My day job involves introducing my students to the quirks of the English language and helping them deal with those quirks. Given that English happens to be the second or even third language for almost...
Yash Raj Goswami
Yash Raj Goswami is a part-time teacher and full-time brooder.
It’s food for the soul, even if not always for the brain.
28/03/2017 12:57 PM IST
At a time when taking any kind of creative liberty with historical narratives in more popular art forms such as cinema is fraught with risk, perhaps it is a good thing that the novel, being a marginal...
24/02/2017 3:24 PM IST
It's that time of the year when we are (pleasantly) reminded of the fact that there are people among us who still read books. It's the season of literature festivals. The most glamorous of them all, t...
16/01/2017 1:03 PM IST
A Congress MLA from Chhattisgarh was recently suspended for making derogatory comments about Mr. Rahul Gandhi. According to media reports, the MLA said that he wouldn't call a donkey a horse. Now I be...
07/11/2016 5:15 PM IST
As someone who always carries a book in my bag, I am often advised to buy Kindle. I have myself have often toyed with the idea of buying one. Kindle is lighter, can store many books at once, has a gre...
10/10/2016 8:44 PM IST
I am writing this in a train and sitting next to me are an elderly couple. The gentleman is easily in his mid-60s and is reading a book. Curious to know what book he's reading I tilt my head at a cert...
16/09/2016 2:32 AM IST
A couple of months ago, a friend and I were ambling in Delhi Haat, where we encountered an exquisite painting. The painting depicted Krishna massaging Radha's feet. My friend found the painting a bit curious. When we sat down to treat ourselves with some melt-in-the-mouth pooranpolis at the Maharashtra food stall, he asked me," Isn't Krishna supposed to be the alpha-male, the chick-magnet? How can he be shown to be so subservient?"
25/08/2016 1:25 PM IST
In at least two of the five classes that I teach at my school, I see the F-word engraved on the desks. Does it bother me? No. Does it amuse me? Immensely! I am most certain (unfortunately) that hardly any of these students have read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. So their act is not in any way inspired but, most likely, instinctive. And every time I realize this upon entering the class, I mentally tip off a hat to J.D. Salinger, and smile.
22/08/2016 2:51 PM IST