Gajaman Nona and Emily Bronté
Gajaman Nona of Sri Lanka (1748-1814) lived in
the end of Dutch and early British rule of the country in the south
of Sri Lanka. She was able to spew out poetry as answer to any
question, anytime. She had an erudite mind and was keen to learn.
City, cinema and culture
Last week I discussed the complex relationship
that exists between city, cinema and culture. Today, as a way of
illustrating some of those ideas and reflections, I wish to examine
the Calcutta trilogy by Satyajit Ray.
Hindi versus Urdu
In this concluding column on Hindi literary
culture, I examine, briefly, how Hindi emerged as a major Indian
language and the failed initiative to invent Hindustani, idealistic
language made out of comingling of Hindi and Urdu, which had never
seen the light of the day.