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Friday, January 28, 2011

Deadline Extended: Critical Response to Mahesh Dattani

Call for Papers:

Critical Response to Mahesh Dattani

Dr. Vishwanath Bite

Dear All,

I am pleased to forward this call for book tentatively titled Critical Response to Mahesh Dattani Scholarly articles/ papers are invited from Scholars, Critics and Academicians before 30th April 2011. The book will be published by well-known publisher with ISBN.

Editing requirements:

  • Paper size: A4, Font & size: Times New Roman 12, Spacing: Single line, Margin of 1 inch on all four sides.

  • Title of the paper: bold, Sentence case (Capitalize each word), centered.

  • Text of the paper: justified. Font & size: Times New Roman 12.

  • References: Please follow MLA style (Only Author-Date or Number System) strictly. Don’t use Foot Notes, Use End Notes

  • Titles of books: Italics.

  • Titles of articles from journals and books: “quoted”.

  • Articles should be submitted as MS Word 2003-2007attachments only.

  • The paper should not usually exceed 11 pages maximum, 6 pages minimum in single spacing.

  • Each paper must be accompanied by

i)                    A declaration that it is an original work and has not been published anywhere else or sent for publication
ii)                    Abstract of paper about 100-200 words and
iii)                 A short bio-note of the contributor(s) indicating name, institutional affiliation, brief career history, postal address, mobile number and e-mail, in a single attachment. Please don’t send more attachments.
iv)                 Give these things below your paper and send all these things in a single attachment.
The papers submitted should evince serious academic work contributing new knowledge or innovative critical perspectives on the subject explored.
Mode of Submission:

Each contributor is advised to send full paper with brief bio-note, declaration and abstract as a single MS-Word email attachments to email address:   up to 30th April 2011. The contributors are also supposed to submit one hard copy of the same i.e. (i) Full paper (ii) A declaration (iii) Abstract and (iv) Brief bio-note typed in above mentioned format on any of postal addresse given bellow. One hard copy is required for our record. Without hard copy no paper will be considered for publication.

Selection Procedure:

All submissions will be sent for blind peer reviewing. Final selection will be made only if the papers are recommended for publication by the reviewers. The details of the selection of your paper will be informed to you telephonically or on your email. The editor has the right to make necessary editing of selected papers for the sake of conceptual clarity and formatting. Non-selected papers will not be sent back to the contributor in any form. So, all contributors are advised to keep a copy of their submission with them.

Dr. Vishwanath Bite
Assistant Professor,
Department of English,
Bharati Vidyapeeth's
MBSK Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Kadegaon,
Tal. Kadegaon, Dist. Sangli.
Maharashtra, India. 415 304.
Mobile: 09423278008

Chief Editor,
The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN (0976-8165)

The Criterion Vol I. Issue III. Released

ISSN 0976-8165
The Criterion
An International Journal in English
Vol. I. Issue III.                                                                                                                  December 2010


1. An Interview with Dr. Basavaraj Naikar By Dr. Vishwanath Bite
Dr. Vishwanath Bite

Book Review:

1. Creative Writers on Indian English Novelists
Madhuri Bite

2. A Bird Alone
Pinaky Roy


1. The Spiritual Sense of Alienation in Diasporic Life: Reading Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Sunetra Gupta and Jhumpa Lahiri

Dr. Amit Shankar Saha

2. Dramatising Democracy/Democratising Drama: A Cross Sectional Analysis

Dr. Anita Singh


Dr. Arjun Jadhav & Prashant Mothe

4. Existential Predicament in Arun Joshi’s The City and the River

Dr. Arvind Nawale

5. Stereotypes in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia

Cristiana Cornea

6. Multidimensional dialogues in Harold Pinter’s Old Times

Dr. Dinesh Panwar


Jothilakshmi.R & Dr. G.Meenakshi Sundaram

8. Portrayal of Motherhood: A critique of Kamala Das’ and Nissim Ezekiel’s Select poetry

Dr. Naveen K. Mehta

9. Girish Karnad’s Yayati and Bali: The Sacrifice: A Study in Female Sexuality

Pratima Chaitanya

10. Gender Discrimination in Mahesh Dattani’s Tara

M. A. Sami Siddiqi

11. Ayn Rand's Art of Characterization with special reference to The Fountainhead

Tamaji Kamble

12. Racism : A Colour Paradigm in Asif Currimbhoy’s Goa

Dr. Yoosaph A.K.

