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What form of literary criticism do we mostly use? Close reading method!

As a student of literature in the classroom, as a teacher of literature and also as a book critic, there is one common thing that I have always been doing – practising literary criticism. A student has to attempt a critical explanation, appreciation or analysis of given lines, extracts or stanzas. As a teacher (whatever position you are occupying – a professor, a tutor or an independent teacher), you have [...]

By | July 13th, 2019|Modern Criticism & Literary Theories|2 Comments

A Carol of Him by Twisha – Book Review

A Carol of Him is a novel written by a very young author Twisha. The blurb says it's a philosophical fiction and reading the novel might reflect the same as well. The author is only 16 and so, you can expect some naive turns and twists in her novel but does age say everything? Let me share my experience reading this one. I will share the high points and the [...]

By | June 30th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

The Castle of Love has fallen! A Poem

  It's a night decorated with clouds that bring myriad hopes for rain. I see the Moon. Who will see my pain? I travelled through miserable caves, through destinations unheard. I prayed all that my wisdom revered. Alas! The castle of love has fallen. The glory and glee bite the dust. It begins; the rain - bathed in the fragrance of my subversion! I am the debris of myself. I [...]

By | June 23rd, 2019|A Poem A Day|0 Comments

What Indian readers read at different ages? Opinion

Though I have long been a reader of fiction, the critical reading of Indian writers only began after 2014 when I completed my master degree in English Literature in December 2014. I was like breaking free. Leaving the boundaries of reading only limited books so that I could score better in the examinations felt good. 5 years ago, Indian English literature was different. Right now, it is full of opportunities, [...]

By | June 15th, 2019|Articles|1 Comment

SHE – a message for those who belittle girls – Book Review

  "Giving and taking dowry has made marriage a business, where one party, i.e. the bride’s parents, give their daughter and dowry to the other party in order to marry their daughter and save her from the ill-treatment of the groom, in-laws, and his family..." Writes Dr Sarika Jain in her debut book, SHE - a message for those who belittle girls. This is a book that uncovers the confusion's [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Books|1 Comment

Relics of our love…

  Relics of our love Somewhere, some random night in my random dream, I sit under the tree that stands beside a shallow pond of pure water - fish, flowers and ripples. I scratch my skinny soul. I try to find someone in the solitude of my dream; I could find if we were two - we are but one, what could I do? Weary, heavy, suppressed with the burden [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|A Poem A Day|0 Comments

Momentary vs Eternal – Love

These walls, the distance and the pain are momentary, illusionary and ugly. Believe me, once again on the clouds you will ride and come to my world, to meet me on that side. Let fate have this round and rejoice, dear, our time awaits us not here but there - the world of our choice. The world is full of truth and lies; well, I see nothing beyond your eyes. [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|A Poem A Day|0 Comments

My fall will see you rise

  My ambition, perhaps, was a little late and I might accept it, unwillingly, as my unfortunate fate. As I walk into the ocean of the infinite, I realise it will be (and has to be) an eternal fight (to death). A sudden day, I'll fall - have no surmise. But look into my eyes and remember that my fall will see you rise!   by alok mishra

By | May 27th, 2019|A Poem A Day|0 Comments

How to study literary theory and criticism? Alok Mishra’s Tips

For the students of English literature, one of the most difficult tasks is understanding the literary theories accurately and without any misconceptions. Believe me, it's tough without a doubt if you don't have the right approach. However, understanding literary theories becomes very easy once you know the idea behind it. All you have to do is think with a perspective of the theorists themselves and try to understand what actually [...]

By | May 20th, 2019|Modern Criticism & Literary Theories|2 Comments

शुक्रिया… तेरा शुक्रिया! last personal poem

  ऐसे बीच रास्ते छोड़ना अकेले मुझे कितना आसान रहा होगा शायद तुम्हारे लिए। पर कैसे भूल गयी तुम अब यहाँ से पीछे जाऊँ तो ज़िंदगी साथ नहीं देगी और आगे बढ़ा तुम्हारे बिना तो ज़िंदगी का साथ मैं नहीं दे पाउँगा! पर ठीक है चलो तुम्हारे इस सिले को मज़बूरी का ही बस नाम देते हैं। मेरी ज़िन्दगी में आने का शुक्रिया! मुझे मुहब्बत सिखाने का शुक्रिया! मुझे मुझसे [...]

By | May 17th, 2019|Love|0 Comments