Author: Ratan Bhattacharjee

Love, Seduction and Sex: Three Sirens of Literature

Renowned writers have dealt with love, seduction and sex aesthetically and sensitively. Ratan takes a close look into the so-called ‘Victorian taboos’ and shows us how these ‘three sirens’ of literature have been handled by various writers. Here’s a critique. Love, seduction and sex are the three sirens of literature. In the hands of a good writer, […]

Fake Universities Doom Education in India

The Education Mafiosi is turning the temples of learning into education shops. There are 21 fake universities, 340 private institutions run unaccredited courses and merely 4352 universities and colleges, out of 31,000, are accredited. The scenario is grim. Here’s an in-depth report by Ratan. The higher education commission recently released a list of 21 ‘fake universities’. Technical schools […]

Two Dark Poems

Different Truths introduces poems from this issue. Ratan pens two dark poems that deal with hatred, violence and deaths, unleashing untold miseries that men in the supreme ignorance bring forth on others. It is also a time of resolute strength, patience, hope and love. Martin Luther King Jr. rightly said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only […]

Reaching out to Africa in Literature

Ratan maps the development of African Literature. African writings form the Fourth World Literature. This emerging voice has caught the attention of researchers and readers alike. Here’s an in-depth account. Jack Canfield once said, “One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Gandhi in India, […]

Superwoman and the Fourth Wave of Feminism

Ratan examines the emergence of Superwoman and the fourth wave of feminism, in a historical perspective. The New Woman has to strive very hard to establish her identity in the oppressive patriarchal system. In her book, Super Woman Syndrome, Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz describes women as excelling both in career and family. But recently in science fiction and comics Superwoman emerges […]

Is Pen Mightier or Paper Dead!

Here the writer reminisces about pen. He is anguished that in this paper free era, pen has become redundant. Bygone is the day when we can stick to the famous words of Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, ‘Pen is mightier than the sword’. Everyone knows and feels that ‘pen and paper’ bond is a priceless one. You feel naturally creative […]