Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The All-time 'Famous Forty' Nobel Laureates in Literature

Important Nobel Laureates
Rudyard Kipling
Rabindranath Tagore
William Butler Yeats
George Bernard Shaw
Henri Bergson
Thomas Mann
Sinclair Lewis
John Galsworthy
Luigi Pirandello
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
Pearl Buck
Hermann Hesse
Thomas Stearns Eliot
William Faulkner
Bertrand Russell
Sir Winston Churchill
Ernest Miller Hemingway
Albert Camus
John Steinbeck
Jean-Paul Sartre
Samuel Beckett
Pablo Neruda
Patrick White
Saul Bellow
Gabriel García Márquez
William Golding
Wole Soyinka
Derek Walcott
Toni Morrison
Seamus Heaney
Wislawa Szymborska
Günter Grass
Sir V S Naipaul
John M. Coetzee
Harold Pinter
Orhan Pamuk
Doris Lessing
Mo Yan
Alice Munro
Patrick Modiano

While doing an in-depth study of a literary figure, the clue for an effective and involved reading is to try summing up the essence of his/her oeuvre in a maximum of five points.

For example, if you take up Rudyard Kipling for study, the essence (including his USP) of his oeuvre could be summed up thus –

Friday, 22 July 2016

A List of Books/Articles on Postcolonial Theory

Dear Students, 
Please find in the link HERE, an admirable List of Important Books / Articles on Postcolonial Theory, Compiled by Dr. V. S. Joseph Albert, with added inputs from Samuel Rufus.
With all best wishes,

Thursday, 21 July 2016

International Conference on Environmental Leadership

International Conference on
Environment Leadership for Academicians
in cooperation with
Environmentalist Foundation of India
29.07.2016, 9.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Registration on first-come, first-served
Goethe-Institut Chennai | Max Mueller Bhavan
the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany has
created an Excellency project
Water | City | Chennai – the future in our hands”
to create a dialogue on urban water.
“Water | City | Chennai – the future in our hands”

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Eco-Tourism beckons you...

Wanna be an eco-tourist? visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, seeking authentic local experiences and connect with fellow eco-conscious travellers?

Our trekking/camping team goes regularly on trekking/camping adventure trips on the last Saturdays of every month in a team of 20 to 25 members.

Tada Falls
This month, [on the last Saturday - 30 July 2016] we have decided to go to Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls in Andhra Pradesh.

If you wanna join us, after assuring yourself that you are medically fit for the same, mail me at rufusonline@gmail.com rightaway!

However, this trek can't be done by children and the elderly. If you are above 23 years of age, and medically fit for a daunting yet exciting and fun-filled trek, decide now.

We also plan on camp fires and campfire cooking too!

Well, Tada Falls is located 92 km from Chennai, in Varadaiahpalem mandal of Chittoor district on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

MIDS Workshop - July 2016

Topic: Non-Violence in Relations and Non-Injury in Modes of Thinking: 
Transforming the Subjective and the Objective and the Calling of Transpositional

Speaker: Ananta Kumar Giri, Professor, MIDS
Chairperson: Godavarish Mishra, Professor, 
Dept. of Philosophy, University of Madras
Date: Thursday, 21-07-2016, 3:00 P.M.
All are cordially invited!

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Woods and the Floods! Reminiscences...

Planting tree saplings and gardening are my favourite pastime. Whenever I get a wee bit of that precious extra time, I take along a spade, cudgel, shovel etc, in ‘garden-work clothes’ and with a wonderful friend for company – shaktimaan in tow…

Yes, we call him shaktimaan for the myriad and marvelous ways in which he helps all and sundry in the lovely little neighbourhood of ours.

Green Drive...!
He’s a retired officer from the Secretariat, Chennai, and his love and fondness for helping his society is unparalleled.

He would accomplish any work assigned to him in no time!

During the Chennai floods, his work was way beyond ordinary, and he was also honoured by the Rotary for that!

And well, our sapling-planting-drive usually happens for four days a month – shaktimaaan has his handy almanac (kinda panjaangam) to show the time the rains come – and we gear ourselves for this favourable season of the month, in advance!

When we go on our 'sapling-planting' drive, most of our friendly neighbours accompany us to do their ‘little might’ that they could possibly offer - a kinda team effort!

And yes! our team has never said a NO to anyone who comes asking for tree-saplings to be planted in or around their residential areas, so much so that, our team is quite popular for our society-oriented initiatives!

We each chip in with a minimum of Rs.1,000 per month for our social initiatives. Sakthimaan gives the highest! Most of the money is invested on good fencing for tree-saplings – tree guards, and other paraphernalia!

[Well, yes, if you stay in or around Nolambur or Mogappair West, do give us a call or even mail us! We would help you plant the best saplings for your kind of soil – and give you saplings too free of cost! The only duty expected of you is that, you promise to guard the sapling till she nourishes herself well enough to become an adorable tree!!!]

