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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Review Reviewed

Number of times the word 'bling-bling' appears in S. Prasannarajan's India Today review of Gautam Malkani's Londonstani: 4

Number of times the words 'boy' or 'boys' appear as a suffix, not including excerpts: 7
(smartboy, 2; gora boy, 1; bad boys / bad-boy, 2; rudeboy / rudeboys, 2)

Number of times he uses the word ‘desi’, not including excerpts: 3

Number of times he quotes “family-related s**t (sic)” from the text: 2

Most mystifying sentence: “Narrator Jas is his trump card, who in the end provides, like The Sixth Sense without the ghost, a surprise rarely seen in fiction, especially a literary one like this where nothing much happens.”

Second most mystifying sentence: “And Malkani, always going for the spectacular, turns this opening to bring some faux poignancy into the scene.”

Sentence with most words over 7 letters: “The world where Gautam Malkani, an editor with Financial Times, London, places his hyper-kinetic imagination is a familiar one, sustained by identity, assertion, freedom and selective assimilation.”

3 Comments:

  • Dear, dear Prasanna! *groan groan groan, double groan*

    By Blogger Jabberwock, at 12:33 PM  

  • As bad as this sounds, it is par for the course at India Today.

    For all their reach, you would think they would pay more attention to their language... their English is consistently pathetic.

    By Anonymous Karthik, at 7:07 PM  

  • Ah, Prasannarajan's reviews. Some day they will be bound together and read as part of a course on 'how not to write book reviews'. The book may even become a bestseller, replacing Khushwant Singh's jokebooks as the funniest read by Indians.

    By Blogger The Marauder's Map, at 1:14 PM  

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