Jyoti Thottam

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  • 11 years ago

    In Sri Lanka, they call it the dry zone. In a country that draws so much of its livelihood and pleasure from water, where crystal-blue ocean surrounds gemstone-green jungles, the few patches of rough, rugged brush hold an odd appeal. I understood ...

  • 13 years ago

    The relentless beauty of Arundhati Roy's prose is becoming a problem. It made her 1997 novel The God of Small Things a sensation, but it has complicated the response to her essays. Roy's critics call her arguments too neat, too emotional, too pret...

  • 13 years ago

    The mystics of three religions leave their marks on the face of Granada. The Zohar, the central text of the Kabbalah, was written by one of the city's native sons, Moses de Leon. Granada's monasteries include one built by Saint John of the Cross, ...

  • 13 years ago

    Amitava Kumar begins his new book of essays with the inevitable question about contemporary Indian literature: "Is there any reason why, when it comes to any fiction in English, there should be an obsession with the issue of its Indianness?" Of co...

  • 14 years ago

    The last time Mandar Oak, a graduate student in economics at Cornell, went home to India, he brought the usual gifts and stories, plus one observation about life in the United States: He noticed that most U.S. cities and towns have direct election...

  • 15 years ago

    Union busting isn't usually the subtlest activity. The weapons tend to be blunt (mass firings and intimidation), and the culprits tend to be obvious (big corporations with deep pockets). But anyone concerned about the future of New York City's tea...


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