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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alok Rai

Articles by Alok Rai

Down The Invisible Stream

Down The Invisible Stream

Nov 02, 2015 Alok Rai

Allahabad acquired its cultural iconicity in the spaces of the colonial public sphere, embodied in cafes,...

Maximum Grotesquerie In Purple

Maximum Grotesquerie In Purple

Apr 02, 2012 Alok Rai

Nagarkar’s prose, both authorial and in the attributed “free indirect”, is unrelentingly flaccid and...

The Light From The Centre

The Light From The Centre

Feb 28, 2011 Alok Rai

Pamuk’s poetics of the novel is informed by his craft and a ‘non-western’ specificity

The Shah Of Blah Coils A Cheery Orchard Yarn

The Shah Of Blah Coils A Cheery Orchard Yarn

Nov 22, 2010 Alok Rai

The narrative skein of Rushdie’s new tale blazes with energy and adventure, with glimpses of adult concern

The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers

Aug 30, 2010 Alok Rai

The novel as a whole seems to have been assembled in a prolonged fit of inattention

Must We Dream Of India In English?

Must We Dream Of India In English?

Aug 23, 2010 Alok Rai

Our misguided faith in this ‘Globish-Inglish’ hides a vile elitism

Light, Grave

Light, Grave

Jun 14, 2010 Alok Rai

A wonderfully engaging example of the fact that despite the hype surrounding the novels-with-large-advances,...

Parallel Lines Converge

Parallel Lines Converge

Apr 05, 2010 Alok Rai

Agha Shahid Ali’s poetic persona embraced modernist reticence as well as the cacophony of Indic traditions

Looted Filigree

Looted Filigree

Apr 20, 2009 Alok Rai

It isn't every day that one comes across a book that one can commend so unreservedly: a swift, elegant tale...

Fluid Tales

Fluid Tales

Apr 06, 2009 Alok Rai

We get sharply etched events, but no underlying fabric of realism. And the two parts of the novel are in...

Old Edifices

Old Edifices

Jan 26, 2009 Alok Rai

Majeed is particularly good on the dialectic of khudi and bekhudi—selfhood and selflessness—in Iqbal's...

And So The Qawwali Meets The Meera Bhajan

And So The Qawwali Meets The Meera Bhajan

Aug 25, 2008 Alok Rai

Don't be distracted by his novelist reputation; Amit Chaudhuri proves to be an incisive cultural critic

Saga Of Marichjhapi

Saga Of Marichjhapi

Jul 12, 2004 Alok Rai

A sultry landscape in fascinating detail, where dreams rise and die to the rhythm of the tide

Roman A Cleft

Roman A Cleft

Oct 27, 2003 Alok Rai

There are many good things here, even if not all are exactly new—but Kumar is a talented reader, too.

Arise, Paper Tiger

Arise, Paper Tiger

Feb 24, 2003 Alok Rai

Resurrecting the all-too-familiar battle of our historical establishment

A Back Home History

A Back Home History

Oct 14, 2002 Alok Rai

A bold attempt to invent a full, enabling literary tradition for the IWE

That Magical Tapwater

That Magical Tapwater

Sep 23, 2002 Alok Rai

A transmogrifying Rushdie still hits familiar tunes in a realigned world

Borrowed Iambs

Borrowed Iambs

Jul 29, 2002 Alok Rai

Chaudhuri has been able to persuasively represent a deservedly neglected domain.

Seeing A Horizon

Seeing A Horizon

Jun 11, 2001 Alok Rai

The Occasional Muse

The Occasional Muse

Feb 12, 2001 Alok Rai

Perhaps the editors need a few more years for proof-reading?