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Commonwealth Prize List The Commonwealth Short Story and Book Prizes'shortlists are out and several Indian writers have made it. Once again, Anushka Jasraj, whose story, Radio Story was the 2012 regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, is on it. This year, she has written Notes from the Ruins, a short story about "a young woman who has just arrived in Bombay and interprets the world through myth, crossword clues and a travel guidebook". Jasraj is currently attending the MFA programme at the University of Texas at Austin. The Commonwealth Book Prize shortlist features Nilanjana Roy for The Wildings, Jerry Pinto for Em and the Big Hoom, Mishi Saran for The Other Side of Light and Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis.

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April 13, 2013


Commonwealth Prize List The Commonwealth Short Story and Book Prizes'shortlists are out and several Indian writers have made it. Once again, Anushka Jasraj, whose story, Radio Story was the 2012 regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, is on it. This year, she has written Notes from the Ruins, a short story about "a young woman who has just arrived in Bombay and interprets the world through myth, crossword clues and a travel guidebook". Jasraj is currently attending the MFA programme at the University of Texas at Austin. The Commonwealth Book Prize shortlist features Nilanjana Roy for The Wildings, Jerry Pinto for Em and the Big Hoom, Mishi Saran for The Other Side of Light and Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis.

<b>Pronouncing Jhabvala </b><br><br><br>Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Booker Prize-winning novelist and Oscarwinning screenwriter for the Merchant-Ivory team, passed away last week. Born into a German-Jewish family, she married Cyrus Jhabvala, the Parsi architect who was the head of the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. Both the Washington Post and the New York Times, in their obituaries, thought fit to educate readers on how to pronounce her surname. While the WashPost got it right, "pronounced JAHB-vah-lah", the NYT just didn't : "pronounced JOB-vahla".

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April 13, 2013


Pronouncing Jhabvala


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Booker Prize-winning novelist and Oscarwinning screenwriter for the Merchant-Ivory team, passed away last week. Born into a German-Jewish family, she married Cyrus Jhabvala, the Parsi architect who was the head of the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. Both the Washington Post and the New York Times, in their obituaries, thought fit to educate readers on how to pronounce her surname. While the WashPost got it right, "pronounced JAHB-vah-lah", the NYT just didn't : "pronounced JOB-vahla".

<br><b><br><br>Mrs Thatcher's Knives <br></b><br><br>Maragret Thatcher, who died last week, was criticized heavily by poets and writers in Britain for her capitalist policies. But one poet whom she liked and invited to No. 10 several times was Philip Larkin, the bitter and brilliant Englishman who famously said that deprivation to him was what daffodils were to Wordsworth. Though he was flattered by the attention, he asked Mrs Thatcher to actually quote a line from his poetry. And she did. 'All the unhurried day, Your mind lay open like a drawer of knives, ' from his poem Deception. What a chilling line - and how well it describes the controversial but remarkable woman who committed it to memory.

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April 13, 2013





Mrs Thatcher's Knives


Maragret Thatcher, who died last week, was criticized heavily by poets and writers in Britain for her capitalist policies. But one poet whom she liked and invited to No. 10 several times was Philip Larkin, the bitter and brilliant Englishman who famously said that deprivation to him was what daffodils were to Wordsworth. Though he was flattered by the attention, he asked Mrs Thatcher to actually quote a line from his poetry. And she did. 'All the unhurried day, Your mind lay open like a drawer of knives, ' from his poem Deception. What a chilling line - and how well it describes the controversial but remarkable woman who committed it to memory.

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