Present Tense: Living on the Edge

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Item Code: IDG817
Author: Namita Gokhale & Sheela Reddy
Publisher: Lotus Collection, Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8174363084
Pages: 142 {1Chapters in B/W Figures}
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"

Book Description

From the Jacket

Present Tense: Living on the Edge is the culmination of the second annual Writers' Retreat organized in Mussoorie and Landour by Roli books and Namita Gokhale. The participants were from a cross-section of society-two politicians, a Bollywood lady-director and scriptwriter, a dream analyst, a famous general, a war-reporter, a respected administrator, an emotive painter, a cartoonist, a historian, a sociologist, and several media persons.

An anthology of essays, musings, fictional speculation, and visual art, Present Tense attempts to understand, discuss, sometimes define the difficult times we inhabit. Present Tense takes issues of ethnic identity, divisiveness, riots, hamara-tumhara, the insidious cycle of marginalization, alienation, anger and reprisal, beyond the sanitized constraints of media discourse into voices of real and visceral fears, of outrage, protest, and of hope.

From the Back of the Book

Do books, movies, philosophers really change the world? Do they alter human behaviour, which hasn't seemed to improve despite centuries of great literature and art…. No other species on this planet-except the proverbial ant-behaves so horribly. In the face of such lust for war, how can I Pontificate to others, or even convince myself that stories of love, justice, peace and heroism will actually transform the world into a better place? Yet, it's our eternal hope that someday these dreams will come true….

Tanuja Chandra


About the Contributors vii
Namita Gokhale
Freedom and Fraternity in Bollywood
Tanuja Chandra
Present Tense: A Historian's Perspective
Mushirul Hasan
A bureaucrat's Experience-Civil-Military Relations in Jammu and Kashmir
Wajahat Habibullah
The Remains of the Self An Epitaph for a Bombay Reporter
Manju Kak
You, Me and Us
Ziya us Salam
Of Ghosts and Writers: A Graphic Story
Empire and Hubris
Sheela Reddy
Licence to Strike: U.S. Policies of Counter-Proleferation Post 9/11
Carin Fischer
Old Times and Present Tense
S. Krishna Kumar
Stepping across Lines: Transnational Activism and the Promise of Peace in India and Pakistan
Zoya Hasan
Present Tense: Anger and Alienation
Madhu Jain

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