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Thursday, March 04, 2010

A Victory for Online Journalism,Stephen Hawkins, RoadRunner

A Victory for Online Journalism
Stephen Hawking considers move to Waterloo: report
Kids head full tilt into World Maths race
If We Are to Care For the Earth Better, We Must Change How We Talk About It

Storm brewing? - WASHINGTON: Despite the best efforts of President Asif Ali Zardari, he could not meet MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London nor was he able to talk to him on telephone, top MQM sources confirmed. And in an even more significant development, the MQM Secretariat in London stopped Interior Minister Rehman Malik from coming to London to meet Altaf Hussain on February 26. A top MQM leader I talked to in London tried to soften the impact of these developments but did not deny it.

Roadrunner, Dilip D'Souza, HarperCollins, p.331, Rs. 399.

It is said that there are only two stories: the first is “Man goes on long journey'; the second is “Stranger comes to town”. Every novel ever written falls into either one category, or the other. (Think about it.)

As far as travel writing is concerned, almost everything that's been written has been — for an Indian reader — in the “Stranger comes to town” vein. Travel writers have invariably been Westerners, visiting exotic, faraway places, and writing about what makes them exotic/ quaint/ weird, for Western audiences like themselves. Very rarely does one come across a travel book about an American or European destination written by an Asian, say, or an African.


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