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Friday, 24 February 2012

The Hindu Friday Review write up

Published: February 24, 2012 00:00 IST | Updated: February 24, 2012 04:16 IST

Book of essays

LAUNCH Sugata Srinivasaraju's Pickles From Home gives a tangy taste of the bilingual worlds we
often negotiate

“Pickles From Home - The World of a Bilingual” is a book of essays by noted journalist and translator Sugata Srinivasaraju that deals with two linguistic worlds and the perennial gliding that takes place between them. Of the two, what is embedded and constant is the author's native world.
It moves inside him and he compares it to the borderless travel of pickles.
Pickles follow recipes handed down across generations in a family, and they are prepared in pristine and ritualistic environments, observes the author. “That's the secret of their longevity and our palate often remembers and seeks the formulas we have been used to since our very early days. This is the book's metaphor,” he explains. To whatever the author perceives in the wider world, the native view is like a homemade pickle that adds a tangy, sharp tickle. Sugata Srinivasaraju is currently senior associate editor of Outlook. His earlier books include “Phoenix and Four Other Mime Plays” (2005), which won the Karnataka academy of letters' translation prize, and “Keeping Faith with the Mother Tongue - The Anxieties of a Local Culture” (2008). He has also edited and introduced “A Window On The Wall” (2010), the Quit India prison diary of H.Y. Sharada Prasad.
Published by Navakarnataka Publications, the 328-page book is priced Rs. 250. The book will be released on February 28 at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, 6 p.m. onwards. R. Sudarshan, policy advisor, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok, will release the book.
Sugata can be reached at

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