Comments / reviews of the novel,

- Behind a Cultural Cage -


Author - Pranav S. Joshi 

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Unlocking Life Cultural Cage

by

Judy Goh

Posted in Past Programmes on 11/11/2009 11:42 am

 

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"Novel seeks to define a Singaporean identity in a cosmopolitan context."

 

A review written by Dr. Adeline Koh

Postdoctoral fellow, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore


Quarterly Literary Review Singapore - QLRS

Vol. 7 No. 3, July 2008

 

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Pranav Joshi is writing the myth of the New Singaporean.

 

His main protagonist is not so much a character as an archetype, one whose eyes on the world can hardly be mistaken as foreign. Kenneth Lai gives clarity to both the original immigrant instincts which have defined Singapore historically and the abyss-embracing ones of the new professionals which – according to the official map of the future – must define Singapore in the twenty-first century.

 

Joshi moves nimbly, and sometimes humorously, through a maze of cultural encounters set on a scale that is no less than epic. This incurably hopeful novel appears to be either the latest twist in the fiercely Singaporean genre of nation-building stories or an enchanted corporate fable in disguise, or both.

 

 DR. GWEE LI SUI, POET AND ACADEMIC

 

 

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"A literary classic that rises to a new height where the prose hums with beauty, unfolding intricate, heart-warming circles that celebrate such lessons of life, which are not commonly found elsewhere."

 

DR.  C.  ALEXANDER, PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

 

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"An extraordinary, gripping tale that creates a wholesome substance, efflorescing with vivid colours and the human spirit that will linger in your heart even after you've finished reading it."  

 

PROF.  PINKI  SINGH, PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

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"In today's world, where cultural differences are viewed with suspicion, and settled by guns, riots, and lawsuits, this novel communicates a message of understanding and peace that does not require any judgment on validity."

 

MRS. ILA KOTADIA, LAWYER AND PHILOSOPHER

 

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"I have read the excerpt of your book in your attachment and I admire your literary work and the humour applied therein. You have the art of writing well and I envy your style and literacy."

 

MR. REWA MIRPURI

AUTHOR OF THE BOOKS, "BOOK OF HUMOUR" AND "BEST OF HUMOUR"