Articles by Neelum Saran Gour
Nov 09, 2019
The Stories In My Life: Dostoevsky's White Nights sees two strangers negotiate unlikely love — and lossDostoevsky's White Nights seems to be built of a certain crepuscular dream-light; it is a story that moves very much in the real world yet seems to exist in some liminal, intensely charged, private universe. It covers typical Dostoevsky terrain: surface conformities covering the most awesome turbulence of conflicted souls, love, exaltation, loss | Neelam Saran Gour writes in 'The Stories In My Life'
Oct 19, 2019
The Stories In My Life: Raja Rao's Narsiga, an impish shepherd, imagines Gandhi in the mould of RamaRaja Rao's story about Narsiga, an impish little shepherd child, imagines Gandhi as Lord Rama, returning victorious to Ayodhya. Narsiga's ideas are moulded by the house he lives in — that of a landlord who also runs an ashram devoted to Gandhian principles and practice | Neelum Saran Gour writes in 'The Stories In My Life'
Sep 21, 2019
The Stories in My Life: Amid changing times, a tale about a music teacher's commitment to perfection, by Alice MunroEvery year, Miss Marsalles has a party — an annual recital presented by her little students — which is a tiresome and tedious affair for her invitees, for she is a relic of a vanished era. But this time, one performance changes how her invitees perceive her work | Neelam Saran Gour writes in this edition of The Stories in My Life
Aug 10, 2019
The Stories in My Life: Leo Tolstoy ponders mismanaged, superficial living in The Death Of Ivan IlyichOf all Tolstoy’s writings, the panoramic story of Ivan Ilyich works its wisdom viscerally into the reader’s experience, compelling us to slip into a two-minute silence when it ends – for Ivan Ilyich, for all humanity, for our own narrow self-project that keeps us distracted from the closure that awaits us all.
Jul 13, 2019
The Stories in My Life: Understanding nationalism and resistance through Alphonse Daudet’s ‘The Last Lesson’Through Alphonse Daudet’s The Last Lesson, sitting in my own classroom, I could just about grasp — very obscurely — the way dominant nationalism in victors could fire up living nationalism in victims | Neelum Saran Gour writes in her monthly column, 'The Stories in My Life'
Jun 15, 2019
The Stories In My Life: Ruskin Bond's writing shines in the stories of Speedy, a wise, discursive crowSpeedy, the crow who features in Ruskin Bond's story A Crow For All Seasons, is someone really special; his observations on life in general and stupid humans (and boorish dogs) in particular are keen and perceptive. His story might be variously titled ‘A Day In The Life Of The Uncommon Crow’ or ‘The Universe According To Speedy, The Crow'.
May 11, 2019
The Stories In My Life: Roald Dahl's 'Genesis and Catastrophe' captures the awesome wonder of brute destinyOne of the things readers like about Roald Dahl is the addictive quality of his stories. If it’s a page-turner we are after, an immersive, compelling, headlong plunge down the page, culminating in a gasp-inducing revelation, no better candidate for cerebral provocation than Dahl.
Apr 13, 2019
The Stories in My Life: Isaac Bashevis Singer's story set in Warsaw just before WWII explores complex ideas with simplicityThe short story Pigeons was written by Isaac Bashevis Singer in Yiddish and later translated into English jointly by the author and Elizabeth Shub.
Mar 09, 2019
The Stories in My Life: Raja Rao's timeless tale of a juggler and a serpent's quest for salvationFirst published by Oxford University Press in 1947, it was one of Rao’s early stories and is possibly now remembered only by Rao specialists.