I am not a name The person that I was perished with the dreams that held him together Though I still remember them.
Character as situational allegory in Altaf Tyrewala's 'No God In Sight'
A character in the form of the novel produced today cannot behave in the way in which they did in the period of the bildungsroman. Or, put differently the singular focus on select characters to sketch a depiction of the totality of their lives and efforts is possible today primarily in the genre of memoirs and autobiographies. When a novel cannot resort to such a sustained first person account of oneself, when it slips out of its closeted confessional register which since the Victorians evaluated romances and finances, the use that it makes of character has to change. This is where it is of my interest to examine Altaf Tyrewala’s ‘No God In Sight’ (2005) – a novel that draws on several colliding narratives which appear as snapshots or perhaps postcards of people in their abject entrenching into the professions and personal plights that animate them, to present a representation of metropolitan Mumbai and its periphery. Here the subject is the space of the city itself, with the characters serving as episodic points who illustrate the situation of their lives, perhaps weaving together, in a new way a social imaginary or totality if you prefer which barely resembles historical or mythological epics which traditionally fulfilled this role.
Emulated forms of cultural expression & the place of interfaces
'Structure no more subtracts an ‘empirical’ content from a ‘natural’ object than it adds ‘the intelligible’ to it.' - Jaques Alain Milner, Action of the Structure, 1964
The Blinkered Lens of Privacy
Recently I asked a friend of mine a question which I had been thinking about, and in trying to explain it - a series of simple answers appeared to me, though which did not seem to resolve the matter.
A philosophy of the encounter
Encountering the other has been the terms used by philosophers to depict a novel confrontation. This is not necessarily violent, or even an exchange of any sort. It can be as simple as two strangers meeting each other on the street, even if just passing by. An encounter hence, to begin with - is the perception of the other, in some form, through the faculty of the senses. And a true encounter, as I depict it, is reciprocal - it involves the others perception of yourself.
Re-configuration of the migrant & the return of rent
Zizek observes that the predominant mode of the extraction of surplus value today is no longer capitalist, at least not in any liberal or neoliberal sense. What he means by this is that companies do not predominantly rely on the sale of a product or service and the margins of profit made from such exchanges to expand and reproduce themselves.
Cubiclization of relationships amidst advancements in communicational technologies
As humans, we have an undeniable need - no, dare I say a necessity to share experience. The ways this has been done, ranging from word of mouth, to writing, post, electronic communication, have, in the course of their development accelerated the speed at which this representing of our stories to each other take place. And perhaps, via this mechanism, ushered in forms which may not have been studied formally such as literature or cinema.
Review of ‘Familial Complexes in Individual Formation by Jaques Lacan’
Preface The situation of myself, primarily as an interviewer at PAWS has led me to write to and exchange correspondence with a variety of professionals involved with design, theatre to the culinary arts. Often the selection of which of the interviews would make it to the magazine was a bone of contention between the management and me. For reasons best known to others, the management has chosen to conceal the circulation figures, as well as not heeded my request to include a letters to the editor section. In the absence of any mechanism of feedback, to discern the reception of our articles, and to perhaps make a space of exchange regarding the process and criteria, not merely of the selection of articles, but also their form – which to my eyes need not be relegated to interviews alone, I seek to continue my prior study of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.