This is one of those love poems which never leaves the heart. What use if we call poetry texts? What use if we forget that poetry is what makes us human? What use to know that the Big Bang occurred if one has not felt abject in a sky afire with stars?
This is an interrogation of the Valley of Words’ nominated book, Buddha at Work through a Nichiren Buddhist hermeneutics. In this process the review proves Jim McGuigan and Harold Bloom correct in their invectives against cultural populism.
I came across this book through the VoW literary festival to be held in November 2018. Therefore I took it up for review and I find it is one of the best books in the market on its subject and falls within the continuum of Kakar and Ira Trivedi. Though I compare Rajkotia with Kakar and later, Leonard Cohen, she simply bows to cultural populism and her book is ephemera when compared to the Kinsey Reports, leave alone Henry Miller or/& Anais Nin’s works. This review proves the uselessness of studying popular culture. John Storey be darned.
This is a review of a cookery book nominated for the Valley of Words book competition, 2018. The review sees the book as a historically important document on colonialism.
VoW 2017 celebrated the joy of scholarship without ado.
VoW 2017 was the first edition of the Valley of Words Literary Festival which invited me as both a resource person and a speaker in academic sessions. The Festival is the brainchild of Sanjeev Chopra who plans to begin a University there.