Monday, June 12, 2006

literary criticism

Today(11/6) we found ourself sitting in the middle of a literary criticsm for the first time in our life (venue. Adarsh Vidyalaya--Tilak Nagar)..."we" means four of us. Vajeed, Shahim, Dhanya and myself. Franlky speaking, as far as I can remember, this was the first time I have ever listened to a talk by any literary person.

There was this 'critic' on one side and the rest of the writers on the otherside..A very few writers favoured the critic's views too.
The writers consisted of Mr. Subhash Chandran, Ms. Manasi, Ms. InduMenon, Mr. Susmesh, Mr. Rajendran, Mr. Anoop and so and so. These are some names I can remember now. Remember we are away from home in this city, Mumbai. Most of these people came here for a few days program.

In the words of the critic Mr. Srikumar, criticism is like an operation on a literary work. To a kid watching that from out side, it's like killing the patient. So being a kid I restrict myself to just penning down a few arguments and counter arguments heard there.

The criticism was based on the work "Dikambaran" by Ms. InduMenon. The main point of the critic was that the story missed out on the real emotions of the characters and relied too much on using black and white images to its characters.

Writer, Subhash Chandran compared the act of writer to a mountaineer climbing a hill and marking out his love at the highest point so that his followers would know about his love, once they reach there. According to him it requires great passion and effort from the part of the writer. But his fellow writer Susmesh held a view that the writing was always a pleasant and a satisfying experience to him. Anoop shared the experiences of criticisms he got and how he felt about them. Ms. Manasi was concerned about why the critic was keen on a single work by the writer. She brought up some flare in the discussion that was missing..

Finally the writer herself defended comparing her work with the movie "Russian arts" in which a hidden camera was used to copy the real life. According to her, she had expressed her characters looking through the eyes of an outsider.

The discussion was over and the after noon section consisted of story recitation by some of the above writers. We left the place by around 4.30 in the after noon..

..Fernando Alonso won his maden Silverstone, Nadal once again beat the great Federer on clay to clinch French open, The Deutch beat Serbs, Mexicans beat Iran and Portugese beat Angola and finally India did well against West Indies in the tests..

So much so happened in a single day. But I hope our little adventure will remain in my mind for some time to come..


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