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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Amitav Ghosh's 'Fiction'

A Times of India report states that the Central Board of Secondary Education "has revised the existing Elective English syllabus and decided that from 2007, two novels by [Amitav] Ghosh be included, one of which will be taught as compulsory text in the fiction category."

The article continues: "It has been decided that Ghosh's Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma will be taught as a compulsory novel. Till now, only Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea was the board's recommended compulsory novel."

When one last checked, the book in question was clearly non-fiction -- part travelogue, part historical essay. And this is going to be taught as "fiction"?

The article quotes "an official from Delhi": "Times have changed and the entire world is talking about Indian origin authors writing in English. The NCERT had recommended that we should introduce our students to Indian-English writing and that we could start with Ghosh, who is today the most sought after author in his category."

Fine, but for heaven's sake, get the category right.


  • That mis categorization is so typical for the government wallahs. Pathetic.
    Perhaps they should teach these politicians and officials better sense too...but wait, then where would the QUOTA wallahs go?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:10 PM  

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