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; 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. 
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

Monday, 6 June 2016

Crazy Little Things: Poetry and Music Open Mic

'Crazy Little Things' is an evening of open mic for music and poetry, hosted by Mocking Birds and Spot Note Music. The event is open to all poets, musicians, singers, and song writers who wish to perform their works. It's also open to art enthusiasts who'd love to listen to the artists perform. 'Crazy Little Things' is all about expression, celebration and collaboration.

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Saturday, 11 June 2016
Venue: Madhatter's Tea Garden, Chetpet


Registration Form (Performers and Audience):

The performers will be provided with
* 5 minutes performance time
* 2 mics, one line out cable.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

EUFF - 2016 Welcomes you...

in  association with the
Cinema d’Europe @ The Alliance Francaise of Madras
Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan,
British Council, Chennai  
are organizing the
21st  European Union  Film Festival,  
from Monday, 06 June 2016 to Saturday, 18 June 2016
On 06 June, the Illusionist will be screened at 6 pm.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Essay Writing Scholarship

This 'Essay Writing Scholarship' note is on behalf of a good friend Irene Fenswick with whom we collaborate online. Creative students are encouraged to take up the challenge. All the best!
 Smart.Study provides $1500 in scholarships for talented students who demonstrate mastery of essay writing.

Scholarships will be awarded to winners of the Smart.Study Essay Writing Contest on August 15, 2016.
The contest is simple. Here are the basic rules:

•            The Essay Writing Contest starts on June 1, 2016, and lasts until August 1, 2016.
•            All students, regardless of academic level and location, are eligible to participate.
•            The $1500 scholarship will be divided between three winners.

All submitted works will be evaluated by a team of highly qualified writers and editors from August 2, 2016, to August 14, 2016.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

SET Answer Keys Released

The Answer Keys for the various subjects as part of the SET (State Eligibility Test) have been released recently on the internet. They can be accessed on the website:

However, only the candidates who wrote the examinations can see the answers, by keying in their registration number, mobile number, and email id.

SLET was conducted in Tamil Nadu at different centres, including Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, and Trichy on 21st February 2016. An estimated 57000 post-graduates took the test this year.

According to official sources, the results of SET are expected shortly after consultations with UGC authorities.

A 'Bob Dylan Tribute'

If you’ve grown up with Dylan’s electrifying, raw and rough-edged singing for all-time company, it’s time for you folks to join me in paying a visit to Phoenix Market City on Saturday, 21 May 2016.

The Mall, that has been regularly hosting popular artists for a long time now, is now up and about, hosting ‘Bob Dylan Tribute by Lou Majaw Live’, a tribute to the greatest songwriter and folk rock artiste of our times.

Day, Date and Time: Saturday, 21 May 2016 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Venue: Phoenix Market City, 142, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai

About Bob Dylan: As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. His ‘Visions of Johanna', ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’, 'Like a Rolling Stone’ etc., are some of his milestone, trendsetter albums of sorts.

Friday, 29 April 2016


Topic: Evolution of Fiscal Transfers in India: Challenges Ahead
Speaker: Dr. Sitharam Gurumurthi, IAS (retired)
Member, Planning Board, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli
Chairperson: Shashanka Bhide
Professor and Director, MIDS
Date & Time: Wednesday, 04 May 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS
All are cordially invited

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Call for Papers

[This note is on behalf of my friend and brother Dr. Kavi from Bishop Heber College, Trichy. Please read on and do submit your original, unpublished articles either for this volume or for the other one that is up on the next post. Do visit his wonderful blog for more details.]

Dear learned friends,
I feel delighted to inform you that I am editing two volumes of books - "Enriching English Language Teaching" and "English Literature across East and West" which are my 7th and 8th books respectively. If you have original unpublished articles you are welcome to contribute. I request you to pass on this information among your learned colleagues and friends.

The details are available on my blog.
Kindly check my blog
Dr. K.Kaviarasu, M.A., M.Phil., PGDELT., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of English,
Bishop Heber College (Autonomous),
Trichirappalli - 620 017
Phone: +91-9894981142

Call for Papers

[This note is on behalf of my friend and brother Dr. Kavi from Bishop Heber College, Trichy. Please read on and do submit your original, unpublished articles either for this volume or for the other one that is up on the next post.]


I [Dr. Kaviarasu] am pleased to inform you that I am editing my 7th book entitled “English Literature across East and West” with an ISBN. Original, unpublished, quality research papers are invited from Researchers/Scholars/Members of Teaching Fraternity. The wide range of areas focused in this book are:

ü  British and European Literature
ü  American and Canadian Literature
ü  African and Caribbean Literature
ü  Indian Writing in English and other Asian Literatures in English
ü  Australian Literature
ü  Literary Theories and Criticisms
ü  Translations of World Literatures  

The papers will undergo a Blind Peer Review process. So, the contributors are advised to strictly adhere to MLA 7th Edition methodology and Works Cited and are expected to send the error-free paper on or before 10 May 2016. The book will be published in May 2016.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A 'thoughty' treatise of sorts...!

