The Non-fiction novel: A literary anomaly or a contradiction in terms?

To everyone that had the good fortune to know him, Truman Capote epitomised being larger than life. His love for the extravagance, the glamour and the constant attention of the elite social circles of celebrities, however, did not always have the most welcome consequences. His penchant for social drinking soon turned into a weakness for…

Seeking Familiarity- in Culture and Beyond

Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri, writing under the pen name of Jhumpa Lahiri, was born to Bengali parents from Calcutta who had immigrated to the United States of America when she was three. Living as a child of immigrant parents, Lahiri always encountered a conflict between two identities- the distinct Bengali identity of her parents, and her…

An Ode to the Short Story

“Life consists both of prolonged sequences and of flashing episodes”. English Literature has long eulogised the novelist, the poet and the dramatist for their creations, and has immortalised them in the reins of history for their contributions. The plaudits for these works have been gleefully accepted by the masters of these genre, who have revelled…

Dissecting Ayn Rand’s Objectivism II: Are Dagny and Dominique too Perfect?

As we saw earlier, Ayn Rand always accorded primacy to any sort of intellectual contribution. To reproduce John Galt’s statement, “The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him…” This intellectual capability became the sole standard against which Rand characters were to be measured, even when they…

The Immortality of Great Expectations as a Truly sui generis English Classic

The sullen streets of London being derided for their ugliness on a typically English overcast day would sound all too familiar to those who are avid readers of Charles Dickens. Indeed, Dickens was renowned for his vividly elaborate descriptions of Victorian-era England; of its society, people, surroundings and culture. But what characterized any Charles Dickens…