By Editor on April 30, 2009 12:51 am / Permalink
Is there such a thing as ‘Parsi writing’? Roshan G Shahani suggests that a less essentialist perspective might be more fruitful for critically examining the work of the writers gathered under that label.
Continue reading Parsi fiction—a piece of fiction?
By Editor on February 19, 2009 9:49 pm / Permalink
Everywhere man has gone, a travel writer has followed. And after two millennia of travel writing, it is fair to ask: “What is left to say?” Dan Hogan wanders through the works of some backpacking heroes to understand what makes them special.
Continue reading The sightseers
By Editor on January 11, 2009 6:59 pm / Permalink
The media frenzy about the November 2008 Bombay attacks blurred event and spectacle. Amit Madheshiya explores the complex issues about memory, spectacle, and the iconicity of the Taj raised by the media coverage of the event.
Continue reading The collective spectacle
By Editor on December 8, 2008 11:20 pm / Permalink
Professor Emile McAnany is the Walter E. Schmidt, S. J., Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University. In this conversation with Rohit Chopra, he discusses his research in the area of communication for development and social change, the contested understandings of development that have shaped the history of the field, and the challenges involved in enabling social change through communication.
Continue reading ‘Communication is a vital element of change in any environment’
By Editor on December 2, 2008 1:52 pm / Permalink
The Indian television coverage of the Mumbai terror strikes left much to be desired. Senior broadcast journalist and media researcher Venkata Vemuri analyses the areas of weaknesses and finds no excuse for the substandard reportage of such a serious issue.
Continue reading How not to report terrorism
By Editor on November 27, 2008 1:43 am / Permalink
A journalist should be like a good husband, never cheating on Mrs Truth. But in reality many distinguished writers have been outrageous flirts with fiction. Dan Hogan examines some such — from Truman Capote to James Frey.
Continue reading The truth about non-fiction
By Editor on November 21, 2008 6:00 am / Permalink
Mohammed Hanif is the author of the novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a political satire and whodunit about the assassination of Pakistani president, General Zia. In this interview with Rohit Chopra, the writer, journalist, and graduate of the Pakistan Air Force Academy shares his thoughts about the curious and varied inspirations behind the novel, the challenge of having to overcome his journalistic training while writing the book, and his scepticism about the category of ‘South Asian’ writing.
Continue reading ‘The book started out as a prank’
By Editor on November 10, 2008 1:21 am / Permalink
Talk radio demeans the principles of democracy and civility, even as it plays a powerful role in shaping public opinion in the US. And yet the mainstream media give it a free pass. In this essay, writer and editor Parthiv Parekh argues that ignoring talk radio is dangerous and calls for mainstream media to take a more combative approach to the media form.
Continue reading The unfairness of talk radio