Scene I: A breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room, I slipped in there.  It contained a bookcase: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures. I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement. 

Scene II: Bessie asked if I would have a book: the word book acted as a transient stimulus, and I begged her to fetch Gulliver’s Travels from the library.  This book I had again and again perused with delight.  I considered it a narrative of facts, and discovered in it a vein of interest deeper than what I found in fairy tales. 

Like Jane, was I, when I had my hard copy of Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts in hand. I was, too, like Jane - ‘shrined in double retirement’, and very much like her, this particular book, ‘I had again and again perused with delight’!!!

Well, everything about the book fascinates me! The book is simply unrivalled in the treatment of its new-age subject with time as its central metaphor or paradox!

After ploughing in all earnestness through the 440 pages of ‘transient stimulus’ that the book offers, my eyes rested on the wonderful epilogue to the book titled, ‘Enquire Within upon Everything’ by Richard Powers.

After having read through this wonderful book (in around a week’s time), I was thrilled or rather enthralled by this ‘oh boy’! epilogue. What a brilliant way of putting things in perspective! Indeed most of the essays in the volume, like the ‘Migration of the Aura or How to Explore the Original through Its Facsimiles,’ or ‘the Truth in Versions’, or ‘Untidy Generativity’, or ‘Electronic Linguistics,’ or ‘Rewiring Culture, the Brain, and Digital Media,’ or ‘Re-placing’ – now all these wonderfully thought-provoking articles have their logical culmination in this wonderful epilogue by Powers. Those of you who’ve read his ‘Pulitzer-winning’ novel The Echo Maker can tune yourselves in without much ado - in sync with his frame of mind – to yet another brilliant narrative of Powers - this time in prose – for those wonderful ‘relating modes of thought’ that pervade this thoughty [my coinage J ] treatise!

Just giving you excerpts [aka a teaser trailer] from the first two pages!

Say a boy is born in a northern middle class suburb of the large Midwestern metropolis of C.

Say he is born in the year 1989.

This is the last of years. This is the first of years.

This is the year the walls come down and the webs come up.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Are you game???

Are you a Teacher/Professor based in Chennai?

Do you feel like, ‘If only I were able to escape away into another time, far far away from the madding crowd?’

Well, do you have it in you to be a part of a grand road trip that traverses the length and breadth of India?

Do you sense your soul reverberating to the finest of music when you wake up to hear your friends call you for an enticing road trip of 2000 kilometers and more? Does the sight of a summer getaway entice you more than your KFC or Dominoes?

Then, plan packing your travel bags and join us rightaway!

You need a good car, (not older than three years!!!) and of course, money for your food and petrol. Stay and other amenities would be taken care of!

It’s a Road Trip from Chennai to New Delhi, covering ten hill stations from Morni to Parwanoo, to Nainital, and a whole lot of equally adventurous getaways including amazing adventure sports like trekking, bird watching, boating, Aqua Zorbing, Kayaking, Ziplining, Rafting, Paragliding, etc etc etc…

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Institute Seminar Series @ MIDS

The UID/Aadhar: Understanding the Issues after the Law
Speaker: Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Legal Researcher
Chairperson: Dr. Ajit Menon, Professor, MIDS
Date & Time: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS

Abstract: Is Aadhar UID now mandatory? How does one understand the money bill route, and what are its implications for the validity of the law? What will happen now to the court cases challenging the UID?  Where are we now on the thorny issues of surveillance, tracking, profiling, biometrics, private and foreign companies and subsidy? What does the law say? And why is the Aadhar not like the social security number? This discussion will revisit the debates around the UID and examine the implications of the new law.

About the Speaker: Dr. Usha Ramanathan is a legal researcher and a regular guest professor at many universities. She works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights.  Her work draws

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Myriad Musings on Mumbai

Have you ever wondered why Hyundai Santro and its micro-sedan Xcent are the most sought after taxis in the commercial capital of India?

Carved from below a hill!!!
Have you ever imagined in your wildest and weirdest of dreams that autorickshaws are banned in a great part of Mumbai, including the precints in and around the Gateway of India?

Have you ever thought about beaches without waves? [Well, at least in Chennai we don’t!!!]

Well, for an answer you should plan a visit to the Commercial Capital of our country - Mumbai!!! Indeed we [three of us professor-friends from Tamil Nadu and an equal three from Kerala] were witness to this and much more curios on the go, during our three-day tour of this wonderful tinsel-town - dubbed the bollywood of Indian Cinema!

Although the domestic airport is an eyesore, and an apology for an airport, one redeeming feature is that, you’ll forget this eyesore the moment you snatch one step into the International Airport which is really a paradiso eartho!!! And well, on the brighter side, there is no coo cooing by taxi wallahs out there on the high lanes and by lanes, coaxing and cajoling their intended ‘target’ customers, which has become a way of life or shall we say, the norm at the Railway Station and at the Domestic Airport in Chennai! Like in Calcutta, the taxis are regulated by pre-paid taxi stands that don’t charge you a penny extra than what is fixed!

This not only lends credence to their services but also lets the passengers heave a great sigh of relief – far far away from the maddening cries of the taxi wallahs who drone around their ‘victims’ like a bird hovering around its prey!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Internal Marks - Reg

Dear Students, 
All your CIA Marks with me will be up on display on Thursday, 21 April 2016 on the Department Notice Board. Alternatively, they will also be displayed on my table for your convenience. 
Course Teacher

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Talks @ MCC in Audio/Video Format

Dear Students, [Past & Present]
While we make every possible effort to make available to you the video series of the guest lectures by eminent personalities at the Department of English, MCC, may we also take this opportunity to inform you that almost all back volumes of all these guest lectures are available for you in MP3 format.
Some of the lectures by eminent personalities that are available in audio format include:
Dr. Gauri Viswanathan's talk @ MCC
Dr. G. N. Devy's talk @ MCC
Dr. Joseph Dorairaj's talk @ MCC, etc. 
Copies of the same are also available with the College Librarian.
With warm regards, 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Just Arrived...

Dear Students of I MA English,

Your much-awaited book review presentation videos along with Dr. Premila’s scholarly profiling of Ms. Anita Nair and her works, have come in just now. The videos are now up on Youtube.

To view Dr. Premila Paul’s profiling of Ms. Anita Nair, click HERE [Part 1] & click HERE [Part 2]

To view the release of the tenth issue of our bi-annual Journal Eclectic Representations and the release of an anthology of poems titled Upbeat Vista by Ms. Esme Robina, and Ms. Nissy & Team’s wonderful performance, click HERE

With all best wishes,

Class Mentor [I MA English Literature]

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Monday, 4 April 2016

Oral Presentations - An Overview

PG & Research Department of English
Madras Christian College (Autonomous)
Chennai – 600 059
Oral Presentations Day for Book Reviews 2016
Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Guidelines for Student Participants

1.        Begin with the author, title, and date of publication.
2.       Speak clearly, and look directly at your audience (not just at the Prof.!)
3.       Showing the cover of the book is a nice way to capture the attention of the audience, and to quickly demonstrate the book’s length, size, and appearance.
4.      Summarize the thesis or main idea (s) of the book in 2-4 sentences.
5.       Mention at least one memorable aspect of the book, so that at the end of your presentation we all will remember something distinctive about your book.
6.      Limit the presentation to less than 5 minutes.  You should time yourself at least once in advance so you have some sense of how much can be said in five minutes.
7.       Give the book a thumbs-up or thumbs-down for inclusion in a future iteration of our class, and briefly explain why it should (or should not) be included for future students.
8.      Now it’s the turn of the Moderator/Chairperson to ask you questions/clarifications based on your presentations and assess you for a score of 100.
9.      Toppers in each of the five teams win prizes.

I MA English Special Invite :-)

I MA English Special... :-)

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Reading File for I MA English [Updated]

Reading List for Oral Presentations [Updated - 04 April]
Jesus > Religion
Jefferson Bethke
The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
M. T. Vasudevan Nair
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
The Unexpected Guest
Agatha Christie
Lang Leav
Hostage of the Sea
Cherith Baldry
Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
True Believer
Nicholas Sparks
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Tit for tat to Treat for tat
Dr. Pal
Amitav Ghosh
The Cross and the Switchblade
David Wilkerson
Anand Neelakanthan
Bad Ground
Joanna Shalom John
Roadside Crosses
Jeffery Deaver
if tomorrow comes
Sydney Sheldon
Midnight’s Children
Salman Rushdie
The Last Wave
Pankaj Sekhsaria
The Namesake
Jumpha Lahiri
The Rainbow
D. H. Lawrence
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Elie Wiesel
Sudha Murty
Animal Farm
George Orwell
Nikita singh and Durjoy Datta
En Kadha

Kavalaigal anaithirkum theervu
Sri Bhagavath
Abhishek I Singh
The Whale Rider
Witi Ihimaera
Akash Saji Kumar
Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Akil Raj G.
Ner Ner Thema
C. Gopinath
Andrew Titus Jasper
Three Men in a Boat
Jerome K Jerome
Bhuvanesh Kumar
The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
Kumara Sethupathi R.
Manakkugai Chithirangal
Oswin Barnabas
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Phinehash R.
The Sacred Wood
T S Eliot
Ravi Shankar
Digital Fortress
Dan Brown
Sampaul C.L.
The Home and the World
Rabindranath Tagore
"I'm not twenty four... I've been nineteen for five years"
Sachin Garg
Karna’s Wife
Kavita Kane
A. M. Arun Kumar
Vaikom M. Basheer