‘Tree-sapling plantings’ apart, we also have a host of lovely and interesting people all around our house as wonderful neighbours. One among them is an Excise officer, who would spend time with all of us – describing his adventures in the ‘customs’ domain, every other day. He extols MCC as hoo hoo haa haa, and myself in turn, would express curiosity in his adventures as Customs Officer. One fine evening, for over 90 minutes, he was going on and on, talking about his adventures in Customs to Sakthimaan, Ammachi, and a couple of equally ardent and enthusiastic listeners that includes myself! He is just around forty years! The fire in his eyes, the passion in his demeanour and the vibrancy in his talk was very much palpable when he was describing his work experience in the sea, checking huge vessels for customs clearance, and airports, to check cargo containers for clearance.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Elocution Contest 2016

Shriram Ilakkiya Kazhagam, the literary wing of Shriram group, is organising Thirukkural Elocution Contest 2016, the annual state-level competition from July 30 to August 28 for school and college students.

The preliminary rounds will be held in the city on July 30 at Dr. MGR-Janaki Arts and Science College for Women, R.A. Puram.

The contestants will be divided into four groups: juniors, seniors, super seniors and college. Institutions can send two entries from each class. Last date for registration is July 23.

Application forms can be collected from No. 145, Santhome High Road, Mylapore or downloaded from www.shriramchits.com. For details, call 4021 4100.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Books on Canadian Literature

Dear Friends, Blog readers and Well-wishers, 
I am glad to announce the publication of our next two books: the first one is titled Current Trends in Canadian Literature: A Critical Appraisal, co-authored with Ms. Remya Vincent, Assistant Professor of English, and an expert on Canadian Literature. The next book, co-authored with Dr. S. Armstrong is titled Explorations in Canadian LiteratureA sneak preview of both the books are given below. The books will be released this month-end, at the University of Madras, Chennai.

Don't Miss Out..!

Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Tamil
On 30th July 2016
07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
@ Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Near St. Anthony School, Egmore, Chennai

Directed by: Samyuktha P. C.

On the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, Crea Shakthi retells his story of magic and water - The Tempest. Locked in a deserted isle, Prospero tastes sweet revenge by bringing down his enemies in a storm of illusions. Known for its spectacular stagecraft demands, The Tempest has been adapted worldwide in various languages to unveil the truths of colonialism, slavery, and oppression. A new reading of this mammoth play in Tamil will bring forth a character who has been silenced and reduced to hysteria. Pitting the young against the old, it shows the priorities change with generations.
Donation Pass: Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500

Tickets available on Bookmyshow

Friday, 8 July 2016

Film Series @ Goethe-Institut

In cooperation with Department of Humanities & Social Sciences- IIT(Madras), Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, Madras Film Society, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy, SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, The Cinema Resource Centre

16.07. 2016 to 17.07.2016, 6.30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, better known as DEFA, was the state-owned film studio in the German Democratic Republic (in East Germany) throughout that country's history.  On May 17, 1946, the Soviet Military Administration in Germany granted a license to the DEFA Studio for the production of films. Just after five months the first DEFA film, The Murderers Are among Us (Dir.Wolfgang Staudte), premiered in Berlin and won international recognition—the first German film made after WW-II.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

On 'Taine's concept of the 'Milieu'

Literature did not come out of air. “It was conditioned by three earthy elements: race, milieu, moment,” says Hippolyte Taine, the famous French sociologist.

The word milieu means, the ‘socio-cultural context’.

For example, The Jazz Age was the milieu from which Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby emerged.

The Great Gatsby (1925) by the American F. Scott Fitzgerald follows a host of interesting characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island. Interestingly, the term ‘Jazz Age’ was also invented by Scott Fitzgerald himself!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

An exquisite show that explores the language used by Shakespeare...

Madras Literary Society (MLS)
‘Experience Shakespeare
featuring a troupe of actors (Nikhila Kesavan, Radhakrishnan Iyer, Sarvesh Sridhar, Tarun Lakshman and Geetha Lakshman)
exploring Shakespeare’s characters, language and rhythms
on Saturday, 09 July 2016, 11.30 am
at Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road, Nungambakkam

The show will conclude with a play-reading, showcasing George Bernard Shaw’s approach to Shakespeare.

The year 2016 marks the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare. Known for his ability to write in various genres, Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights. Born in 1564 in England, he wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets and multiple poems over a course of 20-odd years.
For details, call 2827 9666

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Certificate Course in Lay Counselling

The Banyan in collaboration with Stella Maris Centre for Development of Resources for Inclusion and Vocational Enrichment (SMCDRIVE) is offering a certificate course in lay counselling for distressed individuals.

The objective of the course is to provide emotional support and offer counselling under the supervision of trained mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatric nurses.

It is a six-month course starting from July.

For registration, call Princy, social worker, SMCDRIVE, at 28116831 or 8939125854.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Audio and Text Links to Dabydeen's 'Two Cultures' - Reg

Dear Students of II MA English,

Kindly find the audio link to David Dabydeen’s poem ‘Two Cultures’ HERE, and the Script to the poem HERE.

