A Murdochian gamble

By Editor on December 17, 2009 1:02 pm / Permalink

Rupert Murdoch’s decision to charge users to access online news across his publications is his answer to the steep decline in advertising revenue this year. While it is appealing to try to turn millions of news surfers into paying customers, how realistic is that move? Angelica Jopson takes stock.

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An Indian under the Crown

By Editor on November 8, 2009 7:19 am / Permalink

An unfairly neglected figure, Dosebai Cowasjee Jessawalla has left a rich legacy in the form of an autobiography entitled The Story of My Life. Excavating this remarkable personal history from the Jessawalla family archives, Roshan G. Shahani illuminates the many dimensions of the text: as autobiography; as a history of the Parsi-British encounter during the Raj; as a fascinating travelogue; and as a recreation of nineteenth-century Bombay.

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What women shouldn’t read

By Editor on September 14, 2009 8:04 pm / Permalink

Avoid the suggestions in most women’s magazines. Avoid books that promise to ‘empower’. Avoid writings that will help you ‘understand’ men. Mita Kapur argues a case for reading for your pleasure — not for that of the society.

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A Perfect Storm

By Editor on September 2, 2009 8:21 am / Permalink

Why is our news today a mile wide and an inch deep, on the face of it a huge offering but actually very shallow? Stephen Jukes, former global Head of News at Reuters, examines the shrinkage in traditional news in Britain and beyond.

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Fighting for the soul of Rama

By Editor on July 20, 2009 4:41 pm / Permalink

hindu_small.jpgThe Hindu nationalist insistence on a single, authoritative version of the Ramayana contravenes the central tenet of Hinduism. In this edited extract from his new book, Offence: the Hindu Case, about vigilante censorship by Hindu nationalists, Salil Tripathi argues the historical and political case for defending the plurality of Hinduism.

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A masterpiece in miniature

By Editor on July 3, 2009 7:12 pm / Permalink

A poignant, compellingly rendered tale about a little man ajar with the world, Arzee the Dwarf is also a love letter to Bombay, to its alleys that, despite their filth, hold in them a quiet silence and beauty, to its decrepit buildings like the Noor, to its dusty suburbs. Rohit Chopra reviews Chandrahas Choudhury’s brilliant debut novel.

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Designing the digital tale

By Editor on June 9, 2009 8:26 am / Permalink

Narrative development is the key concern for readers, and should drive all design decisions, whether of visual or multimedia effects, screen layout, availability of menus, placement of links on text, or use of images as hotspots. Dr James Pope concludes his two-part series on digital storytelling.

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Twists in the digital tale

By Editor on May 25, 2009 10:06 am / Permalink

Fascinating and cutting-edge though the evolution of non-linear narratives is, digital interactive fiction has not really taken off commercially. Dr James Pope interacted with 36 readers of hypertext to find out what cut their pleasure short.

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