The new book, ‘Buffering Love’ offers stories from the app store, and that was a conscious decision that was prompted by his own experiences. Once helped by others to travel or book hotels, Issac’s phase of writing saw him do these on his own, all aided by apps and prompting real conversations through these apps.
Characterization, Radhika says, comprises of two parts- creation of the lead, one that is done within the mind of the author and is based on archetypes, and experiences. Her characters aren’t very sequential. The other part is representation, where the reader familiarizes with the character, and reacts to the portrayal of the character. This is when the author can easily establish the character with the choice of words, clothes, or even attire.
Veerappan had helped people he wanted to but only those who he wanted to. He wasn’t really a Robin Hood. He was someone who strangled his own child to stay alive and that should say all about him.
If the characters portrayed in mythology are shown with all of their traits and if all shades of their personalities are shown, then it is much easier to forgive Shurpanakha for what mistakes she had committed and the world as it is today – filled with eternal prejudice, bias and discrimination against a woman who had committed a simple human error – is something the author wishes to change.
The westernisation that has happened even in Children’s literature was something both the authors agreed on. Ranjit Lal recounted an incident when he was asked to judge a children’s short story competition. He found to his dismay that all their characters had names like Jack or Jill.
Indira was the first Indian prime minister to begin a discussion on conservation of nature. Indira was the only Indian prime minister who took a personal interest in the environmental protection while all her successors leave it to their Environmental Ministry.
“Why is Pakistan on a self-defeating path?”, Kamal Davar asked. He then talked of the ‘Deep State’ of Pakistan: a condition where the reins of the government are held by people who are not an elected body of power. He was also quick to point out that our Indian establishments are nothing like that. He also pointed out quite magnanimously that he had left talking about Pakistani citizens as they still show a glimmer of hope.
Today, the rivalry between India and China on the Indian Ocean, China’s looming presence in Sri Lanka are concerning for India. But one must acknowledge that China’s pockets are deep and their speed of implementation is commendable. India has a long way to go in those aspects. We need to be prepared every day to counter these advances. Nevertheless, India’s strength lies in the fact that we are a strong democracy and have friends all over the world. The goodwill that India wields amongst other countries is not something China possesses.
6pm on 29th October | 2nd Day of the Bangalore Literature Festival – connoisseurs of…
From peacock tears to Aadhar, and from Gauri Lankesh to AK Ramanujam this year too has a promising list of subjects waiting to be discussed. And there this is the additional bonanza of Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.