Short Fiction:

1.Stranger Things Pdf                                                 By Jamie Wilson
2.Chance Encounter Pdf                                             By Paulina Shur
3.TOWARD THE LIGHT Pdf                                   By Phil Richardson
4.An Excerpt from the Novel Dreamland Pdf              By Rosalind Williamson


1. A Rite of Questions Pdf                                        By Francis Raven
2. Damascus Gate Pdf                                              By Jacob Newberry
3. No Soup For You Pdf                                          By Jennifer Donnell
4. Electric in the Sun Pdf                                           By Michael Lee Johnson
5. Space and Time Pdf                                              By Ron Koppelberger
6. Floating Pdf                                                          By Salil Mirashi
7. Creation 101 Pdf                                                  By Sarah Joy Freese
8. The future Pdf                                                       By Shelly Bhoil
9. Pānchālī Pdf                                                         By Sunil P. Narayan

Thursday, January 13, 2011


1. The present age is completely dominated by science.

2. Science has added much too material comforts, health, resources and power of man.

3. The aesthetic and imaginative enjoyment is completely denied to modern man.

4. Science has told man nothing of ultimate purposes or even the immediate purpose of life.

5. There is much vital in life which does not lie within the sphere of science.

6. Science rules over the world of matter, but is helpless in the world of spirit.

7. Unsupplemented and uncorrected, science gives an inadequate view of Life.

8. The co-ordination of the different branches and sub-branches of knowledge and its application to human welfare is very essential.

This is the age of science. Science has made such tremendous progress in a short period of three hundred years that life seems a mess without the amenities provided by science. The process of agriculture, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our social relations, were all at one time under the domination of religion, but gradually they have passed out of its control and become subjects for scientific study. The scientists have revealed the mysteries of nature, and have harnessed the most powerful forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
Science has added considerably to the material comforts of man. It has annihilated distance, time and space. The means of communi­cation have become much easier and swifter. The means of transport are much more comfortable, convenient and safer. Electricity does every odd job for us. It keeps us warm in winter and cool in summer it lights our houses, cleans our utensils and washes our clothes. Medical science has proved a great boon to man. Countless new drugs have been discovered to relieve and cure human sufferings. Penicillin is almost a panacea. Even those diseases which were considered to be fatal are being tackled successfully. To be indifferent to science is to refuse the inexhaustible material gifts of science which have already added so much to the health, resources and power of man.
Science, no doubt, has made our life very comfortable and rich materially. But these comforts do not mean happiness. True happi­ness lies in the peace of mind. The materialistic attitude which we have developed because of science has added to our miseries. We are full of hurry and worry, and in the midst of ever-increasing social and political excitements, we do not have any leisure and there is no time for us to stand and stare. The world is too much with us; we are totally engrossed in the worldly activities. The aesthetic and imagi­native enjoyment is altogether denied to us.
Science has made the world jump forward with a leap. It has built up a glittering civilization, opened up immeasurable avenues for the growth of knowledge and added to the power of man to such an extent, that for the first time, it has become possible to conceive that man can triumph over and shape his physical environment. Man has become almost a geological force, changing the face of the earth chemically, physically and in many other ways. But all this is of no real use to him until he has knowledge of the ultimate purposes or at least an understanding of immediate purpose. Science has told him nothing about any purpose in fife.
There is no visible limit to the advance of science if it is given the chance to advance. Yet it may be that the scientific method of observation is not always applicable to all the varieties of human experience and cannot cross the unchartered ocean that surrounds us. It has little to say about creations of the human spirit which alone are immortal, great literature or great art. It is dumb if we explain the greatest human works or emotions or experiences. The ultimate purposes of man maybe said to be to gain knowledge. The scientific method of objective enquiry is not applicable torn these and much that is vital in life seems to lie beyond its scope—the sensitiveness to art and poetry, the emotion that beauty produces, the inner recognition of goodness. The botanist and zoologist may never experience the charm and beauty of nature; the sociologist may be wholly lacking in love of humanity.

Man lives in two worlds—the world of matter and the world of ‘Spirit. The scientist, indeed, is the ruler of the world of matter which is completely under his dominance. But the latter is altogether beyond his sway. He seems quite helpless in the world of spirit which is of vital importance for human life and cannot be ignored. Moreover, there are large numbers of problems like man’s relation with God and nature, question of death and birth, sin and virtue— which science is unable to explain and which form an integral part of human life. The final mysteries still remain far beyond the reach of human mind, and are likely to continue to remain so.
It is true that science encourages a forward looking and active temper of mind. It helps in removing the cobwebs of superstition, dogma and ignorance. But unsupplemented and uncorrected, it gives an inadequate view of the world. The co-ordination of the different branches and sub branches of knowledge and its application to human welfare is the main function of man’s life. The scientist with all his logic and objective enquiry is not capable of achieving it. It is, therefore, with the temper and approach of science, allied to philosophy, and with reverence for all that lies beyond, that we must face life. Thus, we may develop an integral vision of life which embraces in its wide scope the past and the present, with all their heights and depths.


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