Category: Book Review

Brian Senewiratne’s ‘Sexual Violence Against Tamils In Sri Lanka’

  By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan I’ve never met the author (hereafter sometimes referred to as BS), a medical doctor long settled in Australia, but have heard of his reputation as a human-rights campaigner fighting against discrimination and injustice, be they based on ‘race’, religion, caste or skin-colour. Among the recognition he has received is the…

Recollecting Shiva Naipaul in Africa and Sri Lanka

By Charles Sarvan, Berlin Shiva Naipaul’s reputation is over-shadowed by that of his brother, world-famous V. S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, knighted by the Queen.  Both were born in Trinidad; V. S. in 1932, and Shiva in 1945; both studied at Oxford. Shiva’s sudden and early death at the age of forty cut off…

SHORT STORIES BY SOUTH ASIAN AUTHORS

The crafting of short stories has of late been somewhat neglected because writers of fiction strive to create Great Novels that will sell by the millions, be made into films or TV serials and thus make them lots of dosh. The question I ask myself is: Are we writers writing to become ‘rich and famous’ or do…

Book Review: Jasbir Jain’s The Diaspora Writes Home

By Ajay K Chaubey ‘Home’, ‘Memory’, and ‘Nostalgia’ are the distinctive features of diasporic writing, which in turn are linked to an author’s identity, which is based on a sense of belonging to a nation, religion, or ethnicity. The features of diaspora narratives are also intrinsically connected with one another. The writer is engaged in…

Divya Mathur’s story collection in Urdu ‘Zeharmohra’ Launched

23 May 2016, London, Asio-European Cultural Exchange Society (ACES) and Sir Syed Foundation-London celebrated the publication of a  selection of Divya Mathur’s short stories translated into Urdu by Dr Arjumand Ara of Delhi University by launching it at the prestigious Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS London University. After a brief welcome by Mahamid Mustafa Ahmed, Chair…

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