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Viju B

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Story alone is not enough

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Viju B Prof M K Sanoo has some unsolicited advice for the current crop of Malayalam writers. The spirit of Dylan Thomas’s line, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”, burns in the heart of Dr M K Sanoo. Every day, his failing eyesight notwithstanding – h... More »

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Ayyappan, the spirit of the forest, is long dead

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Viju B The last time I went to Sabarimala temple was 25 years ago, carrying a cumbersome tripod, to do a photo feature on the Ayyappa Bhakti cult. I boarded a KSRTC bus from Kochi to Pamba and Ayyappanmar, many from neigbouring states gave ne good company, cha... More »

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We are fundamental-ists now

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Viju B Cheruthoni The river has recovered her flesh and soul once again. We had stripped her naked, and then into a skeleton, but now she has become voluptuous once again. George Joseph’s words struck me, amid… via TOI Blog More »

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Invitation to a beheading

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Viju B It goes without saying that a writer should have the unfettered freedom to criticise anyone or anything; what is moot is whether it should be at the cost of artistry Good Politics, Bad Writing In… via TOI Blog More »

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Medium is the message

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Viju B Several journalists are turning moviemakers, with telling effect For two full days Anitha sat in silence after watching Captain, a biopic on Kerala’s football legend V P Sathyan. Debutant director G Prajesh Sen became worried… via TOI Blog More »

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Geek tragedy

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Viju B Stage shows lasting the whole night and without the usual drama are admittedly not to everybody’s taste, but as renowned scholar David Shulman attests, certain Koodiyattam performances are up right there with the best of… via TOI Blog More »

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Questioning Islam is taboo

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Viju B In ‘secular’ Kerala, fundamentalism seems to have only one colour – saffron! Dr K S Radhakrishnan’s new book, Islam Bahuswarata Samuhatil (Islam in pluralistic society), is a collection of essays that attempts to understand why Islam as practiced by a s... More »

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Ghetto gallery

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Viju B Thirteen artists defy the touristy gaze to portray Mattancherry in its true colours She was born in Cochin and raised by Cochin winds; she wrote and spoke good Malayalam, yet her soul belonged somewhere else…. via TOI Blog More »

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Trompe-L’oeil

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Viju B The refurbished Kerala Museum has a rare art collection that spans generations, sensibilities and schools of thought In July 1994, Jehangir Sabavala wrote to Madhavan Nayar providing details of an important consignment he had sent… TOI Blog Source link... More »