Category archives for Literature

Susan Sontag : Question of Knowledge


Very few of us have heard of Susan Sontag. I was introduced to her by Father Gaston Roberge in the class on Film Appreciation at St. Xavier’s College. Roberge introduced us to her Essay On Photography (1977). Sontag professed  that the evolution of modern technology has changed the viewer. She calls this the emergence of […]

José Saramago….the saga of Allegories


José Saramago died on 18th June 2010. Ater several months in hospital, Saramago returned home in February  to a hectic schedule. The adaptation of Blindness, by Brazilian film-maker Fernando Meirelles, opened  in UK cinemas. Saramago attended a private preview in Lisbon. For the past 15 years, José Saramago lived with his journalist wife,Pilar del Ríothe  […]

I was introduced to Lucian Blaga by my friend Roxanna


Lucian Blaga is all over . Till recently he was an unknown poet until a friendof mine from Romania,Roxanna introduced me to him. Then suddenly I found everybody quoting him and I followed suit…..and then with a few weeks he was in The Telegraph.. newspaper of Calcutta. Roxanna quoted him often…… Melancolie Un vânt răzleţ […]

Jorge Luis Borges,my father and the Book of Sand


Nirmal Chandra Kumar,my father, who died of cerebral stroke in 1978, aged 60, was a man who was an antiquarian and owned a rare bookshop in Calcutta , India. He was also among the greatest influences on a generation of artists, from filmmaker to fiction writers, folk musician to folk artist; actors to activists, writer […]

José Saramago … Blindness


Blindness….I just finished reading the book .It is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. The novel follows the misfortunes of a handful of characters who are among the first to be stricken and centers around a doctor and […]