understand that are we really over-doing our fiction? Are we becoming repetitive and just re-working the same themes again and again? Like the overburdened Bollywood which does not know how to respect movies that have a different taste, are the readers also becoming attached to the same usual bluff or a girl and a boy and another girl and another boy and so on? Go to any book fair or reach any bookstall you will get the same kind of covers which depict ‘modern love affairs’ in various forms – are we being serious about fiction? Can we hope for the Nobel Prize again, please? Read more

Despite Stolen Dreams - Anita Krishan
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Despite Stolen Dreams – Anita Krishan

Anita Krishan’s novel Despite Stolen Dreams is a fiction which finds its base on the menace of terrorism and the refuge of affection – two contrary abstract ideas are put against each other and the readers end their reading with a hope that yes, even terrorism can be defeated with love and people can be back to the original form – just being human beings! Garnering praises all over the country, Anita’s novel has two stories to tell the readers. One story is about the person who is hiding from terrorists – Wali Khan, and another story is about the person who is a terrorist – Shakeel. We have two worlds in front of us and we see clearly that the world which has love and harmony and peace provides Wali with a shelter where he can forget all the fears and worries he has and also the tragedies that he had suffered in his homeland of Kashmir. And another world of terrorism has everything but gross, violence, murder, hatred and a senseless sensation around a misguided religious predicament. Read more