You’ve also got a wonderful interview with the poet in audio format, on the top of that page. Therein you can listen to the poet talk on his tryst with the language, and the various factors that conditioned his writing.

The first three poems that we would be taking up for our discussion in class would be –

Margaret Atwood’s ‘Journey to the Interior’
David Dabydeen’s ‘Two Cultures’
Chinua Achebe’s ‘Refugee Mother and Child’


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Seminar Invite on Sexual Violence and Social Justice

Zubaan and MIDS
invite you to a seminar on
Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia: The Search for Justice in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 29 June 2016, from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
MIDS, II Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

A three year project on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia, led by a group of nine advisors from five countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), resulted in a wonderful compilation. The 8 volumes that have emerged out of this effort examine a range of issues: from examining the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in times of internal and external conflict to interrogating the prosecution of rape trails in South Asia; from looking at the ways in which women survive and engage with questions of law, evidence, and the courts to considering the issues they have to confront at the level of family and community. This seminar addresses these issues in the context of Sri Lanka – drawing from the volume, The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers.

Seminar Schedule

10.00-11.00 – Opening Session
Opening Remarks – V. Geetha
Setting the Context: Patriarchy and Sexual Violence in Tamil Society – S. Anandhi, MIDS
Introducing the Impunity Study - Urvashi Butalia, Zubaan

Friday, 24 June 2016

A Library in your pocket..!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your library travels with you? Anytime, Anywhere…
The British Council Library, Chennai is now online with its world-class digital library services accessible from within the comforts of your home and anywhere in India. You can now enjoy premium online services at a fee of only Rs. 1,100 annually. Users registering from 10 June to 30 June 2016 will get a one month free extension.

To register, logon to https://library.britishcouncil.org.in; go to ‘Join Now’ and pay Rs. 1,100 online after filling up your details and choosing a British Council centre closest to your location. You will receive your username and password the same day.

Your access to Online Library includes access to the following:

• E-Books – Read and download from over 1,25,000 full text books (academic and fiction). The complete database covers areas like Fiction, Arts, Humanities, Engineering, IT & Computers, Management, Medical Sciences, English Language, Literature, Law, History, Social Sciences, and many more.

• E-Journals - 7000 full text e-journals for academic and research purposes across subjects including Engineering, IT & Computers, Management, Medical Sciences, English Language, Business Communication, Literature, Law, History, Social Sciences, and many more.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Link to Texts for II MA English

Dear Students of II MA English,

Kindly find the link to Gerard Genette’s essay ‘Structuralism and Literary Criticism’ on this link HERE. You may download the pdf document by clicking on the download button found on top of the same page.

Derrida's 'Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences' is available on this link HERE. You may download the pdf document by clicking on the download button found on top of the same page.


Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Bliss Catchers

The second season of ‘The Bliss Catchers’ curated by AVIS Viswanathan will be held on Saturday, 25 June 2016 at Odyssey, Adyar. According to a press release, the event is a part of a popular series, which is inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “Follow Your Bliss’ philosophy.” The event features a live conversation every month between author and happiness curator AVIS Viswanathan and invited guests who have gone on to do what they love doing the most in life. In June 2016 edition, thinker-innovator-dancer-seeker R.S. Ramkumar and international banking professional-turned ‘bucketlist champ’ Ramkey Ananthakrishnan will be taking part, in the programme. For more details, 044–2445 3191.

Scholarships for Arts/UG Students

Srinivas Young Men’s Association provides scholarships to underprivileged students. Financial assistance is provided only for students who pursue a career in arts. For details, call: 044-28445050

Magma Fincorp Ltd, as part of their CSR initiative, is offering ‘M-Scholar’ for undergraduate students from low-income families. Under the scheme, Magma will support 50 meritorious students, whose family income is less than Rs.10000 a month. For details, call 7044033714. Last date to apply is 30 June 2016.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

'Essential Soft Skills for College Students'

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Well-wishers,

I am glad to announce the publication of our next book Essential Soft Skills for College Students authored by this blogger and published by Sri Rudra Learning, Chennai. Dr. S. Armstrong, Head, Department of English, University of Madras has given the foreword for the book. 

For copies, you may contact 
Mr. Ravi Venkatraman, 
H85, S2, TNHB, First Seaward Road, 
Valmiki Nagar, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai – 600 041. 
Email: srirudralearning@gmail.com
Phone: 044-24571277

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Book Talk with Preeti Shenoy

The Hindu Lit For Life presents a BOOK TALK
on the eve of the
On June 17, 2016 @ Time: 6:30 PM.
@ Starmark, Express Avenue, Chennai
The author will be in conversation with
novelist Sandhya Sridhar

All ye book lovers are most welcome!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Memorial Meeting @ MIDS

Remembering a Pioneering Scholar of the Ambedkarite Movement
– Eleanor Zelliot and Her Work

Prof. Manikumar, MS University Tirunelveli
Scholar V. Geetha
Dr. S. Anandhi, MIDS

Dr. C. Lakshmanan, MIDS

Date & Time: Friday, 17 June 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS