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Not a Weak Link in the Chain

The founders of the Malaysian based literary journal Anak Sastra borrowed a leaf from their own book when it came time for the commemoration of issue number 25 toward the end of 2016. Though it was decided to mark the … Continue reading

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The Sound of Water

Eight-year-old Chuyia, the youngest and most petite of the heroines of Deepa Mehta’s Water (2005), the closing film in the director’s Elements trilogy, has a hard road ahead of her on the death of her much older spouse. This child … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Earth

Despite the apparent relative ease with which Sweden and Switzerland, as well as a handful of other territories in Europe, walked the tightrope of neutrality during the Second World War this must have been an exceptionally difficult balancing act to … Continue reading

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F-i-r-e i-n I-n-d-i-a

In India’s highly patriarchal culture the eldest son enjoys a privileged position. Ashok, one of the central characters in Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire, fully enjoys the fruits of this exalted lot. He shares his household with his aged, widowed … Continue reading

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Ennui in a Nation with its Back to the Wall – two films by Paolo Sorrentino

As different on a narrative and other levels as they are, two of Paolo Sorrentino’s most well-known films, his Academy Award winning (for Best Foreign Language Picture) The Great Beauty (2013) and Il Divo (2008) comprise a complementary vision. Early … Continue reading

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Awake – The Life of Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda was not the first Indian-born avatar to travel from the venerable nation to the West for the purpose of imparting Eastern wisdom to spiritually hungry masses in the New World. He was preceded by a few, among them … Continue reading

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This Old and Accepted Balance

Forensic anthropologist Anil Tissera returns to her native Sri Lanka at the beginning of Michael Ondaatje’s 2011 novel Anil’s Ghost. The country is still in the throes of a brutal civil war and Anil’s reappearance after many years away is … Continue reading

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