Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Indian English Poetry by M. K. Naik | Book Review

M. K. Naik's book Indian English Poetry: from the beginnings upto 2000 is a widely regarded book among English literature students. This is, perhaps, the only credible book by any Indian literature scholar that critically summarises the poetry of many Indian English poets right from the beginning to the present time. This present time, however, is relative here. It is roughly around 2000, one year before and after and the book needs a major update. However, for the purposes of research and studies, the book by M. K. Naik is a perfect piece of critical writing that can be very valuable for any student of Indian English literature.

Monday, 9 March 2020

The Girl in the Dream by Pravin Agarwal - Book Review

The Girl in the Dream is a novel that develops in a multi-fold manner. The plot develops subtly with the storyline going back and forth in a dream and then the present reality. Even being the very debut work by Pravin Agarwal, this novel displays a mature sense of fiction and it symmetrically progresses by taking the readers indulgence along with the major storyline. For the readers who are too quick to take the call whether to read a book or not, The Girl in the Dream (A love story planned 500 years ago) takes the course of a dream-reveal technique and the major characters are Vivaan, Riya, Rachit and Swara. These characters are linked in the present life as well as their past life by very interesting and thought-provoking scenarios and situations. Yes, this is predominantly a love story - as the subtitle further intensifies. However, what happens? Who loves whom? What is the link to the past - 500 years ago? There are many things that the readers will find in the course of their reading of the novel. If you ask for my one-word advice - I give this book a yes vote. If you want to know better, read the next two paragraphs.