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Zulfikar Ghose

COLUMN: PASSAGE TO BEAUTY

As we read in history, since ancient times the Indian subcontinent has attracted explorers and invaders to raid its... Updated Jun 24, 2019 09:40am

COLUMN: UNPOETIC POETS

Much of today’s English-language poetry seems to be written by people who believe themselves to be poets, but have... Published Apr 28, 2019 07:16am

COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM TENNYSON

Some years ago I visited the English department of a university in Pakistan and, on entering the chairman’s ... Updated Nov 26, 2018 03:32pm

COLUMN: PEREC AND THE PUZZLED SELF

Many readers may have heard of a French novel called La Disparition by Georges Perec, written without using the... Updated Sep 16, 2018 10:37am

COLUMN: EXILED AMONG SPIDERS

Summertime and the tourists are abroad, I among them, seeing the world through a veil of ignorance cast over it like... Published Jul 22, 2018 07:59am

COLUMN: AMONG EYELESS STATUES

The shock that then jolts the reader is the substitution in the reader’s mind of the rats by people... Published May 20, 2018 08:02am

COLUMN: ALL BECAUSE ALICE WAS TIRED

When John Ashbery died last summer, I was reminded of the novel he co-wrote with James Schuyler, A Nest of Ninnies,... Updated Jan 14, 2018 06:42pm

COLUMN: A HERO OF OUR TIME

At another time in another place, a writer complained in the preface to his novel. Updated Nov 13, 2017 11:47am

COLUMN: SO, YOU WANT TO BE PUBLISHED?

Half a century ago, a competition for a first book of poems, to be judged by W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender, for... Published Sep 17, 2017 07:01am

COLUMN: The Unforgettable Hatterr

There’s many a neglected genius in literary history. Sometimes, chance leads one to discover a work of... Updated Apr 10, 2017 05:24pm

COLUMN: What’s it all about?

REVIEWING a new play on the radio, a drama critic described it at length — a soldier returning from Afghanistan... Updated Feb 05, 2017 09:32am

Fraudulent fame

There may be several reasons why a writer reaches the heights of popularity, but great writing is not necessarily one of Published Dec 25, 2016 07:18am

Extraordinary stories

On some of the best short story writers and how their craft is executed Published Oct 30, 2016 07:27am

Poets as critics

John Dryden and Alexander Pope’s expressions of what constituted a great poem set an example that has been followed by Published Aug 28, 2016 07:24am

The Faustian saga

A look at the German legend of Faust and an array of artistic and literary works it has influenced throughout history Updated Jul 10, 2016 08:45am

To inspire young writers

On writing in a foreign language — English — and the penchant for using quotations Published Apr 10, 2016 06:58am