An enigma that is Sherlock Holmes

Victorian England and Sherlock   The Sherlock Homes mystery stories, written over a span of 40 years, represented the good, the bad and the ugly of the Victorian society. It was a time of achievement and immense financial growth for England and her colonies. Lead by Victoria and her husband Albert, England saw prosperity like she had never seen before. Albert, a man of science, … Continue reading An enigma that is Sherlock Holmes

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

In the Mira Nair film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, the idea of the two nations- The United States of America and Pakistan- are constantly conflicting with each other. On the one hand America comes across as a saviour to the people of the terror stricken country Pakistan, and on the other, it is a foreign invader that undermines the sovereignty of Pakistan by intruding in the … Continue reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist

A Train to Pakistan

When I sat to watch ‘A Train to Pakistan’, I was reminded of a similar movie I had seen a year back. The movie was a Bengali film titled ‘Raj Kahini’. It was set in the time of the India-Bangladesh partition. The story is of a brothel in the India-Bangladesh border and how the inhabitants of the brothel refused to recognize the new world order … Continue reading A Train to Pakistan

“South Asia as an idea, identity and a region is inevitable”

Geographically, India, Pakistan, Nepal, china, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Japan belong together. They, excluding Japan and parts of China, belonged to the same mass of land called Gondwana that drifted from the south and joined the landmass now known as Asia. So, if one looks at these countries from a geographical perspective, the idea of south Asia as a region is inevitable. Tracing history, … Continue reading “South Asia as an idea, identity and a region is inevitable”

Jane Austen- a feminist?

Was Jane Austen a feminist writer, or did she too, like the rest of her contemporaries bow down to the norms and ways of the patriarchy? This is the question I will try to answer in the following research paper. I hope to borrow from her five novels: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Persuasion. In addition, I believe that … Continue reading Jane Austen- a feminist?

Ecocriticism and American Transcendentalists with special reference to Walden

What is Ecocriticism?   Ecocriticism is the study of representations of nature in literary works and the interconnection between literature and environment. This, as an academic discipline can be traced back to the romantic era when authors were increasingly getting keen about the environment around them. The romantics saw nature as a source of inspiration and developed on the idea that there was a mystical … Continue reading Ecocriticism and American Transcendentalists with special reference to Walden

Alexander Pope’s notion of poetry and criticism in his Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot and An Essay on Criticism

Alexander Pope   Alexander Pope was one of the steering forces of the neo-classical age. He was born to a catholic family in the year 1688. Being a catholic at that time was filled with risks. Along with that, Pope also acquired a tubercular bone disease owing to which he had a deformed body. He hence never developed any long lasting friendships. He was self … Continue reading Alexander Pope’s notion of poetry and criticism in his Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot and An Essay on Criticism