Introducing Occasional Links: Mayawati, Kafka, Urdu Poetry, Books, Publishing

I plan to have an occasional post with a round up of what I have been reading, will try and make it once a week, else it will appear, well, occasionally. The continuity will be determined to a large extent by your response, of course.
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Tehelka has an excerpt from Indian Dalit leader Mayawati’s forthcoming biography, exploring her relationships with the men in her life- her grandfather, father and Kanshi Ram. A Miracle of Democracy

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In his short story A Hunger Artist, Franz Kafka examined the life of a hunger artist that audiences would pay for the tickets to watch him go without food day after day, especially during the last days of the 40 day show. This 40 day duration was determined not because it was a reasonable number of days for a person to survive without food, but because the owner of the show calculated that to be the attention span of the audience- anything beyond forty days, the audience would dwindle and it was no longer lucrative to keep the show going. A magnificent story of the decline and marginalization of the artist as well as the poor. A Hunger Artist

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Ghazala has the original nazm in Romanized Urdu as well as the translation of hum gunahgaar auratein hein (We are the sinful women), a poem by Pakistani poet Kishwar Naheed. We, Sinful Women

It is we sinful women
who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear gowns

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The NYT has an article on the explosion in the number of books published: “In 2007, a whopping 400,000 books were published or distributed in the United States, up from 300,000 in 2006.” This has happened partly because of self- publishing but paradoxically also at a time when reading is in decline. Are you an Author? Me, too! (link via John Baker)

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Andrew Gallix, in the Guardian writes on why some feel that while what is written is good, what is not written is still better. Besides, it saves on paper. A reader’s guide to the unwritten

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6 thoughts on “Introducing Occasional Links: Mayawati, Kafka, Urdu Poetry, Books, Publishing

  1. Jack Stephens

    That’s great, look forward to browsing some of your links. What I would recommend as well is using the WordPress Del.icio.us widget and putting it in your side column so people can browse your Del.icio.us account.

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  2. anna9

    great , I hope you will write more , my comments will follow , just stumbled onto your blog , namaste ji !

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  3. readerswords Post author

    Thanks, Jack. I have added the del.icio.us widget.
    anna9: namaste ji to you too ! Welcome and I do hope you will come by often. Thanks for linking to the Mirza Ghalib post.

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  4. readerswords Post author

    Thanks for your comments, folks. Will try and keep it going.

    The fact is that after close to 500 posts I really don’t have much left to say :-) So this is an effort to continue with the blog as well as reduce the clutter of posts that just link to stuff I find interesting.

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