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A Magnificent Obsession

A Magnificent Obsession In the Tracks of the Mahatma: The Making of a Documentary by A K Chettiar (Translated from the Tamil Annal Adichuvattil by S Thilanayagam); Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2007;

My Story

My Story A Space of Her Own: Personal Narratives of Twelve Women edited by Leela Gulati and Jasodhara Bagchi; Sage Publications, New Delhi 2005;

Women Writing

Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers edited by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Gouri Salvi, Volga; published by Women’s World(India), Delhi, and Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad, 2003; pp 312, Rs 250.


Tense Past, Tense Present: Women Writing in English edited by Joel Kurotti; published by Stree, an imprint of Bhatkal and Sen, Kolkata, 2003; pp 235, Rs 450.

The Anxiety of Indianness

Our Novels in English Meenakshi Mukherjee No one would write a doctoral dissertation on the Indianness of a Marathi novel but when it comes to English fiction originating in our country, not only does the issue of Indianness become a favourite essentialising obsession in academic writings and the book review circuit, the writers themselves do not seem unaffected by it, the complicating factor being that English is not just any language

Reality and Realism-Indian Women as Protagonists in Four Nineteenth Century Novels

Indian Women as Protagonists in Four Nineteenth Century Novels Meenakshi Mukherjee It is a critical platitude to say that the Indian novel has a derivative form, imitated from the West This is only superficially true. A form cannot be superimposed on a culture where there is no appropriate ethos to sustain its content. The reality of the Indian social situation had to be bent to suit the exigencies of realism. The realistic novel came into existence when the tension between the individual and the society acquired a certain intensity.

Anandamath A Political Myth

Anandamath: A Political Myth Meenakshi Mukherjee ANANDAMATH, a Bengali novel Written by Bankim Chandra Chattter- jee exactly a hundred yearg ago, could well be the first political novel written in India. This was not Bankim's first novel, nor by any means his best, but Anandamth was significant for many extra-literary reasons, specially for the tremendous impact it had on subsequent nationalist movements in Ben- gal and in some other parts of India. First serialised in the monthly Banga Darshan in 1981-82, Anandamath appeared in book form in 1882 and gained immediate popularity. Five editions appeared before the century was over, and by the early years of the next century, it got translated into the major languages of India, in some languages more than once.1 Some of the translations have appeared as late as the sixties of this century, testifying to the continuing popularity of the novel at a certain level.

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